Want to know what the best controller settings are for Modern Warfare 3? In MW3, achieving optimal accuracy and smooth movement is crucial, especially with the introduction of Ranked Play. Therefore, you are undoubtedly under pressure to master your aim and movement. This guide offers a helping hand for controller players, outlining the best controller settings.

Customizing your controller settings is critical to enhancing your performance. Below are recommended controller settings for MW3, covering sensitivity, aim assist, inputs, and more, to help you excel in the game. With these tips, you can say goodbye to frustrating button layouts and hello to intuitively placed inputs that let you react like a seasoned veteran.

So, whether you're a seasoned operator or a fresh recruit, this guide has the tools to unlock your inner sharpshooter and dominate the Ranked Play battleground. Take aim, adjust your settings, and prepare for victory!

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  • Button Layout Preset: Tactical
  • L1 Button Ping: Up to you
  • Flip L1/R1 with L2/R2: Off
  • Stick Layout Preset: Default
  • Controller Vibration: On

In Modern Warfare 3, a novel Deadzone Input Test is introduced, enabling players to actively assess the dead zone of their sticks and precisely adjust them in real-time. By minimizing Deadzone settings, players can improve reaction time and refine their fine-aim control, leading to faster responses and increased accuracy.


  • Test Stick Deadzone: Off
  • Left Stick Min: 3
  • Left Stick Max: 99
  • Right Stick Min: 3
  • Right Stick Max: 99
  • Left Trigger: 13
  • Right Trigger: 13


  • Horizontal Stick Sensitivity: 6
  • Vertical Stick Sensitivity: 6.8
  • ADS Sensitivity Multiplier: 0.90
  • Sensitivity Multiplier:
    • Ground Vehicles: 1.00
    • Tablet: 1.00
  • Vertical Aim Axis:
    • On Foot: Standard
    • Ground Vehicles: Standard
  • Tac-Stance Sensitivity Multiplier: 0.90
  • Aim Response Curve Type: Dynamic
  • ADS Sensitivity Multiplier (Focus): 0.90
  • ADS Sensitivity Transition Timing: Instant
  • Custom Sensitivity Per Zoom: Off


  • Target Aim Assist: On
  • Aim Assist Type: Default
  • Third-person Ads Correction Type: Assist



  • Automatic Sprint: Automatic Tactical Sprint
  • Auto Move Forward: Off
  • Sprint/Tactical Sprint Behavior: Off
  • Tactical Sprint Behavior:  Single Tap Run
  • Grounded Mantle: Off
  • Automatic Airborne Mantle: Partial
  • Automatic Ground Mantle/Hang: Off
  • Slide/Dive Behavior: Slide Only
  • Plunging Underwater: Free
  • Parachute Auto-Deploy: Off
  • Sprinting Door Bash: On
  • Ledge Climb Behavior: Mantle Only
  • Slide Cancel Sprint: On

You can unleash some serious movement tricks with your paddles for instant dive mastery using your SCUF Envision controller if you’re playing MW3 on PC. Here’s how.

There are 4 paddles on the Envision, 2 exterior and 2 interior. For precise control, map the instant dive action to the right interior paddle closest to your right stick. This keeps your thumbs on the sticks for seamless maneuvers. On the other hand, you can assign other actions like jumping or reloading to the right exterior paddle based on your playstyle.

Since diving isn't a default action anymore, head to your keyboard settings and remap the dive key to an easily reachable bracket key. With both the keyboard and SCUF Envision connected, go to your game's settings and navigate to “Input Device” > “Keyboard Keybinds” > “Movement Keybinds”. Finally, assign the chosen paddle (right interior in our example) to the newly mapped “Dive” key.

This way, you have instant dive at your fingertips. Practice using the paddle placement and timing to master agility and outmaneuver your opponents.

If you have a SCUF Reflex for PS5 or SCUF Instinct for Xbox, mapping to keyboard functions is not an option. However, you can consider utilizing the right interior paddle for the default “swap weapon” action (triangle on PS5, Y button on Xbox) for quick weapon switches in the heat of battle.

Remember, adapt these suggestions to your preferred paddle configuration and unlock the tactical advantage your SCUF controller offers in Call of Duty.


  • Aim Down Sight Behavior: Hold
  • Change Zoom Activation: Off
  • Equipment Behavior: Hold
  • Weapon Mount Activation: ADS + Melee
  • Weapon Mount Exit Delay: Medium
  • Tactical Stance Activation: ADS + Melee
  • Tactical Stance Behavior: On Toggle
  • Interact/Reload Behavior: Tap to Reload
  • Armor Plate Behavior: Apply All
  • ADS Stick Swap: Off
  • Depleted Ammo Weapon Switch: On
  • Quick C4 Detonation: Grouped
  • Manual Fire Behavior: Press


  • Vehicle Camera Recenter: Short Delay
  • Camera Initial Position: Free Look
  • Lean-Out Activation: Melee


  • Ping Wheel Delay: Moderate
  • Double Tap Danger Ping Delay: Moderate
  • Killstreak Wheel Behavior: Hold


To optimize your aim assist in Modern Warfare 3, you can take another step by selecting the most suitable Aim Assist type. Each type serves a specific purpose:

  • Default: This option offers the classic aim slowdown near targets, familiar to veterans of the Modern Warfare series. It strikes a comfortable balance between smooth aiming and assisted target acquisition, making it the recommended choice for most players. So, if you're used to the traditional Modern Warfare aiming experience, it’s best to stick with Default.
  • Precision: Robust aim slowdown that activates only when aiming closer to the target, recommended for precise players.
  • Focusing: Strong aim slowdown is triggered when narrowly missing the target, which is ideal for those new to analog aiming.
  • Black Ops: Traditional aim slowdown near the target, aligning with Black Ops games.

