Best Fortnite Controller Sensitivity

Best Fortnite Sensitivity for Controller Players in Season X

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Do you want to know what sensitivity the best Fortnite controller players use?

I’ve analyzed more than a dozen pro Fortnite controller players.

Including some of your favorite players like Nickmercs, Aydan, Issa, and Wolfiez.

And in this post, I’m going to share with you what I’ve learned to help you fine-tune your sensitivity.

I’ve gone into detail about Fortnite sensitivity before in this post. But that was looking at PC players using a mouse and keyboard.

You see, the sensitivities controller players use is a lot less varied. So it’s more straight forward and easier to analyze and understand.

Read on to learn more.

Controller Sensitivity X: 0.700


Your X sensitivity sets the speed of your controller’s sticks in the horizontal (X) axis. In other words, how fast the camera will move when looking left and right.

You want your sensitivity to be high enough so you can turn around quickly to defend yourself if you were to get shot from behind. But low enough so you have good control of your aim.

Of course, there is no need to go very high. Because you have separate sensitivities for building and editing, which I will explain later in this post.

And there is no need to go too low. Because you have separate sensitivities when aiming down sites (ADS) and when using scope weapons. I will also explain that in just a moment.

For now, let’s continue with your X sensitivity.

Here is a scatter graph of the controller sensitivity X for Fortnite pro players:

Fortnite controller sensitivity X

Now, here are the key findings:

  • Average: 0.749
  • Most common: 0.700
  • Highest: 0.905
  • Lowest: 0.600

As you can see, most of the players use an X sensitivity of 0.700.

So setting your sensitivity to about this is a good starting point.

You can, of course, go as low as 0.600 and as high as 0.900 if you want.

Onward to the Y sensitivity.

Controller Sensitivity Y: 0.700


Your Y sensitivity sets the speed of your controller’s sticks in the vertical (Y) axis. In other words, how fast the camera will move when looking up and down.

You can set your X and Y sensitivities to be different. And some players like to set the Y sensitivity lower.

But I don’t recommend that. I recommend you keep your X and Y sensitivities the same.

Here’s why: There is a lot of verticality in Fortnite because of building. So you will need to move your camera up and down a lot.

So you don’t want your sensitivity to be slower.

Now let’s look at what the pro players use for their controller sensitivity Y:

Fortnite controller sensitivity Y

As you can see, this scatter graph looks very similar to the one above for X sensitivity.

But there are some slight differences.

  • Average: 0.735
  • Most common: 0.700
  • Highest: 0.860
  • Lowest: 0.600

So the average Y sensitivity is slightly lower than the average X sensitivity. And the highest Y sensitivity is slightly lower than the highest X sensitivity.

As you know, my recommendation is to set your X and Y sensitivities the same.

Because when they are the same, your movements will be more consistent. And it will feel better and easier to get used to.

In fact, I recommend keeping your building and editing sensitivities the same, too. And your targeting and scope sensitivities the same, which I will now explain.

Controller Targeting Sensitivity: 0.333


Your targeting sensitivity is a modifier for when you aim down sites (ADS) using L2/LT on your controller.

For example, 1.0 will have no slow down when targeting. And lower settings will have more slow down when targeting.

In my analysis of players using a mouse and keyboard, mouse targeting sensitivity varied greatly. And most players used 1.0 which is what I recommended so your aim could be consistent.

But the rules for targeting sensitivity aren’t the same for controller players.

Listen, you want to set your targeting sensitivity fairly low, so you can be more precise when taking difficult shots from a distance.

Look at what the pros are using:

Fortnite controller targeting sensitivity

Now, here are the key findings:

  • Average: 0.338
  • Most common: 0.35
  • Highest: 0.603
  • Lowest: 0.175

As you can see, most of the players are using a targeting sensitivity between 0.250 and 0.400.

But I recommend 0.333 because it is a nice ratio. So it should feel natural when aiming and easy to use. And it’s near the average, too.

Of course, you can set your targeting sensitivity higher or lower than I recommend.

Between 0.250 and 0.400 should be right for most controller players.

Controller Scope Sensitivity: 0.333


Your scope sensitivity is a modifier for when you are using a scoped weapon like a sniper rifle.

As before, 1.0 will have no slow down when using a scope. And lower settings will have more slow down when scoped.

I like to keep pairs of values the same. So I recommend you keep your controller targeting and scope sensitivities the same.

The logic for this is it should help you train your aim better because your speed when aiming and scoping will be consistent.

Obviously, you could set your scope sensitivity to something higher. For example, if you are someone that likes to have quicker movements when sniping.

Anyway, let’s take a look at what the pro players use. Shall we?

Fortnite controller scope sensitivity

This looks quite similar to our graph for targeting sensitivity.

But there are some differences.

