This is the eleventh 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, there is a center “activation orb”. Shooting the activation orb will randomly spawn a moving 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. Following each presentation of the target orb, the center activation orb reappears, allowing you to shoot it and spawn a new target.

What are the different Motionshot 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, including the center activation orb.

  • 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 motor movements with moving targets, while the Speed mode is meant to increase your reflexes and reaction time on moving targets. Finally, Standard 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 Motionshot challenges is to increase your precision or reflexes across the screen with moving targets of varying speed and size while also correcting any spatial biases you may have. For example, maybe your accuracy is better when a target is moving towards one side of the screen, compared to another side. 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 and tracking 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!

Motionshot: Speed Mode in Graybox (alpha) environment with revolver. The target orb will speed up and despawn quicker as you continue to destroy targets faster and faster. This will help with not only your accuracy on moving targets but also your tracking and predicting movement.

Motionshot: Precision mode in Graybox environment with Akm Rifle. The size of the target orb 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. This will ensure you react faster and improve your flick shots on moving targets.

Motionshot: Loading screen in Graybox environment. With three different modes, you can train the way you want to and help fix or alleviate any spatial biases you may run into. Increase reaction time with precision mode, tracking with speed and the trade-off between both with Ultimate/Standard mode.


Motionshot: Results. After each time you perform a Motionshot challenge, you get instant results on your performance for your kills, shots fired, amount of targets that spawned and your kps (Kills per second).  The graphs on the left show both your accuracy and reaction time within each section of the screen. Your performance is also compared to your average performance on the task, and lets you view improvement across time.


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