Best Modern Warfare 2 controller settings (Season Two)

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March 20, 2023: Season Two Reloaded is now underway. We've checked our intel and these are the very best controller settings to use.

Modern Warfare 2 is out right now. Infinity Ward's latest release comes with another dose of fast-paced multiplayer action alongside a campaign continuing the story of the legendary Task Force 141 faction.


For those using a controller, there are numerous settings you can change ranging from stick sensitivity to deadzones to ensure your input on the screen matches your controller. Although the game isn't out, some members of the community are already searching for the best Modern Warfare 2 controller settings.

Before we share the intel, check out our guides showcasing the Modern Warfare 2 guns list and intel on the Modern Warfare 2 maps available to play in multiplayer.

What are the best Modern Warfare 2 controller settings?

Ultimately, the best Modern Warfare 2 controller settings come down to personal preference. After some fine-tuning, the settings below act as a perfect baseline.

Modern Warfare 2 advanced controller settings

Once you've mastered the basics, turning your attention to the advanced controller settings is the next step when it comes to fine-tuning your pad for action. Here are the settings we recommend:

  • ADS sensitivity transition timing: Instant
  • ADS sensitivity multiplier: 1.00
  • Stick layout preset: Default
  • Controller orientation: Uo
  • ADS stick swap: Off
  • L2 button deadzone: 0
  • R2 button deadzone: 0
  • Left stick min. input deadzone: 0
  • Right stick min. input deadzone: 0
  • Left stick max input deadzone: 100
  • Right stick max input deadzone: 100

If you find your aim drifting without any kind of input, adjust the minimum deadzone until the drifting stops.

Best Modern Warfare 2 aim assist settings

Once the best controller settings are ready to go, sorting aim assist settings is the next step. Aim assist is vital for those using a controller due to the inability to input the same movements as a mouse and keyboard. These are all of the aim assist settings available in multiplayer:

  • Default: Aiming will slow down near a target.
  • Precision: Stronger aim slowdown when close to a player. Recommended for accurate players.
  • Focusing: Strong slowdown that activates when missing a target. Ideal for Call of Duty newcomers.
  • Legacy (Black Ops): Alternate aiming slowdown near the target. If you've played more Black Ops Cold War than Vanguard and Modern Warfare, this will feel very familiar.

We recommend using Default or Legacy. The small amount of slowdown is enough to land shots onto the opposition during a match.

How to find the best Modern Warfare 2 controller settings

So you don't ruin your stats, we recommend jumping into a private match to tweak your controller settings in Modern Warfare 2. Select a small map and the Free For All mode with unlimited score and time limits and a handful of bots to familiarise yourself with the settings.

Once you feel ready to compete against other players, end the game and jump into the action!

That's all there is to know about the best Modern Warfare 2 controller settings. For more, check our hub for all the latest intel on what Season Two Reloaded has in store and the best assault rifle to make an impact in mid-range combat.