Soft reset (ソフトリセット, Sofuto Risetto?) is a controller-input command that allows the player to quit their game progress and return to the game's title screen, similar to the result of a Game Over. Its key difference to resetting the console is that it does not exit the game. This has been utilized in some games through the Memo File system where the player can save it to the console memory and not to the memory card. The memo save feature is quicker and stays accessible until the console has been interrupted by being reset or switched off.

To cause a soft reset, the player must simultaneously press the shoulder buttons and a number of other buttons depending on the console. Due to the placements of the buttons and rare usage during gameplay, it is hard to accidentally command a soft reset, but not too difficult to command a soft reset when necessary. Usually, a soft reset is feasible any time during gameplay.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Game Boy[edit | edit source]

In the Game Boy installments, a soft reset is triggered by pressing the A, B, Start, and Select buttons simultaneously.

The following games support soft reset:

Game Boy Advance[edit | edit source]

In the Game Boy Advance games, a soft reset can be triggered by pressing the A, B, Start, and Select buttons simultaneously.

The following games support soft reset:

Nintendo DS[edit | edit source]

In Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS games, a soft reset is executed by pressing the R, L, Start, and Select buttons.

The following games support soft reset:

Nintendo 3DS[edit | edit source]

PlayStation[edit | edit source]

In PlayStation, PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3 installments, a soft reset is triggered by pressing the R2, L2, L1, R1, Start, and Select buttons simultaneously.

The following games support soft reset:

PlayStation 2[edit | edit source]

PlayStation 3[edit | edit source]

PlayStation 4[edit | edit source]

Since the DualShock 4 doesn't have the Select and Start button anymore, the soft reset command can now be triggered by pressing L1, R1, and Options at the same time.

PlayStation Portable[edit | edit source]

In PlayStation Portable games, a soft reset is executed by pressing the Right shoulder button, Left shoulder button, Start, and Select buttons.

The following games support soft reset:

PS Vita[edit | edit source]

In Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster, the game can be reset by pressing the Right shoulder button, Left shoulder button and Start buttons, taking the player back to the top menu (the content selector menu).

PC[edit | edit source]

In the PC and Steam releases of Final Fantasy VIII, holding Ctrl+R will perform a soft reset.

Non-Final Fantasy appearances[edit | edit source]

  • Chrono Trigger
  • Chrono Cross
  • Parasite Eve
  • Kingdom Hearts
  • Romancing SaGa 3
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