By Pavo Jurkic
May 21, 2019
First of all, let’s address the elephant in the room. CS:GO crosshairs come down to personal preference. There’s no question about it. A CS:GO crosshair is only good if you’re comfortable with it. If you’re trying to force a custom CS:GO crosshair just because your favorite pro player uses it, chances are it might not work for you.
You can try all you like, but the thing is, if you’re not fully comfortable using it, you’re better off switching back to your previous choice.
CS:GO is a highly competitive game, and people are looking for the tiniest details that could help them improve their rank and skill, CS:GO crosshairs included. That said, if you find yourself struggling with aim and aiming consistency, perhaps it’s time to explore your options.
But before we start digging through various options out there, let’s check out how exactly you can change your CS:GO crosshair!
Changing your crosshair in CS:GO is as simple as it can be. There are three main ways of doing it.
If you’re just starting out and don’t want to tinker with console commands and downloading third-party maps, In-Game Settings will be your best friends. You’ll see options for changing the crosshair style and color in the Game Settings tab.
This crosshair-changing method is the best one for beginners, but it doesn’t feature any customization, which is something you’ll definitely want if you’re a more experienced CS:GO player.
If you’re willing to tinker with the console, there’s a handful of crosshair codes you should know about. They adjust the size, thickness, gap, scale, style, and other visual elements. It’s a bit tricky to get a grasp of everything, but with a bit of help from Google, I’m sure you’ll find a way.
Additionally, there are websites that feature crosshair codes of all prominent pro players. Simply copy their codes into your console, hit enter, and boot into an offline/casual match.
Crosshair generators are by far the most used method of changing CS:GO crosshairs. They have all customization options as console commands but are packed in a user-friendly environment. The best one is available through the Steam Workshop and is completely free to download. It’s called Crashz Crosshair Generator, and it’s basically a map that gives you a GUI with all console commands at your disposal. It is the quickest and easiest method of changing crosshairs in CS:GO. You should definitely try it out if you’re looking to up your crosshair game.
For more info, make sure you check out our comprehensive Changing Your CS:GO Crosshair article! It explains changing crosshairs in a much more detailed manner and features some of the best crosshair generators out there. If you’re having issues with customizing your crosshair, that should be your starting point!
Here comes the fun part. In the following paragraphs, I’ll share my opinions on the three best types of CS:GO crosshairs. Keep in mind, these are just my opinions, and you won’t necessarily agree with them. With that out of our way, let’s check out my short list of the three best CS:GO crosshair options!
If you’re just starting out your CS:GO career, then this is the crosshair for you. The default dynamic crosshair can be selected through the game settings menu. Simply select the Default Dynamic option, and you’re good to go.
This CS:GO crosshair has two main advantages. First, it expands and shrinks depending on your weapon type and your character’s velocity and posture, mimicking the weapon’s recoil spread. Actions such as walking and running will affect your accuracy, making your default dynamic crosshair expand. When you stop moving, it changes to the default size. Lastly, when you’re crouching, it will shrink because that’s when your weapon will be the most accurate (minimal recoil spread).
Additionally, default dynamic crosshair changes color and shape if you aim towards enemy and friendly players. When you aim at an enemy, the crosshair will change red. When you aim at a friendly player, the crosshair will change shape, letting you know you should not fire any bullets.
Needless to say, both of these virtues are meant for total beginners, players who still can’t differentiate Counter-Terrorists from Terrorists, and vice versa. If you’re a relatively new player and are already past this phase, perhaps the following dot will be a more viable choice.
Many CS:GO players swear by their trusty dot crosshair. Most of the time, we’re talking about a miniature dot in various colors, with or without an outline. Simple dot crosshairs have several advantages and one key disadvantage.
First of all, they’re clean. With just a dot in the middle of the screen, you’ll see a lot more of the action. Bulky, outlined crosses blocking your view will be a thing of the past. Furthermore, it’s easier to nail close to medium distance headshots with a simple dot crosshair. It’s like a magnet!
I’ve used various types of dot crosshairs for almost two years. I made the switch to a thin static crosshair near the end of 2018 because of constant issues with the dot blocking visibility of enemies in the distance. That’s basically the only downside to dot crosshairs — in my book, at least.
Of course, you can go all bananas with your dot CS:GO crosshair. You can have it with a thick, dark outline so that you don’t accidentally lose track of it in the middle of a fiery exchange of bullets. You can hollow it out so that it won’t block the heads of enemies from quite far away. It’s not the perfect solution, but it’s worth a shot. You can even make it expand and shrink by using a dynamic style. The choices are endless, really. And at the end of it all, it all comes down to your personal preference.
Here’s the code for my favorite simple dot crosshair that I’ve used during the majority of 2017 and 2018. It’s red, slightly outlined, and works wonders on close to medium range. Feel free to use it as a base for your own creation.
And finally, we’ve reached the best CS:GO crosshair out there. Thin static crosshair is the choice of virtually all professional CS:GO players. However, these are highly customizable and come in various shapes and sizes. Pro players (and wannabe pro players) spend countless hours tinkering with the thickness, gaps, outlines, alpha, colors, and all those crosshair adjustments. Believe it or not, even the tiniest of details matter. Especially at the highest competitive levels.
If you want a good starting point for a thin static crosshair design, check out the following code:
This is a cyan crosshair with a typical gap and black outline. It’s based on the static style, so it won’t expand or shrink depending on your movement, posture, and weapon. It doesn’t have a dot in the middle, so you’ll be able to see people further away. You can use it as a base and use Crashz Crosshair Generator to customize it all you want.
Last but not least, here’s a bit of info many hardcore CS:GO players still don’t know. CS:GO crosshair is an element in the game that scales with the resolution. As you lower the resolution, the game “zooms in,” making the crosshair appear bigger and a bit blurrier. Combine that with the fact that many pro players play in 4:3 at either 1024×768 or 1280×1024 resolutions, and you’ll understand why their crosshairs seem overly thin if you’re playing in Full HD or above.
With that in mind, make sure you take into account the resolution you’ll be using when picking your next CS:GO crosshair. If you’re testing out new options with Crashz Crosshair Generator, boot up the map in the resolution you plan on playing for competitive matches. Otherwise, your CS:GO crosshair of choice might end up looking stretched or shrunk down once you switch the res back.