Friday Dev Update: Item Hotkeys

6:33 AM John Gamble 3 Comments

Since launching in early access, Salt has allowed you to bind hotkeys to items using the keyboard. With the implementation of controller support, similar functionality is required for controllers. I want to talk about the updates to hotkey visuals that is going to be included in the next major update.

Keyboard Hotkeys

Keyboard hotkeys are going to behave as they always did. Mouse over an item and press a number to bind it to that number. As before, you can bind multiple items to the same hotkey which will allow you to cycle between them.

Now, when you bind an item to a hotkey, it will appear on a hot-items bar at the bottom of the screen so that you can more easily tell what you have bound to what button. If you bind multiple items to the same hotkey, the icon for the next item in the sequence will appear in the hot-items bar.

By default, the hot-items bar will only appear when you have your inventory open. We will be adding an option to have it appear at all times for those that desire.

Controller Hotkeys

Using hotkeys with the controller is somewhat similar to using them on the keyboard. Instead of pressing a number key, hotkeys will be activated with a bumper + button combination. When you press one (or both) of the bumper buttons on the controller, the controller hot-item interface will appear at the bottom of the screen (see image below). When it appears, you can then press one of the d-pad directions or A, B, X, Y. If you are in your inventory with an item selected, this will bind that item to that key combination. If you have your inventory closed, it will activate whatever item, if any, that you have previously bound to that button combination.

One thing to note is that you can have a total of 24 unique bindings with the controller since left bumper, right bumper, and holding both bumpers at the same each result in their own set of hotkeys.

As always, we would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions!

- John Gamble (Lead Developer)


  1. Hello
    Thx for the good Work i enjoy the Game
    when can we expect the next Update?
    Greetings from Germany

  2. More hotkeys for the PC please... 1 thru 0, plus ctrl-1 thru ctrl-0 perhaps? My setup is:
    1 - main weapon
    2 - bow
    3 - fishing pole, shovel, pickaxe
    4 - torch
    5 - spyglass
    6 - bandage
    7 - strong bandage
    8 - heal potion
    9 - compass
    0 - sextant...
    No room for all the other fun potions etc

  3. @Ryan
    I just multi-bind like you did with the fishing pole, shovel, pick.

    For instance I have the Compass, Sextant, and Chip Log all on one number. And all health on another.