A Locksmith is only as competent as his tools, which is why buying the best accessories for Gaming is of utmost Importance. For all the genres except maybe racing, a mouse is the most important tool in your arsenal, especially for First Person Shooter games. Earlier analog mechanical mice that tracked the movement of the ball did not provide as much dexterity or precision for high-level FPS gaming. But with the advent of Laser and Optical mouse the Gaming industry has revolutionized. This is a guide to explain the tacky specifications manufacturers throw at you, the myths surrounding them, and helps you to choose the perfect gaming mouse for you.
The gaming mouse is designed radically different from the traditional mouse. They are specifically engineered for different types of games, grips and hand sizes. Each gaming mouse is designed for a specific style of play.
Grip on the Gaming Mouse
First thing you need to know before buying a mouse is the grip you have during gaming, if you have already played a lot of games, then you may already know what grip you are most comfortable in. There are mainly three types of grips:
Palm rest grip
In this Grip, your fingers extend over the buttons of the mouse and your palm is resting on the mouse, the hand has a maximum area of contact in this type of grip. It is the most popular type of grip amongst gamers. It offers a more relaxed grip and greater precision however it suffers in agility and rapid movement. This grip is best-suited for sniper or precision shooting games.
In this grip, the fingers arch up to reduce the contact of fingers while resting the palm on the mouse forming a type of claw. It increases agility and movement but sacrifices precision. This grip is best suited for assault gameplay.
This is the most extreme type of grip which has minimal contact with the mouse, only the tips of the fingers touch the mouse. This grip is for very rapid movement and very less precision. It is best suited for shotgun gunplay in which precision is not as crucial as the movement.
Next thing to consider is connectivity. There are two types of the gaming mouse, wireless and wired.
The myth surrounding the wireless mouse is that they have more latency (Input Lag) than wired mouse, which may have been true earlier. However, the wireless technology has improved a lot and the input lag between them is negligible now. Wireless gaming mice offer portability by removing the limitation of the length of the wire and tangles. They go hand in hand with a gaming laptop. However, they are available at exorbitant prices right now. Hence, you should only go for the wireless ones if you really need it or have a lot of cash to spare.
The wired mouse has always been the preferred choice of gamers because latency is a thing abhorred by the gaming community. Wired mice, however, do come with their own problems, which include wire tangles, and breaking of wire cables. However, they are available at a fairly low price than the wireless mice. So if you don’t mind a little tangle and want to spend less for more features go for a wired mouse.
Mouse Speed (DPI or CPI)
The speed of the mouse refers to the relative movement of the mouse cursor to the actual physical movement of the mouse. It is measured in Dots per inch (DPI) or Counts per inch (CPI), which is essentially the no. of steps a mouse reports when it moves one inch. The manufacturers of mouse often boast about the high DPI or CPI of the mouse leading us to believe that greater the DPI better is the mouse. However, the DPI of the mouse differs for each style of play and you have to choose the best DPI for you. The precision and DPI are inversely related to each other, that is as the DPI increases the precision of the gameplay decreases. Hence for a sniping gameplay you would require a lower DPI and for assault gameplay you would require a higher DPI. Taking this in mind many software is available which allows you to customize the sensitivity or speed of your mouse.
Most gaming mouse, however, comes with a physical button that allows you to change the sensitivity of the mouse on-the-go. Some mouse like the Corsair Vengeance M65 comes with a special button for sniper which instantly changes the speed to a predetermined 400 DPI (customizable). Some mouse also suffers from a glitch called acceleration. Acceleration is when the mouse is moved across a surface very quickly allowing less amount of time for the sensor to track the surface and hence the cursor or in this case, crosshair of the mouse moves a lot farther than it should hence require different distance of movement for different speeds to improve accuracy. This is closely related to the sensor and type of mouse.
The modern optical sensors use a light emitting diode (LED) and what is essentially a very tiny low-resolution camera to capture successive images of the surface to track the movement. This technology for tracking is called Digital Image Correlation. High-End gaming mice feature very fast shutter speeds of thousands of successive images per second. The LED is also replaced by Infrared Laser Diodes allowing better image capturing and more surface compatibility. Optical mice, however, do not work on reflective surfaces.
Laser sensors were made and patented by Logitech in early 2004. It uses a very complex way of tracking the movement of the mouse across the surface. It uses a Vertical-Cavity-Surface-Emitting Laser (VCSEL) which is reflected off the surface to be tracked and is detected by the photodiode. The theory is that different surfaces change the frequency of the laser light detected by the photodiode differently, and hence a surface is detected. Laser mouse is more sensitive to the roughness of the surface and looks into the nature of the surface. Hence, laser mouse behaves differently at low speeds. This creates an acceleration in the mouse, hence laser mouse is generally not preferred by gamers.
This is a rather tricky part to consider since the low-end mouse does not offer this feature, how useful the customizable buttons depend on the dexterity of your fingers. For people who use controllers to play frequently, this would be a better solution to have most of the controls on one hand and movement on the other (via Keyboard). FPS games generally require the customizable buttons for 2 tasks, weapon shifting, and reload. Therefore, three buttons are generally enough for a good FPS gaming mouse. However, some mouse offers some very interesting and special buttons like the sniper button which can reduce the sensitivity of the mouse. So it’s all really up to you, how much control do you want in one hand? Some gamers prefer to use keyboards solely for movement and have a lot of buttons on their mouse even for crouch and jump. Some gamers distribute the buttons equally and have equal control in both hands. If you are just starting FPS gaming, I would recommend using equal distribution for both hands and devices.
The best gaming mouse for you is not only the one that fits your grip, and suits all your needs. It is the one you are used to and feel comfortable with. Ultimately it all depends on you, the more you play the better you get.
So go ahead, use this guide and buy the perfect gaming mouse for you. May your aim be true.
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