This is the ninth post in a series of ongoing posts where we highlight one of Aim Lab’s custom training challenges. The goal is to give you a better idea of how it works and why it can improve your performance.
How does it work?
At the beginning of the challenge, a green orb will spawn at the center of the screen. You cannot shoot this orb, as it’s just for tracking and want to keep your crosshair on the orb for as long as possible. The target orb will turn green when your crosshair is on it, and you will gain more points the longer you stay on target. Circletrack is different from other tracking modes because the target will actually circle around you, forcing you to practice tracking rotating targets.
What are the different Circletrack modes?
Like most Aim Lab training challenges, there are three different modes: Precision, Reflex, and Ultimate (see videos for each mode at the bottom of this post).
Precision mode: the target shrinks over time, the longer you have your crosshair on it, as well as adapt in size to your skill level to remain as difficult as possible and train you right at your limit.
Speed mode: the target will strafe and move faster and faster the longer your crosshair is on it, adapting with your ongoing performance to train you right at your limit.
Standard mode: both target size and the targets speed adapt to be as difficult as possible. The target will shrink, and move faster the longer you have your crosshair on it.
What do you learn?
The purpose of the Precision mode is to increase the precision and accuracy when following moving targets, while the Speed mode is meant to increase your abilities to track faster and more erratic targets. Finally, Standard mode is meant to provide the ultimate challenge of combining elements of both precision and speed. How little or distant a target is mixed with a constant increase in speed makes for the most difficult tracking practice available.
Why would I do this?
The goal of the Circletrack challenges is to increase your time properly aimed at a target. Enemies are constantly moving and even running away, being able to track their movements and still stay accurate is very important. This will also help correct any spatial biases you may have. Just as many basketball players shoot better from one side of the floor compared to the other, gamers have spatial biases too. These biases can be subtle and difficult to notice and therefore difficult to correct. Aim Lab alleviates this problem by collecting objective data on your shots to help you identify and correct your biases quicker. Check out the data visualizations and results screens at the bottom of the post for more details!
Circletrack: Speed Mode in Temple (alpha) environment. The target orb will increase in speed as you properly track it. This will make it more and more difficult to stay on target.
Circletrack: Precision mode in Graybox environment with revolver. The target will grow smaller and smaller the longer you stay on target, making it easier to slip up and fall off of the target. This will keep your tracking more precise and help increase tracking at longer distances.
Circletrack: Temple environment with assault rifle. Both Ads and hip-fire are available within this task. (As shown above.) You are able to customize the color of your targets and weapon effects. This makes sure you can have the exact training you want, whether the weapons fire similar to your favorite game or you don’t want to deal with any extra sfx distractions.
Circletrack: Results. After each time you perform a Circletrack challenge, you get instant results on your performance for both score and your on-target ratio, which tells you the percentage of time you spent accurately tracking the target. Your performance is also compared to your average performance on the task, and lets you view improvement across time.