Console Aim tips for Overwatch

Console Aim tips for Overwatch

These tips are about how to aim with a controller. We are going to go over the settings, tips and tricks that you can use to gain the competitive edge! 

We will talk about the optimal settings that we think work. Note that these settings are only  suggestions as settings are really a personal thing, so you should consider changing them to your needs for maximum comfort and effectiveness. However they may serve as a good foundation you can build on.

Aim settings

First of all, let’s briefly talk about settings for different characters. Overwatch allows you to set different settings for each individual hero in the game. This is important, because the aim techniques vary from hero-to-hero, and while the rule of thumb is ‘one setting to rule them all’ on PC, you can benefit a lot from tailoring your configuration to the specific characters on consoles. This is because non aim dependent heroes can be a lot different than aim based ones.

Sensitivity

Set your sensitivity around 40, vertical and horizontal. Other settings that we will suggest are revolving around a low sensitivity. This will enable you to aim precisely on all ranges, and other settings will support quick turns so you can be precise and reactive with the same set configuration.

Aim assist

Turn aim assist off. One of the most controversial topic among console players regarding settings is the usage of aim assist. Aim assist helps you to aim at the enemies when the crosshair enters their vicinity. The size of the sensitivity of the aim assist can be configured using the window size setting. But should you use it?

We say that you should disable aim assist on all heroes and learn to play like that. This is a very strong tip to elevate your Overwatch mechanics to the next level. Aim assist can actually hurt your performance when you are playing characters that are heavily dependent on leading their targets, pre-shooting in order to kill the enemy. If the aim assist kicks in, because you moved the crosshair too close to the enemy, you won’t hit any shots. Think about Genji, Hanzo, Pharah, Junkrat, any hero that has a projectile weapon in the kit. Sometimes it also pushes you off from the targets if there is a clutch of enemies. Unreliable.

So we suggest that you disable aim assist with all heroes, or only enable it to the ones really benefiting from it (some of the tanks). But still, no assist is better, you will be able to depend on raw skill and learn better movement patterns. It’s your call entirely, but keep in mind that switching it off will make it really hard to aim at first if you are used to aim assist. However, it pays off on the long run.

Aiming modes

– Dual Zone

The best aiming mode is dual zone, you should use it, except if you have a lot of experience with linear ramp from other games. This mode makes a certain threshold you have to pass for it to start moving faster, usually 90 percent. Before that threshold the crosshair moves at the same slow speed, giving you more precise control. After you pass the threshold, the acceleration increases a lot, allowing you to turn around and do bigger movements. This one is the default mode in Overwatch. Gives you nice control over the movements, as you can do 180s with a fully tilted controller with ease. Dual Zone allows the same quick movements on console as on PC, like Pharah’s rocket boost, or Junkrat’s mine jumps.

– Exponential Ramp

Exponential ramp mode makes it accelerate gradually the more you hold the stick in a certain direction. The further you move it, the faster it accelerates. This type of aiming is usual in other FPS games.

– Linear Ramp

Linear ramp will cause your crosshair to rotate proportionally with the angle that the stick is deflected if the aim smoothing is also disabled. The effect is multiplied based on your sensitivity settings. This is the usual style for other FPS games like Call of Duty or Battlefield, so if you have a lot of playtime in those, it should be easy to transfer your skills to OW with this mode.

Aim styles

You have two general choice of aim styles: active and passive aiming. The styles are really personal preferences, so try both of them in some practice games and decide what you want to use.

Active aiming

Active aiming is when you try to match the enemy and either track the movements or try to do small adjustments in order to hit your shots. This style can be precise, but usually only if you have experience with console controls. It also gives you the ability to react to the enemy quickly. If you are the user of this style, it means that you use both sticks to coordinate your movement and aim at the same time.

Passive aiming

The other style is basically only using the movement when the actual shooting begins. This means that you set your crosshair on the desired level, and adjust your aim with only the movement stick. This style allows for precise shots that are easier to pull off. However it can be really hard to use against enemies jumping around, or using a lot of vertical movement.

We suggest that you use the two styles mixed, and experience both of them. It’s easier to land precise shots with passive aiming if you know how to lead and predict the enemy, and it’s better to go active when the enemy is jumping around you.

Other tips

Aim ease in

Aim ease in is a setting between 0 to 100 that makes your crosshair less likely to move away from a straight line if the value is higher. Can help in precise aiming vertically and horizontally, but the higher the value the harder it is to move in a slanted direction. Play around with it, it can help a lot with passive aiming style.

Use good crosshairs

Use good crosshairs. We think that the best crosshair is small, with a gap in the middle to allow you to see the exact target, something of a bright color.

Crosshair placement

Good crosshair placement is vital on consoles. Well placed crosshairs mean that you have to adjust a lot less during fights, making it easier to land your shots.

That’s what we had for you. If you like what we are doing, share these tips with your console buddies. Also, you can join our Discord channel and improve together

003
Next Articles

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Are you ready to master Overwatch and boost your rank? Sign up and get the best of Omnicoach!

Are you ready to master Overwatch and boost your rank?

Sign up and get the best of Omnicoach!

OVERWATCH™ ©2018 BLIZZARD ENTERTAINMENT, INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. OVERWATCH IS A TRADEMARK OR REGISTERED TRADEMARK OF BLIZZARD ENTERTAINMENT, INC. IN THE U.S. AND/OR OTHER COUNTRIES. ANY OTHER MARKS ARE TRADEMARKS AND/OR REGISTERED TRADEMARKS OF THEIR RESPECTIVE OWNERS. OMNICOACH IS NOT ASSOCIATED WITH OR ENDORSED BY BLIZZARD ENTERTAINMENT AND DOESN’T REFLECT THE VIEWS OR OPINIONS OF BLIZZARD ENTERTAINMENT OR ANYONE OFFICIALLY INVOLVED IN PRODUCING OR MANAGING OVERWATCH. © 2018 OMNICOACH ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

         

Share This