Are you aiming to become a Rocket League pro who can crush Esports competitions? Then the one thing you absolutely can’t overlook is your settings. Most beginner and casual Rocket League players settle for the game’s default settings and don’t realize this is inhibiting their gameplay. If you want to quickly rise in the rankings and excel as one of the top Rocket League gamers, you’re going to have to make some serious settings changes and play like the pros.
The ultimate Rocket League settings that will improve overall gameplay according to the pros are as follows:
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Of course, there are influential controls and other settings you may want to alter to improve your gaming experience.
In this article, we’ll discuss the best Rocket League settings according to some of the most skilled and well-renowned Rocket League pros to date, such as GarrettG, Squishy Muffinz, M0nkey_M00n, and more. We’ll describe what each setting does, what the pros set them to, and how this brings your gameplay one step closer to their level.
What Are The Best Rocket League Settings According to the Pros?
Oftentimes, players are so eager to get on the field and compete that they either stick to the default settings exclusively, or they only tweak a setting or two to suit their preferences. We’re here to tell you that if you want to play at the height of Rocket League competitions alongside the pros, you’ll need to change a lot more than just a few settings.
The most influential settings that pros alter to boost their gameplay are found in the camera, control, and interface tabs. Here, they’ll change settings like:
· Field of view
· Control setup
· Nameplate size
However, while these are the big settings you’ll want to change, there are a number of other Rocket League settings you should test and alter to suit your gaming preferences and equipment for ultimate performance. There are also a number of settings that pros recommend you leave as their default. To help, we’re going to discuss each Rocket League setting option individually and list what the pros like to keep, what they like to change, and what they recommend players of all levels use.
The first tab in your Settings menu is the “Gameplay Settings.” Here, you’ll find options that mostly center on competitions and tournaments or screen options.
Thankfully, this section is pretty easy. Generally, pros will leave the majority of gameplay settings in their default modes. There are only a select few you might alter, such as “tournament schedule region” if you live in a location that doesn’t match the default or you want to compete against Rocket League players from a specific region.
The “cross-platform” setting is another one some people will have on or off. This simply allows you to play against players of all platforms (ex. CPU, PlayStation, Xbox) or limit your competition to players using the same platform as your own.
Apart from that, the only other settings pros consistently alter are “text chat,” “voice chat,” and “game stat display level.” The first two are communication-based and might be disabled depending on how distracting other players are during matches or what method you use to coordinate with a teammate. For the last setting, pros tend to opt for the “main stats only” option rather than “all stats” as it can be distracting to have a notification of every aerial touch and other stats constantly pop up during gameplay.
If there’s one “Settings” tab we recommend you prioritize over all others, it’s probably the “camera settings.” These settings can profoundly affect your gameplay, particularly when it comes to how much of the field you can see and how easy it is to make effective touches. Simply altering camera settings is an easy step any beginner can take to immediately place them above default users.
Because these settings are so essential, especially at the pro level, we’re going to discuss each individually and describe what they are, what you should set them to, and why.
This setting is probably the most irrelevant one on the list. It essentially includes a list of preset settings players can use to match their gameplay style, such as “Balanced” or “Wide Angle.” Usually, this is in the “Default” setting until players start changing things. To make matters short, don’t choose any of the presets. Once you start changing the other settings in this section, your preset will automatically shift to “Custom,” and that’s where you’ll want it to stay so you can keep your pro settings.
The “camera shake” setting controls the shake effect that occurs when your car contacts the ball or other players or performs actions like boosting. It is also arguably the most hated setting of all Rocket League settings and might be the only one players consistently alter, and you should too.
If you only take one piece of advice from this article, please let it be to turn off your camera shake setting. It is extremely distracting and unnecessary, and turning it off will provide much more stability to your screen and make it easier to focus while you play.
Field of View
Apart from “camera shake,” “field of view” (FOV) is the most important camera setting to alter. This controls the size of your field of view or how zoomed in or out your camera is. The majority of pros will set their field of view at 110 degrees, which is the maximum amount they can zoom out. Some pros will go slightly lower, but few move out of the 108-110 degree range.
The key here is to have your field of view as large as the setting allows, so you can see as much of the field as possible. By doing this, you’ll almost always know the location of other players and the ball on the field and your location in relation to them. This makes it much easier to move and strategize than if you were zoomed in on the field and had a minimal view of your surroundings.
The distance setting goes hand-in-hand with the FOV setting. It controls how far your camera is from the back of your car. This setting is nearly as important as FOV because it also affects how much of the field you can see.
If you zoom in too much, you might have more accurate touches, but you won’t be able to see as much of the field, which will decrease your field awareness. Alternatively, if you zoom out too much, you’ll be able to see more of the field, especially with a high FOV, but your touch accuracy will suffer.
This is why most pros will set their distance at a nice in-between anywhere in the 260-290 range (270 is most common), so they can see what is happening around them but still have enough control over their car to be accurate.
The height setting controls how high your camera is positioned above your car and will affect your gameplay similarly to the distance setting. If your height is set too close to your car, you’ll have a higher touch accuracy but a decreased field awareness and vice versa for being too far off from your car. The optimal setting here is 110, but anything from 90-110 is reasonable amongst the pros.
