If you really feel like playing Counter-Strike 2 now, we’ll show you how to find your perfect mouse sensitivity.
Counter-Strike 2 replaces CS:GO after 11 years and becomes Valve’s new shooter flagship. Accordingly, many players will return to the CS series and possibly even play it for the first time.
If you’re also one of the new or returning CS players, we’ll show you how to find the perfect mouse sensitivity for you here.
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The basics for your mouse sensitivity
Why should you find a perfect sensitivity? Sensitivity is probably the most important setting in shooters. Too high or too low sensitivity will have a negative effect on your aim and accordingly on your performance.
This is also the reason why you should not adopt the settings of a pro 1:1 – the setting of s1mpel may be too slow or so too fast for you.
As a general rule, for your sensitivity, if you make a 180° turn in play with your arm in a “normal” movement, you’re on a good track.
Note: Your in-game sensitivity can also be affected by your mouse or mouse pad. The different surface materials of a mouse pad have the same effect as the “feet” (skates) of your mouse.
Find CS2 sensitivity without websites and programs
What are the guidelines you can work with? The first thing you need to know is how much DPI you are playing with. Usually, gamers choose either 400 or 800, so the higher your DPI, the more sensitive your mouse is and the lower your in-game sensitivity should be.
Anything above an 800 DPI, for example 1,600, are rather exceptions and are primarily used by players who only use the wrist and not the whole arm for aimen.
Determine sensitivity yourself: If you want to find your CS2 sensitivity yourself, that is, without the help of other games, programs or website, the best way is as follows:
- find a good player who uses the same DPI as you
- 400 DPI: example: s1mple (CS2 sensitivity 3.09)
- 800 DPI: example shroud (CS2 sensitivity 1.2)
- take over the setting of the player you have chosen
- goes into training, for example a deathmatch against bots and tests the sensitivity
- based on your test results, increase or decrease your sensitivity until you feel comfortable.
- for fine-tuning your Sens you can try to patch quickly and precisely on small fixed points. In addition, the following test helps:
- look for a point on a map that offers you at least 2 fixed points: one “at 12 o’clock” and one “at 3 o’clock” from your position.
- now you aim between the two points back and forth. This doesn’t have to be a fast aim or even a flick at first.
- If you overdrive when aiming at one of the points, your sensitivity is too high and you should reduce it a bit. If you understeer when aiming at one of the dots, your sensitivity is too low.
Important: finding the ideal sensitivity is a long process. You will not find the perfect value from one moment to the next. It may be that you keep tweaking your sensitivity minimally, increasing or decreasing values, until you are fully satisfied at some point.
Determine CS2 sensitivity with Aim trainers
What are Aim Trainers? Aim trainers are programs like Aimlabs or Kovaaks, in which you shoot at colorful balls or other objects that move back and forth on your screen. The main goal is for you to improve your Aim.
Playfully, you should track the targets with the crosshairs, practice flicks and simply gain practical experience aiming with the mouse. There are now a few Aim Trainers like Oblivity that have functions to determine the perfect sensitivity for you. Aimlab, which is available for free on Steam, now also has such a program.
How do Aim trainers determine your sensitivity? In the case of Aimlabs, you play a test with repetitive tasks for about 10 minutes, where you have to use different sensitivities.
At the end of the test, the game will tell you a calculated “sensitivity” in centimeters that should be ideal for you. The displayed number tells you how many centimeters you should move your mouse to perform a 360° rotation. In Aimlabs itself, you can then select different games in the sensitivity settings.
If you select Counter-Strike, for example, Aimlabs automatically converts the centimeter value into a CS sensitivity.
Determine CS2 sensitivity with other shooters
Why should you have the sensitivity of another game converted? If you have been playing a shooter other than Counter-Strike for years and have a sensitivity there that you have mastered, you can have it converted and then use it in CS2. To convert your sensitivity there are several websites like mouse-sensitivity.com.
The website will then tell you what you need to set in CS2 to have the same sensitivity as in Valorant, Call of Duty, Rainbow Six Siege or other games. Accordingly, you don’t have to get used to a new setting, but can rely on your muscle memory.
How do you calculate your sensitivity with a website? To find out your CS2 sensitivity now, first select the game whose mouse sensitivity you want to convert. Then you select CS2 to indicate that your setting should be adjusted for the CS:GO successor. Then add the value of the sensitivity.
You should also specify what DPI you play on, how big your monitor is, and what resolution and aspect ratio you play Game 1 in. The website will take care of the rest.
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