The Complete Guide
Welcome my friends, today we gonna have a close look on how to get the perfect CS GO crosshair settings!
Fact is, there is not “that one” CS GO crosshair config that is the best, it depends on personal requirements: It has to fit to your playstyle and gaming hardware.
What is the CS GO Crosshair for?
What is it for & why you should change it:
- The CS GO crosshair, which is the marked area in the middle, is of course crucial to aim and shoot at all.
- By changing the crosshair, you can improve a lot and get a much better CS GO rank.
- It is worth investing time to find a good crosshair, test it out:
With a configured CS GO crosshair you will be able to shoot more accurate and your aiming learning curve will increase. The default settings do not have such a sensivity that it is even possible to understand the aiming perfectly with each weapon. But with a good CS GO config and the best fitting crosshair you get a proper feeling for it.
Tips & Tricks for the CS GO crosshair:
- When choosing a crosshair size and config aim to small distances to see the real impact. If the distance is too big for normal fighting situations it is not clear where you exactly have to hit to make a headshot.
- The color is always something that all treat different. While yellow is hard to see on dust maps, blue or purple is unclear on darker maps. The best way is too choose something that you can see on every ground. I prefer green but just take what you like.
- If you really want to play with a dynamic crosshair, which is changing its size, think about adding a dot to the middle of the crosshair.
Good to know:
- In 2017 Counterstrike Global Offensive added the T-crosshair, which some people like to see in other shooters about war and it has some realistic charme.
- Keep in mind that different colors and sizes of the CS GO crosshair can be very different on screen sizes and also maps, it should fit and shouldn’t be too small or transparent.
- The default CS GO crosshair is getting bigger if you move or jump, this is one the one hand extremely bad for precise aiming but on the other hand it is good because new players learn that these movements effect your aiming and the weapon spray a lot in a negative way.
Best way to create the perfect customized CS GO Crosshair
There are different ways how to customize the crosshair in CS GO.
Some of the crosshairs are available in the standart game menu, but the the real nice commands which open you a new world of crosshairs are hidden. It is possible via custom commands which have to be written into the autoexec.cfg game file to inform CS GO on each game start.
The great thing is you dont have to write and test all CS GO crosshair commands by urself, the following options simplify this alot!
Option 1: Use the basic CS GO crosshair menu settings:
If you do not want to dive deeper, but need a simple optimization, you can easily edit the crosshair settings in the CS GO menu.
Step 1: Click on Game Settings.
Step 2: Edit the crosshair menu settings. I recommend “Default Static” in green with a 0.85 scale and 0.5 alpha.
This generates a small green reticle which is not getting bigger while jumping & moving.
Option 2: Use a CS GO crosshair Generator:
CS GO crosshair generators allow to see what you get before copying it into the game.
This gives the chance to make the crosshair perfect and it is easy to test a bit.
You can find a good crosshair generator here.
CS GO crosshair generator preview:
Isn’t this nice?
If you finished the customization, copy the commands to the CS GO console.
Option 3: Use a CS GO crosshair config from a progamer:
Many players trust the CS GO pro configs and just copy them.
These are highly recommended. A good way is also to choose your desired progamer crosshair config and then adjust it to your personal hardware and pheriphals.
Here you can find the top 10 progamer crosshair settings.
Option 4: Use the Steam Workshop crosshair map:
In the Steam Workshop you can browse CS GO maps which allo to change the crosshair by playing. This needs completely no console and no coding. Just browse the map, download & play it and choose the perfect CS GO crosshair while testing it. By shooting at a value, color or target the crosshair directly changes.
When you quit the map, the settings will be saved after restarting Counterstrike.
Option 5: Create your own CS GO crosshair with the developer console:
First of all to enable the developer console, open the game settings and activate it like on the image:
In the console you can add all of the commands for a pro crosshair config.
All of the CS GO crosshair commands are listed below!
Advanced CS GO Crosshair Guide and Commands
Here are all CS GO crosshair commands as an overview for you.
Pick out the commands, copy them to the CS GO game console and make the crosshair perfect!
The crosshairstyle is the first value to define the overall crosshair skin:
|cl_crosshairstyle “0”||Default Crosshair (spreads alot while moving and shooting)|
|cl_crosshairstyle “1”||Default Static (Completely static)|
|cl_crosshairstyle “2”||Classic (Spreads while moving and shooting)|
|cl_crosshairstyle “3”||Classic Dynamic (Spreads while moving and shooting)|
|cl_crosshairstyle “4”||Classic Static (Completely static)|
|cl_crosshairstyle “5”||Classic 1.6 / CS:Source Style (only spreads while shooting)|
The crosshairstyles 0 and 1 are able to spot enemies with a red color if hud_showtargetid is set to “1”.
cl_crosshaircolor_r “50” (0-255)
cl_crosshaircolor_g “50” (0-255)
cl_crosshaircolor_b “50” (0-255)
|Custom Color – RGB color code:|
The colors have a range of 256 (with zero). Doing the math, this leads to:
256*256*256= 16.777.216 possible crosshair colors
Define the transparency with a value between 0 and 255.
|cl_crosshairalpha “0”||Completely Transparent|
Option to add a dot to the middle of the reticle, good for bigger or dynamic crosshairs.
|cl_crosshairdot “0”||No Dot|
Define the length of the lines with a value between 0 and 10 (0.5 steps are possible).
|cl_crosshairsize “0”||Minimum crosshairsize|
|cl_crosshairsize “5”||Default crosshairsize|
|cl_crosshairsize “10”||Maximum crosshairsize|
|cl_crosshairgap “-2”||Small gap|
|cl_crosshairgap “1”||Medium gap|
|cl_crosshairgap “5”||Big gap|
Define the thickness of the CS GO crosshair lines between 0.5 and 2.
|cl_crosshairthickness “0.5”||Default thickness|
Black outline for the crosshair, does not work with the Crosshairystyles 0 & 1.
|cl_crosshair_drawoutline “0”||No Outline|
The command useweaponvalue gives weapons different crosshair sizes related to the weapon spray size. A pistol has a bigger crosshair size than a MG weapon. Does not work with the crosshairstyles 0 & 1.
|cl_crosshairgap_useweaponvalue “1”||Weapon based crosshair size enabled|
The CS GO T-crosshair
The CS GO T-Crosshair with was brought to us in 2017 for a war-shooter feeling.
|cl_crosshair_t “1”||Enable the T-Crosshair|
Extra CS GO crosshair commands
Additional cvars for the crosshairstyle 2:
|cl_crosshair_dynamic_maxdist_splitratio “0.35”||Value between 0 and 1|
|cl_crosshair_dynamic_splitalpha_innermod “0”||Value between 0 and 1|
|1cl_crosshair_dynamic_splitalpha_outermod “0.5”||Value between 0.3 and 1|
What is the best CS GO Crosshair Style?
There are so many options for the CS GO crosshairs and configs, but for me it helped getting a better aim at all. The crosshair must be present without giving too much attention to it. It must be clear and give the perfect vision to the target behind!
What about you?
I hope you like the article! Did you found the perfect CS GO crosshair for your playstyle?
Did I miss something, feel free to add something.
What is the best CS GO crosshair config? Let us know!
See you in ranked matches! Find more CS GO pro tips here.