I often get asked in the comments of my videos “how can I slow down time?” or “how do I use slow motion?” in BeamNG.drive. So I wanted to make this blog post to talk about the various ways of activating slow motion in-game.
The slow-motion feature is built in to BeamNG.drive and does not require any mods to use it. By default, you can use the ‘Alt’ + ‘Left Arrow’ key combination to slow down time and ‘Alt’ + ‘Right Arrow’ key combination to speed it up. Each time you press these keys, time will slow down (or speed up) by intervals of 2x, 4x, 16x, or 100x slower/faster than realtime.
This is great if you’re looking to gradually slow down time as you approach a collision or if you’re looking to speed up time after a collision. However, what if you’d like to quickly jump to 8x slow motion rather than having to scroll through the 2x and 4x by pressing ‘Alt’ + ‘Left Arrow’ a few times? Furthermore, what if you’re at a specific slow motion setting and you’d like to quickly jump back to real time? Thankfully, BeamNG.drive allows you to map keys for these specific actions.
This means that rather than having to continously scroll through the slow motion speeds, we can set the controller mapping to jump specifically to what we need. To set this up, you will need to press the ‘Esc’ key to open the menu options and select the ‘Controls’ option (it’s the one that looks like a D-pad). Next, in order to access the slow-mo controller mappings, make sure you check the ‘List advanced bindings too’ checkbox at the top.
Once you have access to the advanced bindings, you’ll notice that there’s now a section called ‘Slow Motion’ available (you may need to scroll in order to see it). Expand this menu and you will now see the various slow motion options.
You’ll notice the default ‘Alt’ + ‘Left’ and ‘Alt’ + ‘Right’ bindings that we spoke about previously for ‘Slower motion’ and ‘Faster motion’ but here you’ll also find the options for ‘Real Time’ and ‘Slow Motion’. These are the options that we want to bind in order to give us the ability to jump directly to real time and 8x slow motion. You can press the ‘+’ button beside these bindings to setup which key or controller button you want to use. In my case, I use the PS4 DualShock 4 controller so I set ‘Slow Motion’ to the L1 button and ‘Real Time’ to the R1 button. This allows me to easily activate (and disable) slow motion while I’m playing the game.