  • Average: 0.397
  • Most common: 0.340
  • Highest: 0.601
  • Lowest: 0.179

So the average scope sensitivity is 17% higher than the average targeting sensitivity.

My recommendations for scope sensitivity are the same as for targeting sensitivity.

But if you insist on having a higher scope sensitivity, then I don’t recommend going any higher than 0.600.

Now you’re going to learn about building and editing sensitivities.

Controller Building Sensitivity: 1.666


Your controller building sensitivity is a modifier for when you are in build mode.

1.0 will have no change when in build mode. And lower settings will have more slow down when in build mode.

Obviously, higher settings will increase sensitivity when in build mode.

Have you noticed I like using recurring 3s and 6s for sensitivity? That’s because I think it is a good ratio. So it should feel good to you and make it easy to adjust to.

Of course, the exact value doesn’t matter very much.

But you certainly want to have your building sensitivity higher than 1 so that you can build 90s and 1×1 bases and so on.

Let’s look at what the pros use this time using a column chart instead of a scatter chart to keep you on your toes:

Fortnite controller building sensitivity

Now, here are the key findings:

  • Average: 1.804
  • Most common: 2.000
  • Highest: 2.000
  • Lowest: 1.151

You’ll notice I recommend a building sensitivity quite a bit lower than the average. Let me explain.

You’re not a pro player. And it’s likely you won’t have the control like a pro player when building

Listen, you want your building to be as smooth as possible. So don’t set your building sensitivity too high.

That being said, between 1.5 and 2 will be good for most players.

Now, editing sensitivity.

Controller Edit Mode Sensitivity: 1.666


Your controller edit mode sensitivity is a modifier for when you are in edit mode.

1.0 will have no change when in edit mode. Lower settings will have more slow down when in edit mode.

And higher settings will increase sensitivity when in edit mode.

You’re probably not surprised to see I recommend your building and edit mode sensitivities be the same.

Let’s look at what the pros are using for edit mode sensitivity:

Fortnite controller edit mode sensitivity

This chart looks similar to the one above for building sensitivity.

But there are some slight differences.

  • Average: 1.733
  • Most common: 2.000
  • Highest: 2.000
  • Lowest: 1.151

So the average edit mode sensitivity is 4% lower than the average building sensitivity. It’s not much, however, it’s worth mentioning.

You can, of course, have different building and edit mode sensitivities. But I think they should be the same.

Because having them the same will help train your edit movements when in build mode. And vice versa for when you are in edit mode.

That being said, if after some experimenting you find you want different numbers, then, by all means, do so.

Anyway, like before, an edit mode sensitivity between 1.5 and 2 is probably about right for most players.

Terminology


You’re almost at the end.

But before I wrap everything up in a nice little summary, I want to quickly explain something.

As you know, throughout this post I’ve used the term “controller” players rather than “console” players.

The reason for this is simple. Not all controller players use a console.

Listen, you can play Fortnite on a PC with a controller. And you can play Fortnite with a keyboard and mouse on a console if you wish, though I don’t recommend it. 

All of the Fortnite pros I used for this analysis play using a good PC.

You see, when you play using a good PC you can get higher Frames Per Second (FPS). And more FPS can help improve the accuracy of your aim and increase the strength of aim assist in Fortnite.

Of course, a high FPS with a high refresh monitor can also help Fortnite feel much more smooth. 

So, if you play Fortnite using a controller like a PS4 or Xbox (as I expect many of you reading this do), then you should bear this in mind.

In other words, the sensitivities suggested throughout this post are for controller players on PC.

But you can still use the information if you are a console player.

Conclusion


There is no such thing as the “best” sensitivity.

Because there is no single sensitivity that will suit everyone.

We are all different and have different requirements and preferences.

But hopefully, you have learned a lot from this analysis of some of the best controller players. I’m sure you’re thinking about some changes you could make to your own settings.

Now that you’ve read through this post, here’s a brief summary of everything:

  • Recommended controller X sensitivity is 0.700. But you can go as low as 0.600 and as high as 0.900
  • Controller Y sensitivity should be the same as your X sensitivity because of the verticality in Fortnite
  • Recommended controller targeting sensitivity is 0.333. Between 0.250 and 0.400 will be good for most
  • Controller scope sensitivity should be the same as your targeting sensitivity. But you can set it higher if you want quicker movements when using scoped weapons
  • Recommended controller building sensitivity is 1.666. Between 1.500 and 2.000 is good
  • Controller edit mode sensitivity should be the same as your building sensitivity. Some players like it lower, though, so feel free to experiment

You can think of this as a checklist to help you remember everything you’ve just read and learned about.

I suggest you write this down to help solidify it in your memory. Of course, you can always return to this page whenever you want.

Remember, when you make a change to your sensitivity, it will take some time to get used to it.

But stick with it because it is worth it to find your perfect sensitivity.

What sensitivity do you use?

Let me know in the comments!

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