The heads-up display
The local console that comes with Companion is called Screen Console Manager. Its primary purpose is to provide visual information to the unit about the unit's status through a bar at the bottom of its field of view. It additionally provides icons that the unit can access for adjusting a range of commonly-used features and configuration settings.


The command setup console transfers a copy of the local console from the controller's system memory into the unit's loadable inventory space, under #RLV/~NS/console/<version>, where <version> is the current edition of Companion, and ~NS is the RLV directory path prefix specified in the unit's OEM table. A new console will automatically be delivered if the wrong version is attached, and in many cases simply if it cannot be found during system start.

Opting out: Certain situations may make using the local console undesirable. To suppress activation, delete the _console-screen object from inside of the #RLV directory hierarchy, keeping the empty directories otherwise intact.

Adjustment: To configure SCM, edit the file _console-config inside of the controller's system memory. This will automatically be copied into the HUD if it is not identical to the HUD's current configuration, allowing customizations to persist through system updates. The _console-config file contains comments describing what each variable within it controls.


The main body of the SCM display is a bar that appears across the bottom of the unit's field of vision. This begins with a system-dependent identity badge on the left, followed by a series of segments. Each segment represents a device or system component, uniquely identifiable through their icons. These are described in the next section.

SCM may, from time to time, also display 'pop-out' sections for various activities, such as using an Akashic icon device, displaying tutorial information, or relating time-sensitive information from TESI pertaining to arousal levels (as shown above). For the most part, these interfaces are self-explanatory. Additional documentation for more complex interfaces, such as the TESI interface, is included with the products to which they pertain.


System segment

Model badge
This indicates the identity of the controller currently in use. If the model is for some reason unknown, then the "NS" monogram logo will be displayed instead. Clicking the model badge will open the main menu.

Click this icon to open the applications menu.

Click this icon to open the cortex menu.

Click this icon to open the devices menu.

Click this icon to open the manage menu.

Click this icon to open the personas menu.

Click this icon to open the subsystems menu.

Device segments

This segment is visible whenever a battery is installed. Click the icon to access the battery device directly, yielding a report of its current charge level, degradation status for generation 3 and later batteries (if applicable), and safety information. The segment also shows two gauges:
  • The top gauge indicates remaining battery life. It will turn red when remaining capacity is low.
  • The bottom gauge indicates current power usage. It will turn white when usage is over 100% of normal (780 W).
  • Additionally, text will appear above the battery icon indicating percent battery capacity remaining and current power draw. This text turns blue during charging, and red or orange when the remaining charge is low.

    Multiple handle devices are shown condensed into a single icon. This icon will display both follow target (leash) information and carrier information by default. Click it to access the handle device's menu. If you have multiple handles, the button will access the first handle device that reported in, which may not necessarily be the handle currently being used to carry you.

    The shield device shows two icons: a circle, at the left, and the 'properties' icon (also used for the subsystems menu on the system segment) on the right. Clicking the circle icon will immediately erect an active shield barrier, if supported by the shield device. If one is already active, it will be destroyed. Clicking the properties icon will show the shield capacitor's current charge status. These functions correspond to 'poke' and 'peek' respectively, and can be alternatively activated through the devices > shield menu with the 'access' and 'status' buttons.

    If a collar device is installed, it will display follow information over its icon, superseding the handles icon. Click the collar icon to access the leashing menu.

    Clicking the icon opens the SuperBit's internal menu.

    Akashic Icon
    Clicking the icon opens a special pop-out section for the icon device. Click the segment again to close it.

    ATOS segments

    ATOS/E system segment
    The system segment shows cooler status, system temperature, and system integrity status over its icon. Cooler speed is measured in RPM (revolutions per minute) for fans or CFM (cubic feet per minute) for liquid cooling. See Combat, damage, and repair for more information.
  • The top gauge shows current system integrity. A full gauge indicates the system has taken no damage.
  • The bottom gauge shows current system temperature, on a scale from 0° C to 100° C.

  • ATOS/E weapon segment
    The weapon segment is readily distinguished from the system segment because it includes the weapon's name in the text over the icon. Like the system section, it also relates temperature information, but the top gauge indicates clip status (shots remaining/clip size) instead. The weapon segment is only visible when a weapon is drawn. Only one can be active at a time.