In Minecraft, you may find yourself in a position where the first person view might be unsatisfactory to you. Or perhaps you accidentally pressed a random button on your keyboard and you can’t get out of the odd view that you now find yourself in. In this brief article, we will go over the different camera angles, how to switch to them, and when they would be most useful.
How To Change View
How you change the camera view of your game depends on what system and version of the game you are playing. Here is a list below to help you figure this out:
- PC/MAC: F5 key.
- Pocket Edition: Pause the games and then go to Settings. From there you will press the ‘Video’ button and then press ‘Camera Perspective’.
- PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U: Press down on the left stick.
- Nintendo Switch: Press down on the left joy-con stick.
- Education Edition: F5 key.
The Different POVs
The first point of view would be the default one: First-person. Beyond being the most commonly used point of view that players use in-game it also allows you to see items up close and personal the most efficiently.
With this view, everything is much more up close and personal, but it’s limited to only what you can see through this narrow view.
This leads us to the second point of view which would be the third person. With the third person, you can see not only your character but also some of the space around them.
In this view, you can also be much more skilled at fending off multiple enemies at once without running too much of a risk of being surrounded. The drawback of this point of view is that you won’t be nearly as precise when it comes to attacks or for mining as you would be in the first person.
The final view is the reverse Third person view. You still have a solid view of the character from this perspective, but you will find it lacking in the pragmatic area of your views. Since you will only be able to see what is behind you, you cannot and will not be able to see what is in front of you, making traveling like this a difficult prospect.
This view is mainly used for two purposes. One: for instructional videos or for pictures. This view can allow you to place your character where there is a unique subject matter or backdrop behind them to talk about, or if you just want people to see what your character looks like from their front. The other use is if you are running away from a situation and want to see if what you are running away from is far enough away from you.
Having different viewpoints to play within Minecraft can be loads of fun depending on what you are doing. At the end of the day, it’s not about which viewpoint is the best however, it’s how you use that different viewpoint to your own advantage.