The more you can see, the better chance you have to see your opponent. This is the innate logic of the game, and it’s why so many players increase their FOV (Field of View) as far as it can go. In this CS:GO FOV guide, we’ll cover everything you need to know about using this feature to improve your game.
How to Change Your FOV in CS:GO
It can be tough to change your FOV in a game if you’ve never done it before. Luckily, CS:GO makes it pretty easy to do so.
The setting is “viewmodel_fov.” This is a command that you can use in the game’s console to shift how close the camera is to your character’s hands, which are holding your weapons (possibly with some nice skins). You might want to change this because it can offer you a better view of the map. The closer you’re to your gun, the more of the weapon will be obstructing your view. Conversely, if your camera is pulled all the way back from the gun, then you’ll be able to see a lot more of the map because your gun is a decent distance away.
Now that you understand what the setting does, let’s look at changing it. We’ll start with “viewmodel_fov” because it’s the one you’ll probably be changing the most. With this setting, the top command is 68, and the bottom is 54. At 68, you’ll be incredibly far away from your weapon granting you more space to see enemies and surroundings.
To change the setting, open the console and type in “viewmodel_fov x” and replace x with the number you’d like to change the setting to. Try moving it in increments of two to avoid confusing yourself too much. When you’ve found the one you like, stick with it and see what it feels like to play with in full matches.
Here’s a popular FOV used by many pro players:
viewmodel_fov 68; viewmodel_offset_x 2.5; viewmodel_offset_y 0; viewmodel_offset_z -1.5; viewmodel_presetpos 3; cl_viewmodel_shift_left_amt 1.5; cl_viewmodel_shift_right_amt 0.75; viewmodel_recoil 0; cl_righthand 1;
FOV and Your Game
So now that you know how to change it, what will it actually do for your gameplay? Well, that really depends on your skills. If you’re quite good at CS:GO, you should adapt to the new setting quickly enough to start feeling a difference in your performance. If you’re still new to the game, though, it might take longer to get used to it.
You’ll need to adapt to the new setting and see how it benefits you in your game. If you’ve given yourself a more visible FOV, you may start to notice that you can see enemies more easily. On the other hand, you may find the new view obstructive, and your controls far too perfect. Find the balance, and you’ll soon see how changing your FOV can completely revamp your play style.
Control Sensitivity and FOV in CS:GO
There’s a huge correlation between the sensitivity of your controls and your FOV. If your controls are too sensitive, you’ll need to have a wider FOV to avoid completely missing targets with wild swings of the mouse. The opposite is also true. If the controls are too sluggish, a wide FOV will kill you.
When changing your FOV, you also need to think about the other parts of the game that play into your movement. Even the FPS your computer is capable of might make the difference between a win or a loss in close combat. Pushing everything to be just right will allow you to focus on the task at hand. Make sure you customize each element. Otherwise, your game will suffer.
FOV is incredibly important in CS:GO. If you don’t tweak it, you’re left at the mercy of players who have already put the time into honing theirs. By fixing up your camera to be exactly where it needs to be for you to play best, you’ll upgrade your skills. Seeing the enemy sooner, and being able to react, is key. CS:GO is a game about twitch movements and serious precision. You won’t catch a pro without completely custom settings. Follow their example and spend some time on yours before your next match so you know you can beat the enemy team and work together with yours effectively.