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Undefeatable mouse smoothing
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Description

Basically, there is undefeatable mouse smoothing in the game's input system. I will try to describe it as simply as I can. In the simplest terms, that there is mouse smoothing particularly means, that your mouse input is not directly translated into your viewing direction changing. Rather it gets processed, so that it feels sluggish compared to games, that support raw input, which is basically every other game. More precise explanations of how mouse smoothing works will probably just deter the person reviewing this report from taking it seriously or even forward it to a software engineer, so I will not give one.

Recently, I did this post regarding the same problem and related worse problems in Arma Reforger. It has been ignored. Probably the person reviewing it did not understand what I was describing and/or thought that the problem lies on my end, since there are not many people complaining about it. That there are not many people complaining about it, is probably because those who do notice it are those who would not start playing the game in the first place because of it and never care to create a bug report or support those who already did. I am creating these bug reports, because I play (over 4000h) and love Arma 3, which does not have this problem. And there are people complaining about it. They are used to the game's input feeling raw and direct, so they typically try to disable the smoothing, don't get it to work on their own, google it, don't find a solution that way and then (rarely) create reports on the feedback tracker or reddit. Then they leave the game because of the horrible feeling. These are just some of the reports I came across:

On the feedback tracker:
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On reddit:
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Details

Severity
Major
Resolution
Open
Reproducibility
Always
Operating System
Windows 10 x64
Operating System Version
Windows 11 x64 21H2 Build 22000.795
Category
Controls
Steps To Reproduce

Move your mouse slow until you completed a 360° turn. Then move the mouse back to the original position fast. The camera did not rotate back to the direction it was originally facing. It rotated back less than 360°. That is one of and the most critical side effect of mouse smoothing.

Event Timeline

Geez changed the task status from New to Awaiting internal Testing.Jul 25 2022, 9:48 AM
Laberkopp added a comment.EditedJul 26 2022, 12:39 PM

The mouse smoothing also results in higher input lag. That is because the input has to get buffered. Some people will associate that feeling more with higher input lag or an amount of input lag that is disproportionally high for the framerate, so I searched for that and found serveral reports.

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