If you are having trouble landing headshots with the mouse, there is a lot more master than hitting your targets.
This is probably the FPS skill most people will have trouble with, so you definitely need to spend hours to improve it.
Here are some of the tips and techniques I use and still use, to continually improve aim.
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Improve Your Aim in FPS Games
First things first: your skill is only as good as your gear can handle, and the two most important pieces of hardware when it comes to aiming are your mouse and mousepad.
Gaming mice aren’t just designed to be comfortable—pretty much every mouse made in the last fifteen years can make that claim.
They’re designed to be comfortable with more intense, extended sessions of use, and with the kind of hand grips that people use while playing.
- Get a new “gaming” mouse that sits nicely in your hand with variable DPI – and ramp it to the 1 or 2 largest settings.
- Get a mousepad – any rubbish that doesn’t have a good photo layer, just a good mousepad – the cheapest “gaming” is usually quite good (a similar fabric and it sticks to the table, not the mouse).
- Lower the quality setting and go to the display (frames per second)
- Practice, practice, practice (just “Git Gud”)
Mouse DPI – or ‘dots per inch’ – is actually about mouse precision and movement. A figure like 1,000 dpi meane move your mouse, the on-screen pointer or crosshair moves one,000 pixels.
If you find that you often take care of your goals, then change your sensitivity in the game.
you should always disable mouse acceleration, known paradoxically as “Enhance Pointer Precision” It will mess with your aim considerably because the distance of your mouse movement correlating to the distance on your screen will change depending on the speed of your movement and will cause extreme inconsistency, so you don’t want Mouse acceleration.
Also note that in addition to your driver settings, almost every major PC game allows you to adjust the sensitivity of the mouse cursor in its control settings.
Adjust your game settings
Let’s get into the game. Typically, the ideal setup for the most accurate purpose is low sensitivity. Lower sensitivity means that you have to physically move the mouse to change the position of your crosshairs.
Adjusting the game sensitivity setting will help you achieve more precise goals. By default, sensitivity is quite good, but you may prefer to make some adjustments.
Most FPS games will have some type of mode or map that allows you to practice with targets, AI-controlled bots, or both.
The primary objective behind this training is to improve response time. The average person takes about half a second to see a threat and react accordingly. If you translate to an in-game lag then you are looking at an additional 500 milliseconds before you can respond to someone shooting. Muscle memory is one way to reduce that time.
Once you develop muscle memory, you want to make sure it stays with you, whether you change the game or change to a new mouse or monitor resolution.