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NICKMERCS reveals his best Apex Legends settings and sensitivity

Struggling to find the right settings in Apex Legends? Streamer NICKMERCS recently revealed his Apex Legends settings that help him dominate.



NICKMERCS Apex Legends Settings

In a game like Apex Legends, sometimes the difference between life and death can be as small as having your settings and sensitivity adjusted slightly wrong, and streamer NICKMERCS has shared his setup with the hope of giving players an extra edge.

When you’re trying to compete with the very best in Apex Legends, the importance of having the right settings can’t be overstated. As you climb further to the top, the margin for error only gets smaller, and players will do anything they can to give themselves an advantage.

NICKMERCS recently declared that was enjoying Apex Legends more than Warzone and that he would be taking a break from the Call of Duty battle royale. He’s taken his new game quickly, and he’s made a video showing off how he adjusts his settings for maximum effectiveness.

NICKMERCS Apex Legends Settings

NICKMERCS Apex Legends settings

In a recent video, NICKMERCS notes that settings ultimately come down to personal preference.

However, he feels that there are certain things that should become staples for players looking to compete with the Apex elite.

You can find NICKMERCS Apex Legends settings below:

  • Interact Prompts Style – Compact
  • Button Hints – On
  • Crosshair Damage Feedback – X w/Shield Icon
  • Damage Numbers – Stacking
  • Ping Opacity – Faded
  • Obituaries – On
  • Minimap Roataion – On
  • Weapon Auto-Cycle on Empty – On
  • Auto-Sprint – On
  • Double-Tap Sprint – Off
  • Jetpack Control – Toggle
  • Incoming Damage Feedback – 3D
  • Taking Damage Closes Deathbox or Crafting Menu – Off
  • Hop-Up Pop-UP – On
  • Streamer Mode – Killer Only
  • Anonymous Mode – Enabled
  • Usage Sharing – Disabled
  • Performance Display – On
  • Club Invites – Disabled
Nickmercs Apex Legends Settings

NICKMERCS accessibility settings

  • Colour Blind Mode – Off
  • Subtitles – Off
  • Enable Access Chat Features – Off
  • Convert Incoming Voice to Chat Text – Off
  • Play Incoming Text Chat as Speech – Off

NICKMERCS controller settings

  • Stick Layout – Default
  • Interact/Reload Button – Tap to Use and Reload
  • Crouch Button – Toggle
  • Aim Button – Hold
  • Survival Slot Button – On
  • Trigger Deadzones – Moderate
  • Look Sensitivity – High (4)
  • Look Sensitivity ADS – Default (3)
  • Response Curve – Classic
  • Look Deadzone – Small
  • Movement Deadzone – Small
  • Inverted Look – Off
  • Vibration – Off
  • Custom Look Controlls – Off

NICKMERCS Apex Legends video settings

  • Display Mode – Full Screen
  • Aspect Ratio – 16:9 (Native)
  • Resolution – 1920 x 1080 (Native)
  • Field of View – 110
  • FOV Ability Scaling – Enabled
  • Sprint View Shake – Minimal
  • V-Sync – Disabled
  • NVidia Reflex – Enabled + Boost
  • Adaptive Resolution FPS Target – 0
  • Anti-aliasing – None
  • Texture Streaming Budget – Medium (3GB VRAM)
  • Texture Filtering – Bilinear
  • Ambient Occlusion Quality – Disabled
  • Sun Shadow Coverage – Low
  • Sun Shadow Detail – Low
  • Volumetric Lighting – Disabled
  • Dynamic Spot Shadows – Disabled
  • Model Detail – Low
  • Effects Detail – Low
  • Impact Marks – Disabled
  • Ragdolls – Low

NICKMERCS Apex Legends audio settings

  • Master Volume – 68%
  • Voice Chat Record Mode – Open Mic
  • Open Mic Record Threshold – 0
  • Incoming Voice Chat Volume – 82%
  • Sound Effects Volume – 100%
  • Dialogue Volume – 100%
  • Music Volume – 28%
  • Lobby Music Volume 45%
  • Sound in Background – Off
  • Play Incoming Text as Speech – Off
  • Convert Incoming Voice to Text Chat – Off

Stick with Charlie INTEL for all the latest Apex Legends updates.

In the meantime, check our coverage of the Halo Infinite Battle Pass feature fans want in Apex Legends, and our guide on how to level up quickly in Season 10.

Image credits: Respawn / NICKMERCS

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Apex Legends dev teases Season 12 map changes

Apex Legends players are speculating after one of the Respawn Entertainment devs hints at map changes coming for Season 12.