As long as your FOV, distance, and height settings are within the ranges we’ve listed, your field awareness and accuracy will be infinitely better than if you’d stuck with the default settings.
The angle setting controls the default angle at which your camera points towards your car. This isn’t the most important or influential setting on the list, but it can help your accuracy and field awareness to not have the camera angled too far down or up. If you want to follow the pros’ example here, set your angle somewhere between -3.00 to -5.00.
The stiffness setting is one of the few in your camera settings that is really up to the player’s preference. It controls how rigidly your camera follows your car, so the lower your setting, the further the camera will trail away from or behind your car. While you have more room to choose based on your preference here, pros still recommend you stay within the 0.35-0.70 range. The most common choices within this range are 0.40 or 0.45.
This setting controls the speed at which your camera can swivel around your car when moved manually and is another setting that relies more on personal preference than anything else. The higher your setting, the quicker and more immediately your camera will move. Usually, you want to set this between 4-7, as anything below 4 might inhibit your reaction time, but above 7 is often too fast for player comfort.
The last camera setting is transition speed, which controls the speed of transitions between the ball and car camera modes. Preference-based settings we discussed previously still had a range that pros recommend, but that isn’t the case here. Pros will choose settings all along the scale for this one. Some prefer a lower setting for slower transitions, while others will max it out at 2 for immediate transitions. It all depends on what you like and can use effectively during a game.
Next to camera settings, control settings are the most important ones you’ll want to change in order to improve as a Rocket League player. Pros will tell you to focus on changing your control locations under the “view/change bindings” settings since the defaults are nearly effective enough and actually make the game harder for beginners. Apart from this, the control settings include:
· Steering sensitivity
· Aerial sensitivity
· Controller deadzone
· Dodge Deadzone
These settings rely heavily on player preference and your equipment of choice, particularly when it comes to deadzone settings, which we’ll explain more later on.
We highly recommend all players look at their control locations and alter them to match the pros, regardless of whether you played Rocket League for the first time today or you’ve been playing for years. You never want to stick to the default control settings because they won’t allow you to optimize your jump, boost, air roll, and powerslide controls which are essential to effective gameplay.
Therefore, the Rocket League controller settings we recommend that are used by a majority of pros are those listed below. These are for a PlayStation controller but can easily be adapted for other platforms.
· Powerslide: L1
· Air Roll: L1
· Jump: Cross
· Boost: Circle
· Ball Cam: Triangle
· Break: L2
· Throttle: R2
· Air Roll (Left): R1
· Air Roll (Right): Square
This setting controls stick sensitivity when steering and will be largely affected by your controller. For instance, if your car seems to automatically veer one way or another when you’re driving straight, you’ll want to alter your steering sensitivity to compensate for this. Typically, you won’t see pros set this out of the 1.0 to 1.5.
There are some that go above 1.5, but they are far and few between, and none go over 2.0. For the average player, 1.3-1.4 are often the most consistent and reliable sensitivities you can choose.
This setting controls stick sensitivity during aerials and, again, relies on preference and equipment. Most pros stay below 2.0 here as well, but some will venture upward to 2.5-3.5 or even 4. If you have a controller with a highly sensitive stick, you’ll want a lower aerial sensitivity setting. The best way to see which setting suits your equipment best is simply to test them out.
B Before we get into this setting, let’s discuss the term “deadzone” in gaming. A controller’s deadzone refers to an area where input isn’t registered. For example, how hard or far do you need to push your analog stick before your system registers the motion? A controller’s deadzone is an individualized case, so this and the next setting will be entirely preference-based. A .05 is a common setting, but you’ll want to test this before sticking with it.
This setting controls how far your stick must move from center to Dodge instead of Double Jump. Having this setting right is important, as it will mitigate accidental backflips during fast aerials that could ruin a play. Pros prefer the .70-.75 range, but as we said previously, you’ll want to test these to make sure they suit your controller.
Interface, Video, and Audio Settings
The last few settings tabs won’t affect your gameplay too much and get minimal attention from pro players.
The most notable change you’ll want to make is to set your “nameplate scale” to 130-150% under the “interface” tab. This will increase the size of players’ nameplates, so they are much easier to see on the field. Apart from that, other settings here are usually kept as their defaults.
In the “video” tab, pros will turn off all checkboxes (ex. bloom, light shafts, etc.) and put “effects intensity” to low, so there are fewer distracting effects on the screen while they’re playing, and leave the rest as default.
As far as audio settings are concerned, everything under this tab is preference-based and depends on the platform you’re playing on and the equipment you’re using.
Now that you know which Rocket League settings get the golden star of approval from the pros, it’s time to go to your profile and start making some changes.
Once you’ve adopted these controls, try to be patients and give them time before changing them again. Transitioning will be a process, especially if you’ve been playing a while with the default controls, so you’ll want to give these new ones a fair chance. And remember, while these controls can significantly impact your gameplay, they can’t replace skill that only comes from practice.