DESTINY 2 MOUSE SETTINGS
Someone who is new to PC gaming would be wondering why Destiny 2 Mouse Settings. After all, a mouse is just a mouse; what matters in gaming are, of course, the quality of the game itself, the computer’s processing speed and memory capacity, and stability of your internet connection. Right? Probably, if you’re playing Tetris, Minesweeper or some other retro games. However, if you are planning to dive into the world of new generation, high definition games, especially one that combines massively multiplayer online role playing game mechanics (MMORPG) and first person shooter (FPS) like Destiny 2, then you are dead WRONG!
Destiny 2, unlike its predecessors, employs exploding graphics and vast and dynamic world that run on entirely different rules of physics. In Destiny 2, characters move in fluid motion; colors, textures, and depth of substance have a higher degree of realism; and in-game objects interact with such precision that serious gamers even have to resort to complex mathematical computation just to get the optimal angle, distance, and speed that will yield the most number of successful attacks and highest damage. The mouse—being your way of interacting with the game—must also be capable of responding to these nuances. In order to properly support you, having optimal mouse setting for Destiny 2 is indispensable.
Choosing the Right Mouse for Destiny 2
Before we proceed to the best mouse setting for Destiny 2, let’s check out first the factors that will define your mouse’s performance.
Perhaps the most commonly known types of mice these days are the laser mouse and the optical mouse. People seem to have the impression that laser mouse is faster than the optical mouse but this is not entirely true. For one thing, they are basically the same. Both of them use CMOS sensor, the same sensor found in your smartphone camera and digital camera. The only difference between them is the lighting–optical mouse uses infrared or red LED while laser mouse uses the vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL), still LED light but laser. Now, the mouse’s CMOS sensor is the one responsible for detecting movement. It does so by recording images of the surface under the mouse. The lighting, on the other hand, is what traces the surface so that the sensor can record the pictures and use them as a reference for the mouse’s movement.
Infrared and VCSEL lights have their own strengths and weaknesses. Depending on how you intend to use the mouse, each of them can be better than the other. Due to the laser’s wavelength, it is more sensitive to the texture of the surface than red LED. This makes laser mice perfect for tasks that require precise, uninterrupted movement such as graphic design, 3D modeling, etc. In contrast, red LED is more about surface illumination, which makes optical mice suitable for tasks that involve distance-specific movement. To illustrate further, if both are used on the same fabric pad, laser mouse will read the peaks and dips of the fabric while red LED will only recognize the peaks. Meaning, between a laser and optical mice, tracking accuracy in relation to movement speed is lower in laser mice than optical mice because laser light needs more time to take in all the extra information (fabric’s peaks and dips).
For playing Destiny 2, what you need from your mouse is not high resolution tracking but consistent, accurate, and high-speed response. We will touch more of it later when we discuss mouse setting for Destiny 2 and tips on how to boost your aim when playing FPS. For now, let’s keep in mind that having higher resolution may not always be the best choice. Depending on your intention, an optical mouse may be the better option, such as in the case of a Destiny 2 gaming.
With design, we don’t just mean the color, pattern, or some other bling on the mouse’s exterior. It means all the elements of a mouse’s architecture that gives you comfort and convenience while your hands are on it. This includes shape, buttons and wheel size and position, weight, texture, and material. What’s critical about choosing the best design for you is that there is no way to compensate for it once you’ve bought the wrong mouse, not even the most optimized, revered, prized, gold standard mouse setting for Destiny 2.
Allow us to clarify, though, that there is really no universally perfect mouse design. Ultimately, the level of comfort and convenience of a mouse depending on the user and the purpose of using it. For example, a left-handed FPS gamer with huge hands and stocky fingers may find an ambidextrous heavy gaming mouse with slightly firmer buttons and longer outline heavenly but a right-handed young female MOBA player will not last even one round using it.
We cannot emphasize enough the importance of ergonomic mouse design in your gaming experience. So when you select a mouse, especially if you’re planning to use it for Destiny 2, consider the following: Weight – slightly affects your hand movement’s precision and greatly affects game endurance. If you plan to play for several hours in one sitting, it is better to opt for a lighter mouse.
Shape – greatly affects movement accuracy and ability to respond to the game quickly. An ergonomically designed mouse should allow your hand to claw over it comfortably and without compromising the accessibility of the buttons and scrolling wheel.
Button and wheel sizes – greatly affect accuracy and reflex. If you have chunky fingers, don’t buy a mouse with slim buttons and compact design—combos are activated using sequential pressing of buttons, not simultaneous ramming of all clickable surface possible.
Grip and material – greatly affect movement speed and accuracy. If you have sweaty hands, choose one that has matte plastic and rubber material for better comfort and control. Also, if you can find one that cradles your fingers nicely without compromising freedom of movement, so much better as this will prevent your hand from getting numb during long gaming sessions.
Custom features – there are mice that have as many buttons as a smartphone. Some gamers find this useful because this allows them to key in multiple personalized functions, an obvious advantage if you are 1) playing a MMORPG with complex character commands that can put nuke activation sequence to shame and 2) gifted with extremely sharp, if not photographic, memory. Otherwise, stay away from it. No mouse setting for Destiny 2 can save you from messing up your game when you accidentally bump on the extra side buttons or press the wrong keys during an intense battle. Even Por players that are boosting accounts have issues !
Nowadays, it doesn’t really matter whether you are using a wired or wireless mouse. Wired and wireless mice differ in the maximum amount of data that they can transfer to the PC , which is also known as the mouse polling rate, with wired mice often maxing out at 500Hz and wired mice at 1000Hz. However, unless you are the Pea Princess who can feel a pea buried under nine different layers of luxurious, royally soft and bouncy mattresses with extreme sensitivity, you will hardly notice the effect. This is because most screens refresh at a much slower rate, usually from 60Hz to 144Hz. So, instead of stressing yourself over polling rate, just focus on the mouse’s design and sensor capacity.
