Apex Legends is an action-packed first-person shooter where reaction times and aiming are king. The game requires players to always be alert for threats and to have the aiming skill needed to gun down their opponents at a moment’s notice.
However, aiming skills don’t mean much if you don’t have the right settings in place. Whether you’re playing on PC or console, you’re eventually going to have to tweak your settings to get the best out of the game. But just what settings are the best? What’s the right sensitivity/DPI you should go for?
We’ll be covering all those questions in this guide to Apex Legends’ best DPI and sensitivity settings. Let’s get right to it!
Apex DPI/Sensitivity Overview
Despite the common misconception, the highest sensitivity isn’t always the best option, especially if you are playing on a keyboard and mouse. When I play Apex Legends on PC, I always keep it at 4.5, which is slightly below the default setting. If you’re playing on a console, the consensus seems to be that 5 is the best setting if you play lots of shooters and are used to aiming with a controller.
As for DPI settings, it depends on how often you play shooters and how good you are at aiming. Low DPI means you’ll have to put additional physical effort into moving your mouse to aim at enemies. You’ll aim slower, but it’s harder to miss when you line up your target.
High DPI, on the other hand, makes it easier to move your mouse but more likely that you’ll flinch and miss your shots (as aiming isn’t as precise). Personally, I play on a very high DPI of 3100 (keep in mind, this is counteracted somewhat by my low sensitivity). If you’re just starting out with shooters, I recommend a DPI setting of 900.
Everyone is different, however, so don’t be afraid to go into the firing range and try out different sensitivities. I’d recommend you get your sensitivity as high as it can go before it starts to feel finicky.
After that, play the game for a few hours with it, which will allow you to develop good muscle memory. Once you’re used to that setting, increase your sensitivity again ever so slightly and try that out for a few hours. Repeat this cycle until you get it as high as it can go without missing too many shots. If you find yourself flinching a lot and not landing hits anymore, don’t be afraid to go back down again.
Eventually, you’ll find the sweet spot and you’ll be racking up kills and winning games in no time!
While you’re in the settings menu, be sure to turn mouse acceleration OFF if you play on PC. Mouse acceleration works by increasing the speed your cursor moves to match how fast you’re physically moving the mouse. I don’t recommend keeping this on, as it can be tricky predicting where your aim will land with it.
For console users, I also recommend tweaking your look dead zone setting. The “dead zone” is a small range in which you can move your analog stick around without it actually inputting anything to your game.
In other words, if you have an older controller that suffers from stick drift, you should set it to large. This will make it so your character doesn’t end up looking around without your input. Set it to small if you have a newer controller. Do this, and it will give you more freedom over how you move and aim.
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