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How to Find the Best Mouse Sensitivity in CS:GO

Well, get ready for fine-tuning of your aim.

by Nikola L

While some players think and feel that this is a one million dollar question, it’s actually not that quite of a difficult subject. Finding the best mouse sensitivity for you in CS:GO (or any other FPS game for that matter) differs from finding the optimal mouse sensitivity for someone else because, in the end, we’re all unique human beings with unique opinions, unique styles of play, and unique hardware. I’ll help you to reach the path toward your best mouse sensitivity in CS:GO and hopefully, it will help improve your game. Also, we’ll talk about DPI (Dots Per Inch) of your mouse, as it’s an important factor as well.

What DPI is the Best and Which DPI Should I Use in CS:GO?

Well, let’s just say that DPI is the built-in sensitivity in your mouse, in layman’s terms. The bigger it is, the “faster” your mouse pointer moves. But, a bad trade-off is that you are kind of losing accuracy and precision with a bigger DPI. Most professional CS:GO players use 400 DPI. From there, you can fine-tune your sensitivity in-game.

And for Pete’s sake, turn off mouse acceleration in Windows, and everywhere you can!

What is the Best Mouse Sensitivity in CS:GO?

And now, when we’ve sorted all of that out, we can start searching for your best mouse sensitivity in CS:GO.

The premise is fairly simple. We’ll not go into some deep mathematics to keep things simple. Boot up any map in CS:GO (I have used de_dust2, naturally) and find an object, decal, or corner that’s distinguishable. I chose the corner of a wall on Dust 2 CT Spawn because it gives me a 270-degree zone for maneuvering. Before we go any further, I advise you to have a fairly big mousepad. The ones that are smaller than half of your keyboard are not going to cut it. Some players even advise you to get a mousepad big enough for you to make a 360-degree turn from one edge to the other without lifting the mouse.

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The idea of this “training” is to keep your mouse (crosshair) fixated on a specific point (in this case, it’s the edge of the wall) and to move around it from various distances and keep the crosshair on the same spot, wherever you are located.

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To check your current sensitivity type sensitivity in the console, and… a value will show. Now, you know if you should increase or decrease it. I advise you to increase or decrease it by small increments (0.2, or even 0.1). If you are having trouble catching up with your character’s movement, increase it a bit. If you are “overshooting” the target, decrease it.

Later, you can go to different aim maps to test out how you are reacting to the changed sensitivity. We’ve covered aim maps in our general rank-up guide which you can access below:

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Please be advised that you will perhaps see some placebo effects and that you will initially struggle with your muscle memory that remembers the old sensitivity, so like every major change, it will take you some time to adapt to them. Practice a lot in Deathmatch before heading out to a competitive setting.

That’s all for this guide, everyone, please make sure to check out our other stuff related to CS:GO under the game tag below. See you soon at Prima Games!

About The Author

Nikola L

Staff Writer at Prima Games since May 2022. Gaming since being able to hold an Amiga 500 joystick on his own, back in the early 90s (When gaming was good, remember?). He has been through thousands a lot of different video, board, and card games and it seems that he wants to make it tens of thousands soon™. Current favorites: Vampire Survivors, SMITE, Marvel Snap. Participated in the organization of dozens of gaming events and tournaments and has been professionally attached to gaming since 2009.

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