Best Mouse Settings for Apex Legends
If you want to become a consistent and reliable aimer getting a good gaming mouse is only half the battle. You'll want to make sure that you're using it correctly, otherwise it'll be like casting pearls before swine.
It's an often repeated myth that a higher sensitivity equals better aim, but that is not the case at all if you look at our data. In fact it's quite the opposite. The average eDPI of professional gamers is way lower than what most newer or casual gamers would expect. A lower overall sensitivity is simply way better for building muscle memory and making tiny micro adjustments when aiming, which is why the vast majority of professional gamers are using large gaming mousepads. Regular pads simply cannot support the large sweeping motions that you have to make when playing at lower sensitivities.
Mouse DPI & eDPI for Apex Legends
Peripheral companies like to boast about their mice being able to reach absurdly high DPI counts, but the reality is that that's mostly for marketing purposes. As you can see in our data the vast majority of professionals are on either 400 or 800 DPI. In fact only 3% of professionals use a DPI that's higher than 1600, and none at all have their DPI set to something higher than 2500.
DPI alone doesn't tell you much though, which is why we've also calculated the average eDPI of Apex Legends professionals. This should provide you with a good starting point for figuring out your own sensitivity in the game.
Most used DPI
ADS mouse sensitivity multiplier for Apex Legends
The ADS (Aim Down Sights) sensitivity in Apex Legends is a bit of an odd one. A lot of people note that aiming down sights somehow feels 'off' in this game, and that's because setting the ADS sensitivity to 1 in the game doesn't mean that your ADS sensitivity matches your hipfire sensitivity 1:1.
In other words; aiming down the sights of your gun means that your aim is slowed down a bit if you've set the ADS sensitivity to 1. To further complicate the issue there's a variety of different scopes with different zoom levels in the game as well. We do hope that Respawn (the developers of Apex Legends) add in different sensitivity sliders for each different level of zoom, but for now we'll have to make do with that we've got.
Most pros opt to leave their ADS sensitivity at 1. It's a good starting point to go for, but if you want your ADS sensitivity to more closely match your hipfire sens we can recommend experimenting with values between 1.2 and 1.5. Whatever works best for you will depend on your FOV settings and on what type of scope you like to use the most, but for most people the 'sweet spot' for approximating a true 1:1 conversion seems to be between 1.2 and 1.5.
Best Refresh Rate for Apex Legends
We've been saying it for a while now, but if you ask us (and the overwhelming majority of professionals that we analyze) 144 frames per second is the current minimum standard for competitive gaming refresh rates.
Entry-level 144Hz monitors are getting cheaper and cheaper, and something like the BenQ Zowie XL2411 is an ideal esports monitor for people on a tighter budget. Do be wary that in order to get the best out of a higher refresh rate monitor you'll want to make sure that your PC can handle pushing the required amount of frames. There's no need to have a state of the art 240Hz gaming monitor if your PC is only pushing 40 frames per second to said monitor.
Regardless; professional gamers are always out to get the most fluid experience possible, which is why almost every professional (in every game) that we've analyzed is using a monitor that's capable of pushing at least 144 frames per second and a system with a dedicated graphics card that push enough frames to said monitor.
Getting a high framerate is pretty much essential if you’re looking to play games at the competitive level, not only because you’ll want to be running a 144Hz (or higher) monitor to get that smooth image but also because of the fact that higher framerates give less input latency. Someone who’s gaming at 60 frames per second will experience end to end latencies between 55 and 75 milliseconds while someone who’s gaming on a rig that’s pushing 240 frames per second has a latency between 20-35 milliseconds (regardless of what kind of display you’re hooked up to).
We’ve been analyzing what systems and graphics cards the professionals are using. You can see the three most popular cards (along with the expected average fps they’ll produce on our recommended settings) to the right. The RTX 3080 is currently the most powerful graphics card in our article, so if you want the absolute maximum amount of frames you can go for that, though that one's obviously not a budget card. If you’re interested in the GPU side of things you can read the full guide here.
NVIDIA Reflex Low Latency Technology
As we've explained already, lowering the overall system latency of your setup is one of the primary goals when you're playing at a competitive level. NVIDIA has recently unveiled their Reflex Low Latency platform to aid gamers with that, and given the fact that their GPUs are used by almost all professional players we thought it would be a good idea to add a small section to this guide on the tech.
The Low Latency Mode (which is available for all 900 series and newer cards) reduces the overall system latency between the user and the game. It's something that developers actively have to put into their game so it's not available for all games out there (click here for a list) but Apex: Legends is one of those games, meaning that this tech can drastically (depending on your setup) reduce your system latency by forcing the GPU and CPU to sync up in a more efficient way.
The second part of the Reflex platform is the Latency Analyzer. This allows you to measure your system latency (as long as you've got compatible gear) and can be really handy to determine if there are any bottlenecks somewhere in your setup.
Best Resolution for Apex Legends
When it comes to resolution pros think the same as they do with refresh rates: more frames = better. That's why the majority of professionals are playing at the standard 1080p resolution. This is a fine balance between a crisp image and good performance.
Pro players don't want to sacrifice the game's performance for eye candy, and playing the game at a higher resolution requires more processing power from your PC which could otherwise go towards maximizing frames at the regular 1080p resolution. Less than five percent of our analyzed professionals play on a resolution that's higher than 1920x1080 as a result of this.
Lowering the resolution is always an option if you're struggling to get frames, but going too low can obviously cause the game to look very grainy, so we do recommend 1920x1080 for most gamers.
Most used resolution
Most used Refresh Rate
Apex Legends Ingame Display Settings
Apex Legends isn't the most demanding game out there, but as with any competitive game you will want to make sure that you're not being held back by your gear and you'll want to get as many frames per second as possible if you're truly looking to be competitive.
We hope that this guide has helped you get a baseline for your own ingame settings or that it has been helpful to you in some other way.
Thanks for reading!