Other considerations are, of course, your budget, the brand (good brands usually translates to better product quality and customer support), and value added services or products such as warranty and service center, if available.
OPTIMIZE MOUSE SETTINGS
Now that you have already decided on a mouse, we can proceed to the juicy part—optimizing it for Destiny 2. There are two levels of optimizing your mouse. First is the mouse sensitivity, which is done through the mouse driver or customization software. Your mouse should come with an instruction on how to access it; if you can’t find it in the packaging, check the manual. The second level is the mouse’s game sensitivity. Based on the controls list released by Bungie during the recent game reveal event, Destiny 2 gamers will be able to adjust the following mouse controls: Look Sensitivity, Vertical Inversion, Horizontal Inversion, Aim, and Smoothing. They apply both on Destiny 2 console and PC gaming.
Contrary to popular belief, “the higher the better” is not always true when it comes to mouse DPI (dots per inch). Because of the variance between the screen resolution and your mouse’s optical sensor resolution, small mouse movements are amplified when translated to on-screen cursor movement. It’s true that setting your mouse to the highest value will make it more sensitive but it will also make on-screen movement difficult to control. Alternatively, setting the mouse sensitivity to low will allow you to execute accurate movements and will give you more freedom in terms of hand movement. Some gamers may disagree but we believe that sensitivity is a matter of preference. If you’re the type of gamer who revels in excitement when using minimal, always-on-the-edge, almost instantaneous movements and you believe that you have enough dexterity to match it, then, by all means, max it up. However, if you’re the kind of player who thrives in making calculated and introspective actions, then it is best to start with low sensitivity. Normally, we recommend starting at 800 DPI or 1000 DPI if you are playing on a bigger screen. From there, raise the sensitivity until you find the DPI that feels just right. Practice in-game and observe your hit rate. If you find yourself shooting your enemy more than necessary, you may want to lower your sensitivity to increasing accuracy. If you are constantly failing to kill your enemy by a hair’s breadth, raise your mouse sensitivity and see if your kill rate improves.
If you are playing Destiny 2 on a console using Xim4 mouse and keyboard adapter, simply set the sensitivity to maximum DPI. If you are using other types of an adapter, make sure you follow the manufacturer’s recommended settings.
For the polling rate, opt for the maximum value.
Look sensitivity refers to Destiny 2’s in-game turning around speed. To set the look sensitivity, you can go the same way you did on the mouse driver. Or you can max it up to enjoy the full potential of the game and take advantage of your mouse’s capabilities.
Once done, you can proceed with adjusting the cross hair sensitivity. There are two categories affecting cross hair sensitivity: HIP (firing weapon without zooming in on target) and Aim Down Sight or ADS (firing a weapon while using aiming scopes). Basically, the higher the value, the faster your cursor moves.
The optimal value for HIP and ADS depend on your game and mouse sensitivity setting. To help you get a safe starting point, you may use DPI and sensitivity calculator (there are plenty of free calculators online that you can use, just search for it on your browser). Or you can start from the lowest and try-tweak-test your way until you hit the perfect value.
For the XY Ratio, we suggest you leave them at default until you know more about the mechanics and can confidently fix your settings in case your experimentation causes your character to go bonkers.
What’s interesting about Destiny 2 is that the game has enough flexibility to allow gamers to be creative with their mouse customization. You can add curves on your projectiles/ballistics and execute different combinations of skills and moves into one command using the macro setting.
Here’s a great example by RML of Xim’s Community Forum. This setting was created for a console, taking in consideration Destiny 2’s turn speed cap. His settings allow players to summon, mount, and load Sparrow using one key only; farm and revive spontaneously; activate Super ability, Heavy Weapon ability, or fly out to orbit using one key; move faster and with better control while running or riding your vehicle, and utilize special ballistic curves. Please note that the configuration will only work if created in the following order: Primary, HIP >> Sub, ADS >> Sub, Sprint (you have to create your own setting for this one) >> Sub, Sparrow (you have to create your own setting for this one).
Polling Rate: 500
HIP: Sensitivity – 36, XY Ratio – 0.85, Boost – 0
ADS: Sensitivity – 14.5, XY Ratio – 0.85, Boost – 0
Sprint: Sensitivity – 60, XY Ratio – 0.85, Boost – 1000, Turn Assist – KPad3
Sparrow: Sensitivity – 60, XY Ratio – 0.85, Boost – 1000, Turn Assist – KPad3
Macro Button Layout: LGS Default Setting
Heavy Weapon Macro Keys: down + Num 9, 1.8 sec delay, up + Num 9
Sparrow Macro Keys: down + Num 7, 0.1 sec delay, up + Num 7, 0.08 sec delay, down + Num 8, 1.8 sec delay, up + Num 8, 0.15 sec delay, down + Num 6, 0.08 sec delay, up + Num 6
Orbit Macro Keys: down + Num 7, 0.1 sec delay, up + Num 7, 0.08 sec delay, down + Num 9, 9 sec delay, up + Num 9
Farm and Revive Macro Keys: down + Num 8, 4 sec delay, up + Num 8
As already mentioned, Destiny 2 is a very flexible game. So if you really want to get creative, there’s plenty of room for experimentation. There are other high profile gamers who have created their own mouse setting for Destiny 2 and generously shared their codes to the public. You can try their settings, learn from their historical configurations, and get used to the various sensitivity setting combinations and macro editing before you design your own special mouse setting for Destiny 2.