If you have picked up Halo 5: Guardians since it released, especially if you are a hardcore Arena player, you may have noticed that aiming and controller sensitivity have been behaving a bit differently than they used to in previous Halo titles. A while back, 343 Industries implemented a fix for a problem that was causing aiming dead zones in specific controllers, and said that more Halo 5 controller settings were on the way.
Alongside the December Update for Halo 5: Guardians, Cartographer’s Gift, are the brand new controller options for players. These settings will allow players to tune Aim Acceleration, Inner Dead Zones (Drift), and Outer Dead Zones (Slow Turn) to their liking.
To start, Look Acceleration now allows players to tune how quickly their reticle will accelerate when the stick is pressed the full distance. This was increased since the Halo 5: Guardians Beta to allow players to make larger aim corrections quicker. The default acceleration is 3, but if you prefer something more similar to the Beta, or even previous Halo titles, you’ll want to dial it down to 2 or lower.
The next setting is the Inner Dead Zone, which refers to how much ‘Drift’ your thumbstick has, causing inputs when the controller is left at rest. If your controller has zero issues, you should be able to set the dead zone to 0% and your aim will not drift when you are not touching the thumbstick.
Outer Dead Zones refer to when your controller does not recognize that you are fully pressing the thumbstick, resulting in slow turn in your aiming. Increasing the percent of the outer dead zones essentially is creating trigger stops for your thumbstick. To test if you need to increase your dead zones, start from 0% and slowly increase until you no longer experience any slow turn in your aiming.
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