5 Ways to Improve Your Aim in FPS Games


Aug 29 2023

Mastering your aiming skills in first-person shooter (FPS) games is a pursuit that demands a combination of strategy, technical finesse, and consistent practice. Whether you're a seasoned player seeking to enhance your precision or a newcomer aiming to level up your game, the journey to becoming a sharpshooter involves a series of deliberate steps.

From understanding your weaknesses to optimizing your mouse settings, this guide delves into five effective strategies that can significantly elevate your aiming prowess in FPS games. By implementing these techniques and consistently refining your approach, you'll be better equipped to take on opponents with confidence and precision, ensuring that each shot finds its mark on the virtual battlefield.

Aiming with a Model I 2 in an FPS game

1. Identify the Problem and Practice.

This may sound like an obvious answer, but it’s one that’s often overlooked. Before exploring different ways to improve your aim, it's vital to understand where your weaknesses lie. Is it tracking moving targets, reaction time, or perhaps precision shots?

Once you've identified the problem, isolate it and practice regularly. For example, if you struggle with tracking, find in-game scenarios or use aim trainers to improve this specific skill. Consistency in your training is also key. Aim training shouldn't be a one-time thing. Incorporate it into your daily or weekly routine to see continuous improvement.

2. Adjust Your Polling Rate and Activate Motion Sync.

Polling rate determines how often your mouse reports its position to your computer. For example, a mouse with a 1K polling rate capacity can report its position 1,000 times per second.  A higher polling rate can offer more responsive cursor movements for better response times when aiming and shooting. The only caveat is that a higher polling rate can consume battery life quicker on wireless mice.

If your mouse has this feature, activating Motion Sync can perfectly synchronize cursor and mouse movements, allowing gamers to have 1:1 tracking accuracy. This leads to even smoother and more accurate cursor movements, which improves the precision of your aim.

Gaming mice like the Model I 2 Wireless features both a 1K polling rate and Motion Sync technology to help you achieve better aim.

Learn more about polling rate here.

3. Adjust Your DPI Settings.

DPI (Dots Per Inch) controls your mouse’s sensitivity to movement. A higher DPI means that the cursor will move further on the screen for a smaller physical movement of the mouse. This allows for fine control or rapid movement based on user preference.

There's no one-size-fits-all DPI. For example, the ideal DPI for Counter-Strike might be 400-800, but for OverWatch it might be slightly more, around 800-1200.  The reason for this is Counterstrike is more about holding corners and slower gameplay, while Overwatch is overall a more fast-paced game with more vertical maps.

Moreover, the Model I 2 Wireless features an Action Button that is set to DPI Lock by default. By holding it down, it reduces mouse sensitivity for precise aiming, and when released, it returns to normal DPI.

Read more about DPI settings in our article on the subject. 

4. Remap Your Buttons

Configuring your buttons with certain keybinds can also help you improve your aim. For example, you can remap one of your side buttons to crouch and/or aim down sign (if your character has the ability), so that when you are locking in on an enemy, these keybinds speed up the process.

On that note, the Model I 2 Wireless features 9 programmable buttons, so you can program the actions you find most handy for your playstyle to optimize your gameplay. If you play Apex Legends, check out our Model I button mapping recommendations.

5. Ensure Your Mouse is Lightweight and Comfortable.

An ergonomic mouse can make a world of difference when it comes to aim. By ensuring optimal and comfortable grip, you can focus on your movements and muscle memory when aiming and shooting without the risk of hand fatigue. Lastly, a lightweight mouse can improve your ability to make rapid movements, which is always an advantage in fast-paced games. 

Remember, while these tips can help you improve your aiming skills, the most important factor is consistent practice and the dedication to get better.