This is the tenth 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?

Microshot has a similar start to our Spidershot task but differs in size and spawn area. The targets will all spawn closer together. At the beginning of the challenge, there is a center “activation orb”. Shooting the activation orb will randomly spawn a target orb to shoot. The target orb will only stay on the screen for a short amount of time, and if you don’t shoot it in time, it disappears, taking some of your health with it. Targets will continue to respawn short distances from each other until time is up.

What are the different Microshot 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 targets shrink over time when they appear, 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 amount of time the target stays on the screen before it disappears adapts with your ongoing performance to train you right at your limit.

  • Standard mode: both target size and the amount of time the target stays on the screen adapt to be as difficult as possible.

What do you learn?

The purpose of the Precision mode is to increase the precision and accuracy of your short flick shots, while the Speed mode is meant to increase your reflexes and reaction time. Finally, Ultimate mode is meant to provide the ultimate challenge of combining elements of both precision and speed. Collectively, these tasks will also familiarize you with the trade-off between speed and accuracy.

Why would I do this?

The goal of the Microshot challenges is to increase your short range precision or reflexes within a smaller spawn area. This will help with firefights where your enemy strafes and jumps around within a close area. Not everyone moves long distances between exchanges and sometimes even the slightest movements can be hard to follow or accurately target. Microshot will also correct any spatial biases you may have.  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!

Microshot: Precision Mode in Graybox (alpha) environment. Target size greatly changes randomly in precision mode. Note how tiny the targets can appear, ensuring you’re trained for nearly pinpoint accuracy.

Microshot: Speed mode in Graybox environment with pistol. The amount of time the target orb is visible on the screen adjusts based on your individual performance. Rather than just getting completely easier or harder as you go, it instead finds your personal reflex limits as you play and pushes you to improve them. 

Microshot: Graybox environment with pistol. New targets will spawn immediately, keeping you on your toes and ensuring you are constantly improving your detection and reaction time. Note that ads and hip-fire are both available in microshot, also weapon effects can be turned off and Target shattering is automatically turned off due to the small targets and constrained spawn space.


Microshot: Results. After each time you perform a Microshot challenge, you get instant results on your performance for overall score, kills, how many shots fired and how many targets destroyed, and your KPS (Kills per second.) Your performance is also compared to your average performance on the task and lets you view improvement across time. The rings on the left show spatial statistics, showing how accurate you were with each spawn area within the task.


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