FOV Values ​​in Games – Aim vs Awareness


The main reason people tend to increase their FOV in games from the default is because they want to be more aware of what’s going on around them. An important part of good aiming is initial target acquisition which allows you to get a few shots in before the enemy can even react.

That’s why in BR games like Apex Legends, COD, and PUBG, you usually try to maximize your FOV so that you can receive as much information as possible about what’s going on around you.

These games tend to be quite chaotic in intense combat, so having tunnel vision (poor field of vision) can get you killed pretty quickly. In short, a higher FOV value will allow you to assess your surroundings more accurately, position yourself better, and achieve better macro games.


In comparison, having a lower FOV value aims to improve your actual combat and aiming while sacrificing some of the awareness you would otherwise have. This is especially effective in games with a long TTK (time to kill) like Apex Legends where you need to track a target for long periods of time.

A high field of view will also create a fish-eye effect where, to show you more of your surroundings, targets in front of you will become smaller. This will make it harder to aim at your targets because on a lower FOV they would be much larger.

fov awareness

A higher FOV also sacrifices a lot of your responsiveness when tracking, so it can be difficult to stay over a target that strafs quickly and maintains high accuracy. At the same time, due to the increased responsiveness, some people may feel shaky on lower FOV, so you should have good mouse control and aim to fully exploit the lower FOV.

In short, with a lower FOV you create a situation where you focus a lot more on microgames like damaging your opponents in 1v1 and less on macrogames like positioning yourself on the map.

Different FOV calculations

Players tend to want to stick with a good value that they have become accustomed to, so they use the same value in every game they play. As explained in this article on sensitivities, different games use different engines and calculate FOV differently. A value of 103 FOV in one game can have completely different values ​​in other games that have a different FOV scale.

fov settings

If you want to have the same FOV (let’s say you want Overwatch’s 103 FOV in all your games) in all the games you play, you need to use and convert your values ​​that way. This way you will be able to transform FOV values ​​based on 4:3 resolutions (Source Engine games), 16:9 resolutions (COD, Overwatch, Quake Champions), horizontal degrees, vertical degrees, etc.

FPS impact

Something that should also be mentioned when discussing the pros and cons of high versus low FOV is that the higher your FOV, the greater the FPS impact you will have. This is simply because the game will now have to render more worlds in front of you. This can be quickly measured and confirmed by looking at the increased load on your CPU/GPU while maximizing your FOV.

A big reason why a lower FOV value will help you in aiming duels is also because your FPS will be more consistent, which will result in better input lag while you fight. While lower input lag due to lower FOV won’t give you an aimbot, it will increase the consistency of your duels since you won’t get FPS drops that would cause the game to stutter.

At the same time, this argument becomes less relevant for people with godlike PCs who can maintain high FPS values ​​even at maximum field of view.

Change your FOV without a cursor

There are also games where you don’t have an FOV slider at all (CS:GO), but that doesn’t mean there’s no way to change your FOV.

A very common way people manipulate their FOV values ​​is to play on stretched resolutions. Since your monitor uses a 16:9 aspect ratio but you stretch to a resolution that uses a different aspect ratio (16:10, 4:3, 5:4) than your native aspect ratio, you will lose some of your horizontal FOV.

The loss of FOV is proportional to the drop in aspect ratio (16:9 > 16:10 > 4:3 > 5:4) with 5:4 having the lowest FOV available in games. In some games, using different aspect ratios and stretch resolutions also mess up your sensitivity scale, so be sure to double-check all your values.

How to choose your field of vision

Considering all of the above information, choosing a good field of view value for yourself requires making clear choices: prioritize positioning and map knowledge over aiming and micro-games? Do you have mouse control to maintain good aim on the lower FOV? Can your PC maintain high FPS even while rendering more game due to your high FOV?

It is important to mention that each game has individual requirements and the same value will not work for all games you play. Ideally, you’ll choose a FOV value for every game where you can see just enough of your surrounding world to make accurate positioning decisions while still being low enough to be able to track fast-moving targets with the increased responsiveness of a low value.

If you were expecting this article to end with a general statement like “yes, just use this”, then I’m sorry to disappoint you, but that’s not how things work when you really want to maximize your potential in a game. Experiment with each game, consider your aiming potential, playstyle and the requirements of the game you have main, this is how you land on a god mode FOV value.

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