The Focusing type is well-suited for newcomers to shooter games, but it's recommended to transition away from it as confidence and experience grow, as it may feel overly powerful.


Modern Warfare 3 wants you to be a sharpshooter, and the “Aim Response Curve” is your secret weapon. It defines how your thumbstick movements translate to aiming speed, and choosing the right one can be the difference between landing epic headshots and spraying bullets into thin air. You are given three options:

  • Standard: This is your reliable friend, familiar and comfortable. It's like a steady climb - the faster you move the stick, the quicker your aim jumps. Easy peasy.
  • Linear: Your thumbstick's speed is your aiming speed. This can be twitchy at first, but it offers pinpoint precision for skilled players.
  • Dynamic: This mysterious S-shaped curve starts slow for smooth adjustments, then ramps up for lightning-fast turns. It's like having two aiming speeds in one, perfect for long-range sniping and close-quarters brawls. Master this beast, and you'll be unstoppable.

Pro Tip: Most players swear by Standard or Dynamic. Linear is an acquired taste, so stick to the other two unless you're a controller ninja.



Think of your FOV as your in-game window to the world. A wider FOV lets you see more of your surroundings but can make enemies appear smaller and harder to track. A narrower FOV zooms you in on the action but might leave you vulnerable to surprise attacks from the side.

For most Modern Warfare 3 players, the ideal FOV range is between 100 and 115. This golden zone gives you:

  • A broad view: You can scan for enemies across the map and avoid getting flanked. Think of it like having a wider radar!
  • Clear targets: Enemies will still be reasonably sized and easy to track, making those headshots a little less, well, head-scratching.

While your FOV might not seem crucial, it subtly affects both controller and mouse/keyboard performance. It impacts aiming precision and situational awareness. So, explore this range and find your focus zone.

SCUF Envision PC Controller


Level up your Modern Warfare 3 game with the SCUF Envision PC controller! It's built with features that take your skills to the next level, especially in fast-paced moments.

The key weapon? Paddles. The most noticeable feature of SCUF controllers is the addition of movable paddles at the back. Because these paddles are programmable, users can link them to any controller button. These back-mounted buttons let you jump, reload, or switch weapons while still aiming and shooting. They give players a significant edge in fast-paced, dynamic scenarios by enabling them to aim and shoot while concurrently carrying out other vital tasks. You don’t have to take your thumbs off the sticks to switch guns – stay locked on and unleash fury!

Mechanical switches. Designed to help you play more quickly, all of the Envision buttons have mechanical switches for that clicky, satisfying sound.

Adjustable trigger reflexes. Adjust the trigger sensitivity for lightning-fast shots and actions to match your fingertip speed. These controllers can finely adjust the trigger buttons' travel distance and activation point, making them incredibly responsive to your touch. Instead of requiring a full press to fire, a slight squeeze is enough to unleash gunfire. This results in rapid response times, particularly advantageous in games like Modern Warfare 3, where users gain a significant advantage over opponents using standard controllers with less responsive triggers.

Using a standard controller might feel sluggish due to the slow and unresponsiveness of the trigger. On the other hand, all it takes to activate your weapon with the SCUF Envision is a gentle touch on the trigger, and your weapon is already firing.

The goal is to eliminate precious milliseconds in critical moments. Each movement of your trigger finger translates into immediate action, allowing for quicker reactions, firing first, and asserting dominance over the competition.

Better Grip. The controller’s grips are covered in high-grip materials and are occasionally seen on the paddles and triggers as well. This improves the gamer's grip, reducing the possibility that the controller will come loose during long gaming sessions.

These high-grip materials keep your hands in control, even when things get sweaty. So, no more controller slip-ups!

G-Keys. Set up macros, navigate in-game menus, or even order a pizza. G-Keys are blank keys that can be programmed for any set of inputs you can think of creating. The possibilities are endless.

Customize your way to victory. Several customization options are available with SCUF controllers, including changing the thumbstick's shape and height. Whether it's for better control, more accurate aim, or just general comfort, you can choose the setup that best suits your preferred style of play. These different thumbstick options let you tweak for precision, comfort, or whatever suits your style.

Remember, a pro controller is just one piece of the puzzle. Practice and skill still reign supreme. But with the SCUF Envision by your side, you'll have the tools to push your limits and dominate the Modern Warfare 3 battlefield.

Check out our PS5 controllers, Xbox controllers, and PS4 controllers if you’re on console and serious about changing your game.