Mouse sensitivity is an important thing to lock down when playing first-person shooters. Apex: Legends is no exception. With the player base becoming more proficient with time, and new people joining to mix it up in the newest battle royale game, it’s imperative to get any advantage you can to rack up the wins and make the most of your gaming sessions.
There are methods of getting this right of course, and plenty of subreddits to scroll through to find the math so you can do it on your own, but there is a calculator available that will make it a lot simpler to get your aiming down without having to crunch the numbers all by yourself.
Now the calculator is going to seem a little intimidating at first, but hopefully, with this guide, you should be able to navigate the steps to get results. The numbers you need to find and input to get the answers your looking for are on the left, and the outputs are on the right.
Apex Legends Calculator
The first value you will need to find and enter is your current mouse’s CPI, also known as DPI. This is essentially the measurement of your mouse’s factory default sensitivity. If you don’t have a gaming mouse with drivers that let you change it, you can usually find your mouse’s DPI or CPI on the manufacturer’s website.
The second input you’ll need is the rendered height and rendered width of Apex: Legends. Height and width are just the resolution that Apex: Legends is running on your rig. The next few inputs may have you diving into your config files for Apex so you can see the values of the settings you currently have. Fortunately, the calculator has the directory names listed in the output column on the right side.
Once you get all that information you’ll be able to see the sensitivity calculations for every weapon type, and the sensitivity while using optical scopes. Once you get your baselines, you can tweak them in the calculator to see the results before you have to go in-game. This is a big time saver, and it will help you compare sensitivities from pro players, and help you port your sensitivities from other first-person shooters into Apex.
There are lots of shooters on the market, and there’s plenty of time to get good at more than one of them. To help maximize that time, use the calculator and take your leet skillz from one game to Apex. You’d be crazy to not grab every advantage you can to gain victory. Your opponents will be doing the same. You don’t want to fall behind, or look like a dweeb in front of your two randos when solo queuing.
Seriously though, polishing your skills shouldn’t have to reset when you change up the game you play. Nobody wants to beat their head against the wall getting their sensitivity straight by trail and error. The pain could just make you give up. Save time and effort by using the calculator.
Apex Legends is based on the id Tech engine, which uses a simple sensitivity formula, Sens * Yaw = Degrees turned. Yaw is 0.022°. The game internally scales the sensitivity for zoom by the change in magnification, before using the user's zoom sensitivity multiplier. If you want to undo the scaling, set the zoom sensitivity to the magnification. The FOV value is the horizontal degrees for a 4:3 screen. The ingame FOV value is slightly off (rounding?). Use the config file multiplier for the true FOV value. cl_fovScale * 70 = FOV value. Calculation logic updated 15-Sept-19.
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