Moving Out | Controls & Options

A screenshot of the Moving Out PS4 title screen

Moving Out [PEGI 3] is a game described by the developer as a “ridiculous physics-based moving simulator”, that can be played both solo and two-player. The aim is to get the items out of the home and into the removal van within the time limit. Each stage also has extra challenges, which may include, for example, trying to move without breaking certain items, or by making sure the family pets are on the van before leaving!

In this post we will be focussing on the console versions of the game, which appear on PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. It is also available on PC. We will be looking at the controls used to play and also the options avaible in ‘Assist Mode’.


Screenshot showing Default Layout

The ‘Default’ layout controls are:

Left Stick for Player Movement.

X (Playstation 4)/A (Xbox One)/B (Nintendo Switch) for Jump.

Square/X/Y to Throw an item you are carrying, or Slap if you aren’t currently carrying an item. To Throw, by default you hold onto the button, aim with Left Stick and then let go of the button to Throw the item.

L2/LT/ZL or R2/RT/ZR are used to Grab items. This is how you pick up any household goods that need to go into the van. As standard, you need to hold the button for the duration that you wish to hold the item.

Triangle/Y/X is used to get Hints to appear on screen. This will show you which items you need to put into the van, as not everything in the house needs to be packed up. By default, if you are playing co-operatively with another player, pressing the Hint button will also show how many people you need to move that item.  

For all consoles, each of the four D-pad directional buttons will control a different emote. 

Once you have completed the first mission, you go to the world map, where jobs are highlighted. You navigate this map by Driving the van, which you do with the Left Stick. Press X/A/B to select the job you would like to do.

Control Options

There are also three other control layouts to choose from, including a left handed mode and a right handed mode, which move the majority of controls over to the relevant side of the controller. You can pick your controller layout by pausing the game (Options/Menu/+ buttons) and going to Settings and then Controls. Click on the arrows below, to see the different controller layouts:

You can also choose two toggle options, for Grab and Throw. You can choose to have either, or both, of these set to either Hold or Toggle. Toggle Grab means that you must tap the button once to grab onto the item, and tap it again to let go.  Toggle Throw means that you tap the button once to start the throwing process, which means you can aim without having to hold. Tap the button again to Throw.

The PC version of the game features remappable keyboard controls. However, there is not the option to remap a controller on console. You can use the accessibility settings on your console to remap your controller on PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch, but this will not be contextual, and any on-screen prompts will not change to the setup that you have created.

Gameplay Options

A screenshot of the Moving Out Assist Mode options.

Assist Mode features a variety of options that you use to aid gameplay. You can start with Assist Mode switched on at the very beginning of the game. If you start with it off, but wish to switch it on at any point, you will have to quit to the Main Menu. You can then switch Assist Mode on and continue your game; you will lose progress for the specific level if you quit part way through, but you don’t have to restart the entire game. You can simply go back to the level you quit on, and start it again with Assist Mode enabled.

Once Assist Mode is enabled, you can choose which assists you want on. If you decide half way through a level that you would like to switch certain assists on/off, you will have to restart that particular level.

Long Time Limits – each job has a time limit. However, by switching this option on, you will get a longer time period.

Objects Disappear on Delivery – as standard, when you put items into the van, the item will stay in the place that you put it. When stacking other items around it, the van becomes quite full, and items can also fall out of the van. This means it can take up more time trying to put them back in, and trying to rearrange the van to fit everything in. If this becomes difficult, you can choose to make Objects Disappear on Delivery; this means that once you put the item into the van, it will vanish, meaning you have plenty of space for the rest of the delivery as well. Items will not fall back out of the van once you have this option on.

The pictures below show a van starting to fill up, with the Objects Disappear on Delivery option switched off, and also the van with the same number of items load onto it, but with the option switched on.

A screen shot of Moving Out with Objects disappear on delivery switched off.
Objects Disappear on Delivery option switched Off
A screen shot of Moving Out with Objects disappear on delivery switched on.
Objects Disappear on Delivery option switched On

Reduced Difficulty – this option removes any dangers within the level, and also removes any slow down elements. An example would be that it removes traps that can be scattered around the level to slow you down.

Skip Level on Fail – if you don’t manage to successfully complete a particular level, and would rather not keep trying, you can choose to skip the level entirely.

Lighter 2P Items – when playing in two-player, bigger items such as beds and sofas are heavier to lift, and will require two people to move them. This is not the case in solo, where you can lift each item on your own. Selecting this option means that objects are also light enough for one person to move them in two-player also.

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