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FOV in CS:GO – Everything you should know

If you’re serious about rising in the ranks, you should make sure you use everything at your disposal to get an edge over your enemies on the battlefield.

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If you are a competitive CS:GO player, you know that once you get good enough, every gameplay detail counts. In this article we will be looking at one of them – namely the FOV, which stands for field of view or field of vision, and how it might make a difference for your gaming experience.

Technical details

Before we start modifying the in-game field of vision, we need to clarify a couple of things. There are two main FOV options you can really alter. The first one, called the viewmodel fov in the command console, changes the distance between your camera and your hands.

The second one, fov_cs_debug, is the one people usually have in mind when discussing field of view. It affects the degree of the angle of your vision. The default FOV setting in CS:GO puts it at 90, which is a pretty standard value for FPS games. Keep in mind, however, that this cannot be changed if you’re playing matchmaking, as it could potentially allow cheating.

That is why, before we start experimenting with the FOV, you’ll need to enable cheats by typing sv_cheats 1 into the command console (remember to enable the developer console in the game setting first) on a private or non-VAC-protected server.

Modifying your FOV

After you have done that, you can experiment with changing your FOV in-game. Use the fov_cs_debug # command by putting the desired FOV value in place of the hash symbol. If you have never changed this setting before, you’ll surely quickly get the hang of it, and learn why it’s usually limited to certain values in the video games that allow you to modify it.

Anything below 50 will look absurdly flat, while anything above 120 might make you nostalgic and wanting to play Quake again.

No matter what you decide on, the FOV setting can certainly affect the way you play and feel the game – a low value might make the objects you see in the middle more visible, and therefore easier to shoot. While a high value may enhance your peripheral vision and allow you to see more, maybe even spot enemies faster.

All in all, it’s highly subjective. Thankfully (or sadly, depending on your preference), Valve made the decision for us when it comes to CS:GO by locking the setting beforehand. This might, and understandably so, upset anyone who stumbled upon this article looking for tips on how to change the FOV in CSGO – but unfortunately, there is not much we can do about that.

Other settings

Apart from the FOV, there are plenty of other settings that might affect the way you play the game, as well as some which are just fun to experiment with.

Binds

Probably the most popular ones in the game, binds are console commands similar to the ones we used to modify the FOV, but used for something different. Namely – binding actions that usually take two or more keys to perform, and binding them to just one key. This can be, for example, jumping and throwing a grenade at the same time.

DPI

A very important setting for any FPS player, the DPI (which stands for “dots per inch”) affects the speed of your mouse cursor. A DPI of 800 will mean that a cursor will move 800 pixels for every 1 inch you move the mouse. Nobody should be surprised that this setting is important when it comes to games focused on shooting.

Refresh Rate

Having a high refresh rate gives you a lot of advantages in competitive play. Not only does it enhance the general smoothness of gameplay, but it also reduces the input latency – which is the delay between your action (e.g. pressing the left mouse button) and the action performed in-game (e.g. a shot being fired).

Unsurprisingly, every professional player will use monitors which can reach high refresh rates, some of them reaching up to 240Hz. Sadly, there is not much we can do about the refresh rate of our screens without shelling out some money for a new screen, maybe even a new rig. Maybe checking out a site like Skinwallet is a good idea? Skins in CS:GO can reach crazy prices, and they keep getting crazier. If you’re a gamer with some spare change, there’s literally no reason not to invest.

Summary

Becoming a pro at CS:GO is not for the faint of heart. If you’re serious about rising in the ranks, you should make sure you use everything at your disposal to get an edge over your enemies on the battlefield. Try checking out our other guides and tutorials on how to get better at CS:GO.

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Chris has been blogging since the early days of the internet. He primarily focuses on topics related to tech, business, marketing, and pretty much anything else that revolves around tech. When he's not writing, you can find him noodling around on a guitar or cooking up a mean storm for friends and family.

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