Rainbow Six Siege Settings Guide

This is a guide for you to customize the game Rainbow Six Siege to get the most out of gameplay. Boost your FPS, customize controls for comfort and more optimizations will be discussed in this guide. If you are new to the game or even if you are playing the game from release (RIP old Hereford Base) you will have something here to take away that will improve your game.

Controls

Default controls in Siege are not the best. Customizing the controls for comfort gives you easy accessibility and that little bit more competitive edge. Changing controls initially might make your gameplay difficult. Try not to change the settings back out of frustration. Give it a couple of days to get used to, and once you are accustomed to the new controls you will do better in the game than before.

Keyboard

Going over Keyboard controls, here are some of the controls you might want to change.
Swapping the Crouch and Vault keys can be helpful because crouch is more frequently used and you can use the Space Bar key is more easily accessible. If you are one of those toxic crouch spam Ash mains it’s helpful to change crouch mode form Toggle to Hold. You can do this in the controls tab in settings.

Mouse

Having a Gaming mouse with thumb keys will be a lot helpful. You can use the thumb keys for Primary Gadget and Secondary Gadget. If you have an index or middle key on your mouse you can use it for Melee. For Drone Deployment you can use other additional mouse keys or you can use middle click. And speaking about Drone Deployment you should definitely change it from Standard to Advanced Deployment if you haven’t already.

Sensitivities

This is a tough and important setting for good gameplay. Before you get into sensitivities you need to figure out your desired style of mouse movement. There are basically 2 styles, Wrist only and Full hand.

Wrist only

This is a mouse movement style where you rest your wrist on the table and only use wrist movement to move around the mouse. This style is usually used when you have low desk space or armrest. This playstyle will give you quick movements but bad accuracy.

Full hand

This mouse is a mouse movement style where you move your whole hand to move around the mouse. You can rest your elbow on either your table or on chair armrest. This playstyle will give you great accuracy and low-speed flicks, but you can increase the flick speed eventually. This the recommended style and almost all of the pro players use this. So if you are a new player or player who wants to change aiming, try to adapt to this movement style.

Horizontal Sensitivity

Now that you have decided on your mouse movement style you can find out your perfect sensitivity. For this get into a Terrorist Hunt or a Custom game and try to figure out maximum mouse movement you can do left and right freely, in either Wrist only or Full hand style. Now try to do fine tune so that in one left to right you do a perfect 180-degree turn in the game. You can get on a straight line in the map or use the compass to measure 180 degrees. In one easy flick if you move you than 180 then decrease the horizontal sensitivity and if you turn less then increase.

Vertical Sensitivity

Vertical Sensitivity is easier to figure out than Horizontal Sensitivity. At first, just use the same as Horizontal Sensitivity, after a while ask yourself if recoil control is accurate if not then decrease Vertical Sensitivity. If you are running out of space on the mouse pad or running out of hand movement while recoil control then increase the Vertical Sensitivity. Any changes you make, just give it a couple of days and then revaluate.

Aim Down Sights

Aim Down Sights or ADS is the sensitivity you will get while aiming down sights (right-click). Think of this number as a percentage on horizontal and vertical sensitivity. For example, if you have 30 as your Horizontal Sensitivity and your ADS is 50 then while aiming down sights your Horizontal Sensitivity will be 15 (because 50% of 30 is 15), and the same applies for Vertical Sensitivity. If you are a starter try 50 ADS if you are Wrist only and 75 ADS if you are Full hand. After a couple of days if you have trouble will accuracy then decrease the ADS and if you have trouble with low-speed mouse movement then increase the ADS. As long as you have ADS between 30 and 85, whatever you choose, you will get used to it.

Discord

If you use Discord consider switching from Push to Talk to Voice Activity. This will free up one button and you don’t have to put conscious effort into pushing the key while speaking to your buddies. To switch to Voice Activity, go to Discord Settings > Voice & Video > check Voice Activity.
If you are worried about background noise and other issues with not using Push to Talk then try the following.

Adjust Input Sensitivity

Adjusting the Input Sensitivity will make your Discord only pick up your voice and not any background noise. To adjust Input sensitivity go to Discord Settings > Voice & Video > Input Sensitivity. First, disable the Automatically determine the input sensitivity. Then, adjust the sensitivity threshold knob below it. More left the bar is the more sounds Discord will pick up and vice versa. Try to speak and check how far the dark yellow bar is going to then try to put the knob a bit left of the dark bar when you are speaking. You probably won’t get the best Input sensitivity in first try so try to fine tune this using the feedback of your buddies in voice chat or try to keep a look at Discord overlay to see if your icon is popping up when you are not speaking or if your icon is not popping up when you are speaking.

Keybinds

Having Discord Keybinds will help you do frequent actions easily without having to Alt-Tab every time. Toggle Mute will help you mute your microphone, you can use this while you are going AFK or you are speaking someone in IRL. Toggle Deafen will deafen your Discord, you can use this in situations like when your buddies are speaking unnecessarily when you are doing 1 V 5 clutches.
To add Keybinds go to Discord Settings > Keybinds > Add a Keybind.

Display

Display Mode:

Make sure its Full Screen.

Aspect Ratio:

Leave it Auto if you are a casual player. But if you are a hardcore player and want that competitive advantage, want to go crazy with widening the display by using 4 X 3 aspect and all, then look into this Rouge-9 video on Aspect Ratios.

