As a gamer we’re always looking for a competitive edge, no matter what it may be, every small advantage may be the matter between winning and losing. It’s why we have the best PC’s to make sure our games run smoothly, why we insist on the best connections so we have no interference. Everything down to a comfy gaming chair is there to help us win.
Now, I’m an incredibly competitive person so maybe this speaks to me a little bit more than others but if I can get an advantage from something then I’m going to take it. This is especially prevalent when it comes to a gaming mouse. There are hundreds out there and they can be quite expensive.
Is there anything we can do to get the benefits of a gaming mouse without paying the expensive prices?
Enhance pointer precision for gaming
So, as a whole you aren’t going to get the results of a gaming mouse without actually getting one yourself. There are many actual benefits of a gaming mouse such as additional buttons, better performance, more customisable and generally they are a bit more durable, to account for a few knocks and bumps that us gamers tend to do…
This is where some people think that enhance pointer precision can help. So, what exactly does enhance pointer precision do? Essentially it changes the DPI of your mouse to accommodate what you’re doing, if you are moving your mouse around from one side of the screen to another a lot then the setting will increase your DPI to help with it.
Does it help? No…
The problem that the enhance pointer precision setting has is that it changes your DPI all the time depending on your mouse movements, this prevents your from learning the exact speed of your mouse and will lead you over estimating or under estimating how far you need to move the mouse and therefore miss the click. In cases such as fps this can be disastrous, more slow-paced games it’s less of a problem, but it is still not going to be helping at all.
What is enhance pointer precision actually for?
As I mentioned the enhance pointer precision is essentially there to automatically adjust your sensitivity depending on the mouse movements you are doing. This is a personal preference setting which some will prefer and is generally not used in combination with gaming, there will be some that use it for specific games, but it’s never encouraged or recommended.
What DPI do I want for gaming?
The DPI you select will differ depending on the type of game you play. Keep in mind that there are recommendations which are generally considered better, but nothing is set in stone. Play with what you are most comfortable with.
Here are the recommendations per game type:
· 1000 DPI – 1600 DPI for MMO and RPG games
· 400 DPI – 1000 DPI for FPS and shooter games
· 400 DPI – 800 DPI for moba games
· 1000 DPI – 1200 DPI for real time strategy games
What is the difference between pointer speed and DPI?
DPI stand for dots per linear inch, this is essentially how fast your pointer is moving across the screen and therefore is practically the same thing as pointer speed. The higher the DPI the higher the sensitivity and therefore the faster the pointer speed.
Why is enhance pointer precision bad?
Enhance pointer precision is not fundamentally bad, it does have it uses, however it will mean that your pointer accuracy is reduced. The enhance pointer precision option essentially changes your DPI (mouse sensitivity) automatically and is therefore going to hinder your accuracy.
In conclusion the enhance pointer precision option is generally going to be a negative in a gaming sense.
Because of the change in sensitivity that the enhance pointer precision does it will generally reduce the accuracy of your mouse when gaming and lead to a drop in performance.
Many games actually have this force turned off by default meaning that no matter what setting you have on your PC the game will always have it off. Usually this is done in FPS games such as Overwatch where the option can be the biggest issue.
We hope this article has helped and you now know whether to keep this option on or off!