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Fortnite: Best mouse sensitivity guide

How to achieve the perfect sensitivity for your set-up.

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Getting your mouse settings just right in Fortnite will not only help your aiming but improve your general performance too.

If you're not used to tweaking Windows, in-game and DPI settings then it can seem like a daunting process. There are quite a few things to think about when chasing the best mouse settings.

Fortnite's default settings aren't really up to the job of developing your aim, as they're generally set too high. We suspect many players stick to the defaults, not really knowing the benefits they can gain by finding that sensitivity sweet spot.

Beyond the game client, if you have a mouse with adjustable DPI settings, there are even more tweaks to make.

To help you navigate this, we've put together a complete guide to getting your settings just right. When you're done reading this article, you'll know:

  • How to optimise your mouse settings in Fortnite.
  • Why you should disable mouse acceleration.
  • How changing your mouse DPI can help you win more games in Fortnite.

How to turn mouse acceleration off (and why you should)

If you’ve never messed about with your mouse settings, there’s a good chance that mouse acceleration is on. That’s something we’ll be changing before we doing anything else.

Having mouse acceleration turned on will subtly alter the way your mouse behaves every time you swipe it across your mouse pad.

It’s essentially Windows trying to help you achieve better pointer accuracy. In doing so though, it ruins your chances of consistently hitting precision shots in games.

Turning it off will stop Windows tampering with your mouse. That means every mouse movement produces a consistent, reliable result.

This will allow you to develop effective muscle memory. Any inconsistency in your aim will be down to you, not the computer.

Here’s how to turn mouse acceleration off:

  • Type “mouse settings” into your Windows search bar.
  • Select “Change your mouse settings”.
  • Click “Additional mouse options”.
  • Select the “Pointer Options” tab.
  • Uncheck the “Enhance Pointer Precision” box.

How to find the right DPI setting for Fortnite

DPI stands for Dots Per Inch. This means that a mouse set at 1000 DPI will move 1,000 pixels for every inch that you pass it across your mouse mat.

When it comes to shooters like Fortnite: Battle Royale, it’s wise to choose a DPI setting between 400-1000 DPI.

The exact number depends on your own personal preferences. Anything higher than this may prove too sensitive for lining up precision headshots quickly.

Having a lower DPI setting means that you’ll need to move your mouse when shooting targets. Aiming with a higher DPI will only require small mouse adjustments to achieve the same goal.

We find it easier to aim using a lower DPI. This allows us to deliver measured mouse movements with larger arm gestures. We recommend giving both options a try while shooting targets in-game. See which sensitivity you prefer.

A final note on DPI before you start searching for settings to play around with.

You’re unlikely to have access to any DPI settings if you’re using a bog-standard mouse that came with your PC.

You’ll need to buy a mouse specifically for gaming to tweak these kinds of settings. We have some recommendations from the leading manufacturers for you below:

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How to get the best mouse sensitivity settings

Open up the settings menu and click on the “Game” tab to bring up all the sensitivity options.

From here it’s a case of experimenting with different sensitivities until you find the perfect balance for you.

The key PC settings you’ll need to pay attention to are:

  • Mouse Sensitivity - Governs your general mouse sensitivity when turning and firing from the hip.
  • Mouse ADS Sensitivity - Your sensitivity when aiming down sights.
  • Mouse Scope Sensitivity - Your sensitivity when scoped in.

As a general rule of thumb, we recommend setting your general mouse sensitivity higher than your ADS and Scope options.

This means it’ll be easier to turn and face opponents. A lower aiming sensitivity will give you a better chance of actually hitting your targets.

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