Mechanics of aiming - 15+ years of FPS experience, just discovered I appear to be better when "zoning out" on my crosshair

  1. Focusing lazily on your crosshair engages your peripheral vision / awareness better. This means that you are focused on your crosshair - and therefore crosshair placement. Yet you quickly and accurately recognize a target that appears in your peripheral vision, and easily register/understand the distance/line between your crosshair and said target. Therefore your flicks are accurate.

  2. Wow I didn't expect such a thorough reply to my question, thanks so much! I just got back from work, I will take a look at both of your links during the evening.

  3. This was really insightful thanks! I have not played many FPS games in general and not given this stuff much thought but it definitely makes a lot of sense. I can even feel this in Aim Labs when i focus too much on my crosshair I make way more mistakes and become slower.

  4. Very cool insights, and I also really appreciate that you acknowledge the limits of your insights from empirical knowledge. It doesn't make the anecdotal less insightful (or necessarily, less accurate), but accurately portrays their certainty/current empirical support.

  5. I don't know the science behind all this, but for me focusing on head hitboxes helps quite a bit - I mean actually staring at the head. On a subconscious level, maybe it helps with hand-eye coordination.

  6. thats how it should be though, you shouldn't focus on your crosshair, you should focus on looking at the target

  7. I find the same thing. I was a GM/briefly Top 500 Widow in Overwatch. Your aim is a result of the sum of your attention. If my attention is all on my aim, I react slower. The same thing happens on human benchmark. If I focus too hard I react slowly. If I actually look away from my monitor and just focus on the colour shift in my peripherals, I react faster. I'm not sure about the science of the effect, but I can confirm it happens.

  8. Having better reaction time when looking away is a result of human eyes having a faster refresh rate in the petiferal vision, so it is perfectly normal. Our eyes are optimised for clarity (high reaolution) in the dead center and for speed (high refresh rate) on the edges.

  9. This happens to me too, I'll make the most ridiculous instant snap flick to someone while glancing at my ammo or minimap but fail to hit the head of a scoped in op jett I just flanked who doesn't even know I exist

  10. There is a name for this and it’s not lazy. It’s actually harder than laser focusing. It’s called “soft focus.” Your attention is in a given area, but is also not mentally filtering your periphery. Myths of ancient monks with enlightened and perfect focus who could fight blind, etc. are based on a super-hero version of this skill.

  11. I think thats the case for almost everyone. You are never supposed to focus on your crosshair, which is why people usually tend to make them bright and big so that it can show up peripherally. You should always be focusing on the enemy.

  12. I think you misunderstood me. I used to focus on enemies but I now focus on the crosshair area more, and it has improved my aim. I started doing this when TenZ said he focuses on the crossbar instead of enemies and it made me aim better almost instantly.

  13. SAME I THOUGHT IT WAS JUST ME! I play A LOT better when I "zone out" and just let my autopilot decide how I play. I realise this is probably due to me being more map aware as I play more "macro-ly" instead of focusing on my crosshair and hitting heads. I strongly suggest to those who have a hard time aiming, play as if you are a third person. You get to be aware of the entire map more, and will do more "smart things", and also you get less scared of dying and more indifferent during a clutch. This reduces your nerves and lets you win out more.

  14. I think most people with lots of fps experience would be very surprised how little they actually need their crosshair. Go into training and do some flicks with your crosshair off, chances are you will hit a lot more shots than you might expect.

  15. Absolutely, that's why I've usually had a pretty open crosshair - allows me to react quickly without getting tied up in pinpoint accuracy a small crosshair kind of forces on you.

  16. What helped me the most with aim was realizing I was was right eye dominate and switching to a left-handed view model. I couldn’t believe the difference it made because I just couldn’t figure out why I couldn’t aim consistently with the right-handed model.

  17. This shit is a myth tho. Not saying that you prefering left view model is a placebo or a myth, but it has nothing to do with dominant eye. Switching viewmodel literaly just shifts more space to either side, but it doesn't make this space more busy or more useful as you don't choose what happens in which part of your screen.

  18. how do you tell if you are left-eye dominant or right-eye dominant? Is there a test that I could take?

  19. The other thing I’ve found is that if I am holding an angle too static, with all my muscles tensed up, I will whiff when someone finally peeks that angle, but if I keep my muscles relaxed and even move a bit around, I’m much more effective at landing the shots. Just staying relaxed and trusting your aim is everything sometimes!

  20. What you are doing is completely fine, you don’t need to focus on your crosshair. Your crosshair is sitting in the middle of your screen, it’s not going anywhere, there’s no need to pay any special attention to it. Obviously your crosshair will help you line up your shots, but when it’s constantly there, you’re always going to know where it is when you need it even if you’re not focused on it. It’s much more important to focus on your enemy or the place where you expect the enemy to appear from, because that will allow you to react to their movement much more quickly.

  21. ik stewie and some other cs pros do this, when they notice they are zoned out the guve there crosshair a little wiggle to unzone there eyes or w/e u wanna call it.

  22. Nah. Watch your crosshair. That's usually my first advice to people that have problem focusing.

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