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What is the ideal DPI? This is a common question raised by FPS gamers. In fact, there is no standard DPI for players, and the ideal DPI for you is the one that you’re most comfortable with.

In simple terms, DPI is short for “Dots Pfer Inch,” and it’s a measurement that determines how far your mouse cursor moves relative to an inch of mouse movement. This means that a DPI of 1600 gives you a cursor movement of 1600 dots or pixels when you move your mouse device for one inch.

Determining your ideal DPI can be a bit tricky, but we are here to guide you in your quest.


Sometimes, knowing the DPI alone is not reliable because of the varying hardware and software settings. This is where “Effective Dots Per Inch” (EDPI) comes into play. EDPI is the measurement of your “true sensitivity”. Through this, you’ll be able to easily configure your DPI or in-game sensitivity regardless of the mouse device or game you’re playing.

EDPI is a vital factor in adjusting your DPI, so you should understand it before we dig into the technicalities of DPI. In the world of PC gaming, players tend to compare gameplay settings, especially mouse sensitivity or DPI, to derive a standard setting for different games.

You can determine your EDPI by simply multiplying your mouse DPI by your in-game mouse sensitivity. For instance, if your current mouse has a DPI of 400 and in-game sensitivity of 2 in your game, your EDPI would be 800. This would feel pretty similar to having your mouse configured to have 800 DPI and an in-game sensitivity of 1.

Obviously, you must first find your rhythm and comfort before determining your EDPI. As soon as you’re sure of your mouse settings, compute your EDPI and use it as a reference for setting up your other FPS games.

Finding the Right Mouse DPI or In-Game Sensitivity

Having understood much about gaming jargon, it’s time to learn the step-by-step process of efficiently configuring your mouse settings.

Disable Your Mouse Acceleration

Mouse acceleration enhances the movement of your cursor based on how quickly you move the mouse device. This may sound alright at first, but during a game, it can mess up your aim as you may find it hard to lock on opponents, so, it’s recommended that you turn this off.

Since this is a built-in feature in Windows, you can disable it with a few simple steps.

Find Your Most Comfortable Mouse DPI or In-Game Sensitivity

The next step in configuring your own mouse settings may require a series of in-game experimentations. Before you proceed to the battlefield, determine your mouse’s current DPI. Most gaming mice come with a DPI button that lets you cycle through different settings. Besides the DPI button, some mouse devices come with dedicated programs that let users customize and identify the current DPI.

If your mouse doesn’t have DPI software, you can use the DPI Analyzer. This online tool helps you calculate the actual DPI of your mouse through simple configurations and steps stated on the website.

If your mouse doesn't have a DPI software, you can use the "DPI Analyzer"

Once you determine your current DPI, head onto your favorite FPS game’s practice mode and try out every mouse movement. If you find the sensitivity uncomfortable, adjust either the DPI or the in-game sensitivity accordingly until you find your most desirable settings. Now, take note of these settings for the computation of your “true sensitivity”.

Calculate Your Current EDPI

With your current DPI and in-game sensitivity already recorded, compute for your EDPI by using the formula mentioned earlier, which is DPI multiplied by In-Game Sensitivity. Now, you can use the EDPI to easily adjust your sensitivity across all devices and FPS games.

Change Your Settings According to Your EDPI

If you know your EDPI, you no longer have to worry about experimenting on the sensitivity settings when you change your mouse or switch between your favorite FPS games.

However, if you find it tedious to do the basic math, you can find various mouse sensitivity calculators online just like Aiming.Pro. This tool can convert your mouse sensitivity from an FPS game to another.

Update: We’ve heard Aiming.Pro no longer works well, but you can find many other mouse sensitivity calculators online. Just search for “mouse sensitivity calculator” on your favorite search engine.

you can find various mouse sensitivity calculators online just like "Aiming.Pro"

Look Up Professional Settings

If you’re not confident in your own setup, you might benefit from looking up famous eSports players and using their mouse configurations. You can find the DPI settings that top eSports players use in games like Fortnite, Valorant, and more on ProSettings.

Despite the fact that most of these gamers have a common DPI of 400 or 800, you’ll find the true sensitivity and EDPI vary from player to player.

Perfecting Your Mouse Sensitivity

Your best mouse sensitivity setting to get really good at any FPS game is determined by thorough experimentation. But yes, you can base it on the pros’ configurations.

While you’re adjusting settings, you should consider how framerates affect gaming.

RELATED: How Do Frame Rates Affect the Gaming Experience?

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