How to Aim Better in CSGO

In this How To article, we’ll take a look at some adjustments for aiming in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. We’ll also cover some of the console commands, general knowledge about the game mechanics, and some changes you may find that will make you a better player. In the end, we hope new players and experts alike will pick up a few details to improve their game play.

  1. Find a comfortable crosshair that fits your play style. This can be done through multiple means. Players can go to the options > Game Options > and choose the classic crosshair (the one from CS 1.6). Players can also adjust the current crosshair through the console. Here are some general commands:
    • cl_crosshairthickness 1.1
    • cl_crosshaircolor 3
    • cl_crosshairsize 2.5
    • cl_crosshairdot 0
    • cl_crosshairalpha 235

    This is the original, default crosshair in the game.

    Aim Better 1 After the changes we just made, our crosshair will look like the below picture. The crosshair settings are totally up to you and your playstyle. Mess around with the settings until you find something you’re comfortable with.

    Aim Better 2 We also have an article that goes into detail on setting up crosshairs through the autoexec.cfg. In short, using a website such as http://www.crosshairgenerator.com, you can adjust the settings until you create a custom crosshair that fits your play style (check out our article for more information on this).

  2. Adjust your player model. With the following commands, we can adjust the weapon alignment, put it in the right corner, and create more room for viewing on our display. Below are some basic commands (we recommend adding it to your autoexec.cfg as well) :
    • viewmodel_offset_x 2
    • viewmodel_offset_y -2
    • viewmodel_offset_z -2
    • viewmodel_fov 68
    • Below are the default settings of our player model.

    Aim Better 3Now we’ve made some changes so that our hands are closer to the bottom of the screen and a bit more to the right.

    Aim Better 4

  3. There are a few adjustments we can make in the options > Control Settings to also improve our aiming. The first is to adjust the view-sensitivity. A setting of 2.1 or 2.2 is the most desirable, but if that feels to slow for you, adjust it accordingly. We also want to disable mouse smoothing and enable raw input (We have an article that goes more in depth on this as well).