How to adjust your Rocket League camera settings for success

How to adjust your Rocket League camera settings for success

December 2 2021

The lights shimmer, reflecting off the metal hood… The camera descends as the ball explodes in the back of the net… No, we are not talking about cinematic movie scenes; we are talking about Rocket League camera settings! 

Although it may not be as glamorous as developing your mechanics, finding the right camera settings establishes an important foundation for your muscle memory. Your settings shape your perspective of the match. You can adjust this to focus on ball control or a more distant, field-of-view-based approach.  

Many of the settings are flexible within a few notches. Personal preference can play a large part in several settings. One important note, however, is not to tweak the settings too often. Pro players do this often, but others do not change them for long periods of time. Once you find the right settings, keep them the same for a while so you can develop your muscle memory and make only minor adjustments. 

Rocket League Camera Settings

Adjusting Camera Shake and Field of View can make a big difference to your gameplay. Image source: Psyonix

The first camera setting to change is Camera Shake. This is what causes flinch on your screen when you hit the ball or the ground. Most pro players have this turned off. It can be distracting for your screen to keep rumbling around whenever something happens. Disabling Camera Shake will allow you to keep your perspective the same throughout your in-game actions.

The next setting is Field of View, one of the most important settings to adjust. Max this one out at 110 degrees. Setting yourself up with a wide field of view is important because it allows you to see your entire car. At its maximum, it does not impede your close ball control much, so it is generally best to keep it at 110.

Distance functions very similarly to Field of View. While Field of View will zoom in on your car, Distance hovers above it. The higher the setting, the farther it will be from the front of your car. The ideal range for this is 260 to 280, with most players settling at the happy medium of 270. If the setting is too close, it can limit your field of vision and make dribbling difficult. Likewise, too big a distance will make your car too far away to feel in control and engaged with the play consistently.

If Distance covers front to back, then Height covers top to bottom. The ideal setting here is 110. This number is perfect for letting you get close to your car, fostering much better ball control without sacrificing too much field of view. If you have your height set much greater than 110, you might find yourself pleasantly surprised with how much more in control you feel when manipulating the ball in tight spaces.

The next setting to adjust is Angle. This is another setting that mainly affects your field of vision. This setting runs from -15 to 0. The farther into the negatives you go, the more the camera will tilt to focus just on your car. If it is closer to 0, then you have a view more parallel to the ground. Most pro players run between -5 and -3, but it is incredibly varied between those numbers. Some run -5, some run -4; it’s just a matter of preference and time spent developing your mental view of the field.

Stiffness provides an interesting story. Essentially, this controls how much your camera will be affected by boost. The faster you get, the farther your camera will move from your car. A setting of .40, and sometimes .45, seems to be the most common. The closer to 1.00, the less your camera will move. That is where my anecdote comes in. It has been years, so I have no idea where I got the setting from but bear with me. I keep my Stiffness at 1.00, the highest it can go. Making sure the camera never moves relative to my speed allows me to keep my perspective on the play the same at all times. Should you listen to me over the pros? Well, probably not, but it is an option!

The next two settings deal with your camera’s movement speed when trying to get information on-field. The first, Swivel Speed, is when you manually pan the camera. This is mostly personal preference, depending on how fast you process the information when the camera is rapidly swinging around. Most pro players have a Swivel Speed of 4.70, but it ranges as high as 10. The lower swivel speed helps avoid disorientation from the quick movement and the need to process lots of information between those rapid shifts.

Transition Speed is the second camera setting that is simply personal preference. This setting handles how fast the camera moves when switching between Car Cam and Ball Cam. This is an important skill that allows you to focus on the play while rotating around the field, picking up boost, or finding the proper position. If you need to switch to Car Cam to find boost but tap back into Ball Cam to keep an eye on the play, that is where Transition Speed matters. Most pro players use 1.20 as their speed here, but it can go as low as 1.00 or high as 1.50. Again, this setting is mostly personal preference. 1.20 is a decent number, allowing the camera to move fast enough that you can get the information you need without being disorienting.

Some less-remembered settings are under the Interface tab. The Interface Scale setting should be at 100%. The most important effect of this setting is the size of your Boost Meter in the corner of the screen. This will never be in the way of your field of view, but the large size does mean it is much easier to keep track of your boost.

Rocket League Interface Settings

Don't overlook the Interface tab when adjusting your settings. Image source: Psyonix

Nameplate Scale offers another essential visual element. 120% is a solid number for making sure you can tell where players are on the field without impeding your vision. If the number is much lower—especially if it’s below 100%—it can become challenging to keep track of your opponents. Depth perception is such a key component of Rocket League that this setting helps provide crucial information on teammates and opponents.

Finally, the graphics settings. Under the Video tab, the Advanced Settings has a long list of categories. From Texture Detail to Bloom to Weather Effects, nearly all of these are turned to the lowest setting. This helps ensure a high frame rate and reduces distractions. Settings like Light Shafts and Lens Flares are examples of cinematic effects that are detrimental to your in-game view of the match. Texture Detail, Particle Detail, and Effect Intensity should all be on their lowest setting to help increase framerate and reduce visual clutter. The only effect that should be check-marked is Transparent Goalposts. This makes sure that you can still see the play when you find yourself in awkward positions on your backboard or in your net.

While much of this is personal preference, there are general ranges that players have found success with. Mess around with a few and find out what fits your style. A good rule of thumb for adjusting your settings is to keep this in mind: does it help my car or ball control? If it does, then it is a good setting. That is why fine-tuning settings like your Distance and Height are so important. If you find the settings that make you feel most in control of your car, you will find yourself able to improve much faster with your mechanics and game-sense.

Professional players also make their settings readily available to the public. Liquipedia lists every player’s camera settings on their player profile pages. Since even pros vary in their specific numbers, you can use these profiles to find the ranges they use and select the ones you like most. Again, time and practice on your settings are more important than the raw numbers! Another great resource is pro players’ personal YouTube channels. There are examples from players like Mariano “SquishyMuffinz” Arruda, Garrett “GarrettG” Gordon, and Tshaka “Arsenal” Lateef Taylor Jr. Many of the pros adjust their settings regularly, but they usually release a new video every year or so regarding their most recent tweaks.

Remember that changing your camera settings is not a magic button. It will take time to adjust to them mentally, so make sure to spend a few days playing on them before moving them around again. Free Play and Training Packs are great ways to practice with your new settings before joining Ranked games. Of course, warming up your usual mechanics on your new settings is important, but also remember to practice your Swivel Speed when looking for boost. In the comfort of Free Play, you can work on camera control tricks like this that can add an extra skill to your repertoire at little cost. 

We wish you luck on your climb with your new camera settings! Join us on Discord and let us know how it goes. 

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