To find the best DPI for gaming, there are many different effective methods to choose from.
While DPI is important for performance, what varies from gamer to gamer is their in-game sensitivity, with both settings going hand-in-hand.
There is a phenomenon that 400 DPI and 800 DPI are the best options, and this guide will show you why these options are popular amongst professional eSports gamers.
The best way find a DPI that works for you is to find one that you're most comfortable with (in and out of game) and then adjust the in-game sensitivity.
When it comes to FPS games, a lower DPI is best, since you need to take into account crosshair placement, accurate flicks, reaction timing, tracing, etc.
Regardless of what FPS game you play, this guide will show you:
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Anway, keep on reading and find out how you can find the best dpi for gaming quickly and easily.
DPI is the measurement of how sensitive a mouse is. When your DPI is high, you can move the cursor across your monitor farther with minimal drag across your table. When your DPI is low, your cursor will move slower, taking up less space.
An ultra-high DPI doesn't necessarily mean it's better since it would be too sensitive to move.
The best type of DPI is one that suits you and what feels most comfortable.
Let us start with the basics.
DPI is an acronym that stands for dots per inch. Each dot correlates to one pixel on the screen.
DP = Device-independent pixel - The unit of length used when calculating DPI.
If you've got a 1080p monitor and a mouse with a DP of 1,000 pixels if you were to move your mouse vertically exactly 1 inch from the bottom of the screen, you will reach the top.
If you had a DP of 2,000 pixels, it would take you 1/2 an inch to reach the top.
If you had a DP of 10,000, it would take you 1/10 of an inch to reach the top.
See where I'm going with this?
The DP determines how sensitive the mouse sensor is.
In reality, there's no 1 size fits all when choosing a DPI.
In fact, there's a lot of information about DPI and sensitivity that you don't need to know about choosing the best DPI.
At the end of the day, it's about how you feel. How comfortable you are with the speed at which your mouse can travel...
Or in FPS games, how comfortable you are with the speed at which your crosshair can travel.
If you really just want a baseline to work off, use the following:
I would recommend starting off with these options for reasons I will explain when we get to the 'CSGO pros' section. I had personally switched from a DPI of 1200 to 800 and my aim felt like it became 10x smoother.
If you feel as if it's still too low - adjust your settings in-game, not your DPI.
You want your aim to feel smooth, responsive, and accurate - and usually, a lower DPI would make this easier since.
You want to focus on is practicing your aim.
You can change your DPI at any time, and if you have a gaming mouse, you most likely have a DPI button that changes your settings.
So the best way to test the different options is to go into your game of choice and get a feel of each option.
Take into account these variables:
Alongside DPI, there's another option you should be aware of...
DPI is referred to how sensitive you can make your mouse.
Sensitivity is referring to how sensitive you want your mouse to be in-game.
Each game is built on different engines, has different variables, and therefore performs differently.
It's not uncommon to see different sensitivities in different games that feel the same.
For example, my sensitivity in CS:GO can be 1.5, whereas, in Rainbow 6 Siege, it's at 1.8...
This is because the graphics, the mouse sensitivity, feels different, and my R6S POV is wider than when I'm in CSGO.
Merely testing your DPI and sensitivity in-game will allow you to make these adjustments since you will feel the feedback in real-time.
I can immediately tell if my sensitivity is off within the first 15 seconds of starting up a game, and you should be able to as well.
You don't want to keep changing your DPI and sensitivity all the time; your aim gets better as your body builds up the habits.
So for best practice:
Upon doing research for this article, I stumbled across an interesting trend when looking at the mouse settings of the top 10 greatest CSGO players according to Ginx.tv.
This is what I found:
As you can see, literally all of them use a DPI of 400.
But they vary with one deciding factor - the in-game sensitivity.
So when you're looking at both combined (DPI x Sensitivity) you get what's called eDPI
eDPI = effective Dots Per Inch.
To put this in perspective, 400 DPI x 2 Sensitivity would essentially be the same as 800 DPI x 1 Sensitivity.
So if you were to calculate the eDPI for the pro players, it would look like this:
The reason why 400 DPI is widely amongst this group of pro players is because of a couple of reason:
Personally, I can't hack using 400 DPI because when using the mouse for other tasks other than gaming, it feels way too slow.
So if you want to follow what the CSGO pros, either:
Again, I must insist that these are recommendations, use what you're most comfortable with.
If you're already using a high DPI and don't want to make the switch, that's perfectly fine.
Even Shroud said it himself:
Unfortunately, DPI options don't come with regular mice.
Most mice are set to 800 DPI (which is still good), but lack the customization that's needed when optimizing your sensitivity for games.
Gaming mice are superior in the sense that they are tailor made to fit your grip style, and have addition buttons to make gaming easier.
There are major differences between gaming mice vs regular mice explained in more detail in our guide.
So my recommendation is, even if you aren't a gamer, opting for a gaming mouse would still be a great choice.
For example, the Logitech G502 HERO has an 'unlimited scroll' feature, which makes scrolling long web pages (like this) more efficient.
Just a little feature that can add a slight increase in productivity. Features like this go a long way.
Below are some commonly asked questions about DPI.
If you've read up till this point, then you know that the best DPI is the DPI you have gotten comfortable with, but if you need a baseline to start off from - use either 400 or 800.
What really matters is your in-game sensitivity, setting your DPI to 400 allows you to have a range of options when you're going through your trial and error period.
Just remember, everyone's preferred eDPI is different, and it really comes down to what you enjoy using the most.
Once you're settled on a DPI setting, ensure you clone your mouse settings so it's consistent over every game.
All games are different, so you will need to test these in-game and adjust accordingly.
Some games have the same engine - so cloning your mouse settings would give you the same result.
In other games, you can use the same mouse settings, and through trial and error find what feels most comfortable.
You will be able to feel if your sensitivity is off within the first 15 seconds of playing.
If you want to test out different DPI and mouse options, try using the same mouse settings as some eSports professionals.
Check out this list of pro/known Fortnite players.
There are a couple of ways you can do this: