Rainbow Six Siege – Best Settings And Options Guide


Rainbow Six Siege had a pretty rough launch, with player numbers dropping to about 11000 just one month after release. The developers (Ubisoft Montreal) kept at it though, and started working on a clear plan and roadmap to develop their vision of the ultimate competitive shooter.

This approach worked; players noted the continued work the developers were putting in and the changes and improvements they were making were received with general praise. This all led us where we are now: Rainbow Six Siege perhaps isn’t the most popular esports game out there, but it’s safe to say that it has earned its place as a premium esports title, with a healthy playerbase of over 100k player at any given time.

With no signs of slowing down the game sees new players joining the fray each day, but Rainbow Six isn’t the easiest game to get into. There’s a ton of operators to know about, and having an intimate knowledge of the maps is crucial to performing at your best in this game. To get to know all the ins and outs of the game you’ll just have to play it for yourself, but we can help you make sure that you won’t be held back by your gear or ingame settings.

In this article we’ve compiled the gear that the Rainbow Six Siege (commonly referred to as just ‘Siege’ or ‘R6’) professionals are using, as well as their ingame settings and sensitivity settings. This is the perfect list to use if you’re just starting out and looking to get your settings in order, but it also contains a lot of useful information for veterans of the game.

Player population data based on numbers provided by steamcharts.com.

Best Mouse Settings for Rainbow Six Siege


Rainbow Six Siege isn’t a game where you need to have a ton of abilities or cooldowns at the tip of your fingers, so a relatively simple (in design) gaming mouse is pretty much all you need.

As with all of the games we analyze you will want a mouse with a flawless sensor. You simply don’t want your mouse to stop you from hitting that all-important headshot, and with matches in Siege being relatively short, every tiny mistake can spiral out of control really quickly. Luckily flawless sensors have been getting more and more common over the past few years, so pretty much every gaming mouse from a reputable brand will have a sensor that doesn’t skip any pixels.

Aside from the internals it’s pretty much down to personal preference. The absolute most important aspect here is shape and comfort. You can find a mouse that has all the qualities you need, but if the shape doesn’t suit you then you shouldn’t force yourself to play with it.

Mouse DPI and Sensitivity for Rainbow Six Siege


As you may or may not know: absurdly high DPI counts are only used for advertising purposes. This is evidenced by the fact that the highest analyzed DPI with the Siege professionals is set at 3200. The vast majority of our analyzed R6 pros play at either 400 or 800 DPI. This is for a multitude of reasons: firstly because you don’t want your overall sensitivity (eDPI) to be too high as that will cause your aim to be jittery and inconsistent, and secondly because even flawless sensors can introduce smoothing at very high DPI settings.

We thus recommend to set your DPI at anything between 400 and 1600, coupled with a reasonable ingame sensitivity. What works for you is going to be personal, but 80 percent of our analyzed professionals have a sensitivity of 28 or lower, so we definitely don’t recommend you to go for a super high overall sensitivity.

Most pros also use the same sensitivity setting for their vertical and horizontal aiming, and we suggest you to do the same as that greatly increases consistency when aiming.

We normally put the average eDPI of pro players in our guides, but that’s nearly impossible to do for this game given that different sensitivity multipliers result in vastly different actual sensitivities, regardless of DPI and ingame sensitivity.

Most used DPI
400
37%
800
40%
1600
3%

average pro player sensitivity
0

Rainbow Six Siege Mouse Sensitivity Multiplier


If you check out our R6 Pro Settings and Gear List you’ll see that some pro players are using a different ‘multiplier.’ As a developer of the game explains; the default value for this ‘MouseSensitivityMultiplierUnit’ is 0.02 which means that if your sens is set to 50 the game will use 50*0.02 (equaling ‘1’) to multiply your mouse position delta. If you change the MouseSensitivityMultiplierUnit value to 0.01 then, the precision of the sensitivity slider doubles, but you lose half the sensitivity range.

In practice this means that, the smaller this mouse sensitivity multiplier number is, the more precise control you have over the ‘actual sensitivity’ of the game. As an example: 50 sensitivity with the default multiplier of 0.02 results in an ‘actual’ sensitivity of 1, while 50 sensitivity with a multiplier of 0.00223 results in a much lower actual sens of 0.1165. The next step on the slider (51 sens) results in an actual sensitivity of 1.02 with a the default multiplier, while 51 sens at 0.00223 results in 0.118.

At default every step on the ingame slider represents a change of 0.02 in actual sensitivity, while at 0.00223 each step represents a change of just 0.0015, which obviously allows for more precise control of the sensitivity.

In short: setting the mouse sensitivity multiplier to a lower value means that the sensitivity range you can select from in the game becomes much lower, but much more precise. How much lower and how much more precise depends on the actual value you’ve chosen, but we’ve put the most often used multipliers to the right. Most pros have this set to the default value though, so unless you really can’t find a perfect sensitivity you don’t have to really worry about this part.

Changing MouseSensitivityMultiplierUnit:
You can find this setting under Documents > My Games > Rainbow SixSiege > folder with a bunch of letters and numbers > GameSettings.

Simply double click on GameSettings and you’ll find the setting under ‘INPUT’. Don’t forget to save the file and restart your game for the change to take effect.

Rainbow Six Siege ADS Sensitivity


Rainbow Six Siege is a game where you can put scopes with different levels of magnification on your guns, which can become problematic for having a consistent sensitivity across all different types of scopes. There’s a lot of information on this subject in the official Dev Blog so we’ll limit ourselves to the basic principles in this article.

In short, each time you ADS (Aim Down Sights) the game changes your FOV based on a specific modifier. Holo, Iron Sights, Red Dot, and Reflex Sights all have a modifier of 0.9, which means that your FOV will shrink by 10% while the ACOG has a modifier of 0.35 (65%).

In order to have a ‘true’ 1:1 ratio for hipfire and ADS (except for the ACOG) you’ll want to put your ADS sensitivity at 83. This can help you with consistency (even though ACOG sights still won’t be the same) but most pros do go for an ADS sensitivity that’s lower than 83. In a game such as Rainbow Six Siege you’re not going to be having frantic battles where you have to aim all across the world while aiming down sights, so it makes sense to have your ADS sensitivity be a bit lower than your hipfire sensitivity. That way you can move around the map and look around with quick and nimble movements all while having that pixel-perfect slow and precise aim for when you’re aiming down the sight.

We recommend you to take some time to find out what works for you. The pros don’t really have one big favorite for this setting either with values ranging from 10 all the way to 100, so this is really something that’s down to personal preference.

There’s also a setting in the GameSettings called ‘Xfactoraiming’ which can be used to change the ADS modifier but only a very small minority of pro players change this so we don’t really recommend it either. There’s more information on this in the Dev Blog that we linked if you want to learn more though.

Rainbow Six Siege FOV


As you can see the majority of professionals are on the maximum FOV (Field Of View) of 90. This has a number of obvious examples such as a bigger field of view for you to spot enemies or obstacles, but it can eat away at your framerate and some players like the more focused ‘tunnel vision’ aspect of a narrower Field Of View combined with the fact that enemies take up more of your screen if you’re gaming with a smaller FOV.

Regardless, almost no pro player (less than 1%) leaves the FOV to the default 60 percent, so we do definitely recommend you to set this higher. The average is definitely on the higher side, so it’s a good idea to start at 90, and if you feel a bit ‘overwhelmed’ or you want a more narrow and focused experience you can start turning down your Field Of View.

Most Used Mouse Sensitivity Multiplier
0.00223
14%
0.02 (default)
80%
0.002
2%
other
4%
mouse polling rate
1000 Hz
86%
500 Hz
12%

What is polling rate?
Most used ADS Sensitivity
    50
    17%
    83
    10%
    60
    7%
    55
    6%
    45
    6%
    35
    5%
    average ADS sensitivity
    0

    Most used FOV
    90
    44%
    75
    10%
    80
    10%
    85
    6%
    average FOV
    0

    Best Refresh Rate for Rainbow Six Siege


    As far as refresh rates go Rainbow Six Siege is pretty much the same as our other analyzed games: the more frames, the merrier.

    Only two percent of our analyzed professionals play on a regular 60Hz monitor, with over 90% playing on a monitor that’s capable of pushing at least 144 frames per second. The conclusion is the same across all of our analyzed games: if you want to be competitive you’ll want to get yourself a PC that can push as many frames as possible, along with a high refresh rate monitor.

    For a more in-depth explanation on why this is the new competitive standard you can read our library article here.

    Best Resolution and Aspect Ratio for Rainbow Six Siege



    The large majority of analyzed Rainbow Six Siege professionals play at 1080p (we also note that 3440×1440 is the highest recorded resolution; 4K gaming isn’t an option in the competitive scene) but less than half of all professionals game at the regular 16:9 aspect ratio.

    A lot of players like to use a custom resolution such as 4:3 to make character models appear bigger (because of the fact that the image gets stretched) and thus easier to focus on. Running a custom resolution isn’t objectively better though, as you lose peripheral vision by doing so.

    Most players are at the regular aspect ratio, but it’s definitely not a bad idea to experiment with this a bit to see what you like the most.

    Most used resolution
    1920x1080
    89%
    other
    11%
    Most used Aspect Ratio
    16:9
    37%
    16:10
    27%
    4:3
    22%

    Best Rainbow Six Siege ingame settingsBest Rainbow Six Siege ingame settings

    Rainbow Six Siege Ingame Display Settings



    Go for Medium here. This ensures that the game doesn’t look too grainy and that you can still spot enemy players in a pinch.

    Conclusion


    Rainbow Six Siege has quite a bit of options for you to consider and it can quickly get really technical if you’re doing a deep dive into all the sensitivity options for example, but luckily those are optional as the game itself offers plenty of customization options by itself.

    This guide has been made by doing our own testing, as well as analyzing what the professionals are doing, so this should be an ideal guide for you to get started with your own setup. As with everything you’ll want to make sure that it all works for you but this should be an great starting point for every Rainbow Six player.

    Thank you for reading!