Vsync:

Use 1 Frame to render at monitors native refresh rate and not render the frames you don’t need. This will save GPU resources and power consumption.

Field of View:

Use 60 if you have a small monitor, or struggle to get 60 fps, or hard to spot enemies or struggling to aim. If you are not having any of those mentioned issues then try out 75 FOV for a week and check if you have any of those issues. If you feel comfortable and enjoy the extra field of view which help close range combats then stick with it or you can even try going above up to 90. Lower FOV will help in long-range combats and Higher FOV will help in close-range combats. And Higher the FOV lower the FPS. If you are new to the game just stick with 60 FOV until you become good.

Calibration:

This is straight forward, adjust the brightness until you see both of the images. If you are having trouble getting both of the images visible then try to adjust Brightness and Contrast in your Graphics Driver control panel and also try to adjust your Monitor Brightness and Contrast.

Graphics

The basic philosophy in Graphics settings is trying to achieve the max FPS of your monitor, not a lot more and not less. We suggest to try spending time and understand your hardware and its limits. Turn on Display Game Info setting under Gameplay Settings to check your FPS in-game. This frame rate is not accurate but it will give you the basic idea.
You can run Benchmark from settings tab with Vsync turned off to check the average FPS you are getting with the current settings. First, start with low settings and try to achieve your monitor base FPS either it’s 60 or 144. If you are getting more FPS than monitor refresh rate then incrementally push the settings up until your FPS is close to your monitor refresh rate.
We have run Benchmarks with all different settings and studied how each of the settings will affect the game. Below we will explain all the Graphics Settings and how it will affect your game and FPS.

Texture Quality:

This setting sets the resolution of object and character models. This setting is mostly visual appeal and has minimal gameplay advantage. The effect on FPS from this setting is high and this setting requires a lot of Video Memory (VRAM of your GPU). It’s recommended using Medium or Low setting if you have a medium tier, Graphics Card and go above if you are getting your desired FPS. And use Ultra textures only if you are doing some kind or YouTube videos or streaming with your game, or if you just want your game to look very good and have a high-end Graphics Card.

Texture Filtering:

This setting’s effect on FPS is quite low, it will decrease the blur of objects which are viewed at oblique angles. Recommended to have this at Linear.

LOD Quality:

This setting will determine the distance at which higher quality textures will be rendered. This will affect the gameplay quite a bit, but as most of the game’s engagements takes place in close range, you don’t have to worry about this much. Recommended to keep this at Medium or Low and crank up if you can keep your FPS at the desired level.

Shading Quality:

Just keep it at Low. Going high doesn’t help gameplay and effect on FPS is also low.

Shadow Quality:

Keep this at Medium or above Medium. If you go low it will only render static shadows and doesn’t render any dynamic shadows such as shadows of players. Having this at Medium or above Medium may help you spot enemies over a corner before they peek.

Reflection Quality:

No gameplay effect, negligible FPS effect, and low visual difference. Just leave it at Low.

Ambient Occlusion:

This is the same as the above setting. Leave it Off.

Lens Effects:

Turning on this setting will give you optical lens effects as if your character is a robot with cameras as eyes. The effect on FPS is low. Turing this ON can have a negative effect on spotting enemies and clear vision. Recommended to keep this setting Off.

Zoom-In Depth of Field:

This will give that 3D depth effect while scoping in. FPS effect is low. This is distracting and not necessary. Just leave it Off.

Anti-Aliasing:

This will diminish jaggies – stairstep-like lines that should be smooth on edges of all objects. This is an important setting, this has high FPS effect and high gameplay effect. With this turned off all the edges will have a distracting artifact. Its recommended to have this ON (T-AA). You basically have 4 Anti-Aliasing techniques T-AA, FXAA, T-AA-2X, and T-AA-4X. But you just use T-AA because others or either bad or unnecessary.

Render Scaling:

This is the percent of resolution at which environments will be rendered. It’s recommended having this at 100. But it’s usually hard to have stable desired FPS with this at 100, so try to turn this down until you get that desired FPS. The effect on FPS with this setting is high and the improvement it makes in gameplay is also high.

T-AA Sharpness:

This will sharpen the edges of objects by reducing blur. This setting is quite subjective because it is distracting to have very sharp edges for some and it’s also quite hard to differentiate enemies from the background with this setting at low. Try 50 at the start and fine tune as you desire. The effect FPS by this setting is medium.

Audio

There is nothing much under this settings tab to change. You can keep Music Volume at 0 unless you enjoy the menu music.

Dynamic Range:

The Hi-Fi will give you realistic game sounds and the TV will allow you to hear the enemies easily. Many of the pro players use TV. Just try both and stick to whatever you like.
Wait a minute! Don’t tell me you don’t use headphones. It’s absolutely barbaric not to use headphones for this game. The improvement headphones will make is very high. Just get a pair of headphones if you haven’t already.

Voice Chat Record Mode:

Keep this in Push to Talk or Disabled unless you and your buddies use In-game voice chat for some weird reason. Please don’t be one of those randoms with open mic and ton of background noise. And if you are using In-game voice chat with Open Record Mode then try to calibrate Voice Chat Record Threshold just like we calibrated Input sensitivity for Discord here.

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