Any gaming mouse will probably do but there are some things to consider when buying a gaming mouse to play Star Citizen. Think about precision while aiming your ship and don’t forget about the FPS part, aka Star Marine. You’ll need a mouse with variable DPI settings which most of the gaming mice have. DPI allows you to set the resolution of the mouse and decrease or increase the sensitivity of your mouse. This helps you to speed up and slow down cursor movement.
Specific Star Citizen mouse requirements
Fast ships react instantly with minor mouse movement (315p, M50 etc) where sluggish ships like Caterpillar or Starfarer react slowly. If you have decent DPI settings setup you’ll be able to adjust quickly. Also note that aiming from a distance will be a lot easier when you have a setting to instantly drop the DPI to a minimum. A good example is the sniper button like the Logitech G502
Same goes for the FPS part, I personally love to snipe on low DPI settings as it provides me stability and accuracy needed to successfully make a headshot.
As for the amount of buttons, that’s probably a personal preference but macro’s might come in handy.
Small hands. big hands it makes all the difference
Why? Ergonomics! You’ll need a mouse that fits your hand perfectly to avoid strain and pain. So take a look at this table to make sure you pick the right gaming mouse to play Star Citizen.
Measure the palm of your hand, from the top of the middle finger to the first wrist crease. You should hold your hand in a flat position.
5.5 – 6.6 inch / 14 – 16.9 cm
17 – 19.5 cm / 6.7 – 7.6 inch
7.7 inch and above / 19.5cm
Mouse grip types
Think about your grip, what type of mouse user are you. There are differences, palm grip, claw grip, fingertip grip or maybe you switch grips based on the situation. Sometimes you need to be quick, and sometimes you just want to site back and use a grip you can hold for hours. I’m more of a palm grip type of user myself.
Palm Grip mice
This is the most common grip, palm grip users mainly use their forearm & wrist to move the mouse. This is more comfortable because your hand is resting on the mouse. I need comfort and when I change my grip my hands starts to hurt after a while. a palm grip mouse is often wider and longer. The back usually is usually steeper for extra support.
Claw Grip mice
Claw grip gamers have the advantage of precise and quick movements and tend to pick up the mouse and move it across the surface. You recognize this grip by the claw type of grip (duh), the hand is arched shaped with less supporting touch points for the hand like the palm grip. If this is you, you’ll need a shorter mouse without a large back arch.
Tip Grip mice
Less common is the tip grip, there is minimal contact between the hand and the mouse surface. Only the tip of the fingers control the mouse allowing extremely rapid movement. Less suitable when movement requires to be more delicate. If you are this type of user you’ll probably also pull the mouse along the surface because of the lack of contact with the back of your hand.
you’ll probably aim better with a smaller mouse relative to you hand size, it shouldn’t be too small are you’ll cramp your hand.
Features to consider
Most gamers prefer a lightweight mouse, at least under 100 grams.
Very important. the shape should have enough room for your fingers to place them wherever you want without too much hassle.
Used to be important but nowadays almost all gaming mice have excellent sensors.
Macro’s can help you increase efficiency and might give you a advantage over other players. This requires software to program the buttons. Some brands have great software and provide a great user experience where other are just plain crap.