guides • Dec 02, 2019
Finding the Right Aiming Sensitivity for You in Fortnite
If you ever read Twitch chat or YouTube comments, one of the most common questions asked by Fortnite players is “how do you aim better?” While the most “correct” answer to that question is to practice, there’s still some quick things you can do to point you in the right direction. One of these things is making sure you have an aiming sensitivity that works for you.
What is Aiming Sensitivity?
For those who don’t know: aiming sensitivity (sensitivity or sens for short) refers to how much your crosshair moves when you move your mouse or tilt your right thumbstick. Your aiming sensitivity will be a combination of two things:
- DPI (Dots per inch): This is a hardware setting that refers to how far your cursor moves on screen in relation to how far you’re physically moving you’re moving your mouse. For example, if a mouse is set to 1200 DPI, your cursor will move 1200 pixels for every inch you move your mouse.
- On console, your controller is locked to a certain DPI.
- App Sensitivity: This is how the app (for example, your operating system or Fortnite) records your DPI and converts it into the movement you see on screen.
Your aiming sensitivity will end up being a combination of these two factors.
As you can see, even though we moved our mouse roughly the same distance, the changes in aiming sensitivity make a massive difference in how much your crosshair in game moves. Each sensitivity has their pros and cons:
Low Aiming Sensitivity:
- The slower speed makes it a lot easier to stay precise because jerky hand or wrist movements won’t throw off your aim too badly
- Best for tracking and slow aiming
- Great for players new to shooting games
- It’s very hard to do things that require fast movement
- When a player sneaks up on you from behind or comes at you from the side, it’s very hard to instantly react to him
- Some building patterns can be very difficult to execute properly
- It’s very hard to do things that require fast movement
High Aiming Sensitivity:
- You’ll be able to react to a greater range of situations
- It’s harder for enemies to get the drop on you
- Controlling your aim is really difficult and requires hours upon hours of practice
- In high pressure situations, it becomes even more difficult to maintain the kind of precision you would want to consistently hit headshots
What Kind of Aiming Sensitivity Should I Run?
You’ll often play with a sens somewhere between high and low. In general, the rule is:
“Have your aiming sensitivity as high as possible, while still being able to comfortably land ~60% of your shots.”
It’s a difficult balance to find, but here’s a good example of what it should look like if you’ve got a sens that’s relatively correct:
If you need a point of comparison, this is what it looks like when you’ve got a sens that’s way too high:
To spell out the difference, the first example is a lot steadier - you can tell that most of the movements were deliberate and attempted to be precise. In the second example, you can see that the aiming is a lot more erratic and it's very difficult for the player to focus in on what he's aiming at. Aim (ha get it?) to have your sens at a level such that when you’re trying the Shooting Gallery in Creative Mode, your shooting looks much more like the top video vs the bottom one.
How Do I Set My Aiming Sensitivity?
When you’re trying to figure out your sensitivity, go into Creative Mode and throw out one of these Shooting Ranges.
You can also set up some sentries as well as additional targets:
Once they’ve been set up, load into the game with a Legendary Assault Rifle and lots of ammo. We suggest a Legendary Assault Rifle as it’s affected least by bloom. Every time you adjust your sens, test it out on the targets. Repeatedly do this until you find something you’re comfortable with.
As we mentioned above, your aiming sensitivity is affected by your app sensitivity and your mouse’s DPI. This means there’s generally 3 ways to adjust your aiming sens, although some of this may depend on the system you’re playing on. These ways are:
- Through your operating system (app sensitivity)
- Through Fortnite’s in-game settings (app sensitivity 2)
- If you have a gaming mouse, you can adjust it through the mouse manufacturer’s drivers (DPI)
As a note, console players are only able to adjust their sens through Fortnite’s in-game settings. There is less customizability, but it makes life a lot simpler.
Operating System (PC only):
Generally speaking, you don’t ever want to adjust your sensitivity via your operating system. Doing so will cause your mouse to miss pixels when swiping, meaning that there will be dead spots when moving it quickly.
Instead, you want to make sure your operating system has been set so that it doesn’t affect your sensitivity settings entirely. On every system (Windows, MacOS, Linux), you’re going to be able to access a similar settings screen like this:
OS Mouse Settings for Windows
For this, just make sure that the pointer speed is set dead center, and that “Enhance Pointer Precision” is unchecked.
Fortnite In-Game Settings (PC and Console):
In-game Fortnite Settings for PC
In-game Fortnite Settings for console
There’s two different screens for setting your sensitivity via Fortnite’s in-game settings.
For PC players, this is the primary method of adjusting your sens if you don’t own a gaming mouse. Just move the sliders back and forth until you get to what you want. As mentioned above, this is the primary method of adjusting your sensitivity for console players well.
For PC and console, don’t forget to adjust your ADS (Aim Down Sights) sensitivity as well. This is the only way you can customize it for both platforms.
Gaming Mouse Settings (PC with Gaming Mouse):
If you have the fortune of owning a gaming mouse, you can often download special software from their manufacturers. For example, Logitech has their gaming software available which allows you to further customize things like your DPI, mouse buttons, and other products if you own them.
Mouse settings for gaming mouse (Logitech)
A cool thing about gaming mice is that you can set multiple levels of DPI and shift between them if you need to. While not suggested, it can be useful in certain situations (for example, if you wanted to change your sensitivity while scoped). Manufacturers tend to suggest higher DPIs (around the 2000 ballpark) and a lower sensitivity due to hardware optimizations.
If you want to hit your shots, you need to make sure you've got the right aiming sensitivity for you. It takes less than 30 minutes in a creative mode game to just play around with your settings and get it generally correct, and you can fine tune the settings over a few games after that.
Remember, the rule is: "Low enough to be accurate, but high enough so that you can still comfortably turn around if someone tries to get the jump on you."
Good luck getting that Victory Royale!