A Respawn Entertainment employee has given players a slight hint towards what to expect in Season 12.

With Season 12 of Apex Legends just a few weeks out, players are excited to find out what’s in store.

As well as Mad Maggie possibly being the next Legend and Crypto finally getting his Heirloom in the Season 12 Collection Event, one of the devs has hinted at further changes coming in Season 12, which has the community speculating.

apex legends olympus

Respawn Entertainment’s World Director Eduardo Agostini put out a tweet on January 17 hinting at map changes. The tweet mentions Season 12 being “a few weeks away” from release, as well as giving the fans something to ponder when it comes to map changes.

Whenever a new season of Apex Legends is released, players are given new content. Most of the time, this entails map updates to give familiar areas a refresh, keeping the game entertaining.

It seems Season 12 will be doing the same, as the tweet mentions a brand new “skybox.”

As Season 11 saw only two maps in rotation, Storm Point and World’s Edge, players are expecting to see either King’s Canyon and Olympus to return, or perhaps even both.

This hint at a “masterpiece of a new skybox” for one of Apex Legends’ maps has got the community questioning which map will see changes. The fact that the dev has given something away as small as this suggests there is something much bigger in store for players when it comes to map updates.

Further, a new “masterpiece” skybox suggests that something drastic has happened on the map, as it doesn’t sound as if it is a simple lighting change.

Players are speculating that it could be Olympus, which hasn’t seen map changes since Season 9. Olympus was also last seen with ships entering its skybox, and the infestation of an alien plant being brought on the map through the POI Icarus.

apex legends icarus POI

Having said that, players in the comments of the Reddit post are uncertain about which map could be getting an update:

“I’ve literally read posts from people on different sources telling me that leaks/datamining all confirm that KC, Olympus, and Storm Point are the map being updated next season lol. I don’t think there’s ever been this level of uncertainty about what the update is.”

We’ll have to wait and see exactly what Respawn has in store for players in Season 12 of Apex Legends when official news is out. Stay tuned to charlieINTEL as we’ll be covering it all.

Image Credits: Respawn Entertainment

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When will Apex Legends next-gen PS5 & Xbox Series X/S versions release?

Apex Legends has been out for a while, and players are yet to see a next-gen PS5 and Xbox Series X version of the game, so far how off is it?



octane next to ps5 and xbox series x

Apex Legends continues to do extremely well and is constantly growing, yet the absence of a complete version for next-generation consoles is a mystery. So when will we be seeing an upgraded version of the free-to-play battle royale on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S?

With the launch of Apex Legends Season 11, Respawn’s incredible battle royale FPS continues to be a trendsetter within the industry. For nearly 3 years players have battled each other using a variety of weird and wonderful characters – with the most recent one being Season 11’s Ash.

But despite its ever-growing success and popularity, and the fact it’s been on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S for a year now, fans of the game still have to contend with a backward-compatible version of the game.

So when exactly can we look forward to a fully upgraded version of Apex Legends for the newest generation of consoles?

When can we expect the next-gen version of Apex Legends?

Apex Legends all platforms

As of January 14, 2022, there has still been no official word from Respawn Entertainment regarding its update. However, a new leak has sprung hope for fans and players as it could actually be released very soon.

Renowned leaker Shrugtal has discovered files from a recent Apex Legends update that has hinted at the possibility of an imminent update.

The fact that the files now exist in the game is a very promising sign that the devs have got the build for the newer consoles ready.

With Ray Tracing, Adaptive Triggers, 3D Audio, 120 FPS, and a variety of other features possible thanks to PS5 and Xbox, Apex Legends players might finally be able to benefit from the power of new hardware.

How big are the next-gen versions of Apex Legends?

ps5 controller

In the latest leaks for Apex Legends’ next-gen versions, according to PlayStation Game Size, the PS5 version of Apex Legends will be “+80 GB (Without Update).” If this information is true, perhaps the next-gen versions will be out sooner than we think, perhaps even when Season 12 is released.

This is very reasonable considering all the improvements the upgrade is promising. Also, this is just the PS5, but considering the PS4 and Xbox One versions of Apex Legends are both nearing the 60-70 GB mark, we expect the next-gen versions to also be fairly close.

What features does Apex Legends have now on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S?

apex legends characters posing

Currently, players with a next-gen console can enjoy the last-gen versions of the game, with minor frame rate increase/stability in 1440p. Players with next-gen consoles can of course also experience the same crossplay capabilities as the previous generation, allowing them to play with all platforms.

However, without a truly optimized version of Apex Legends, we are yet to see the real graphical and performance potentially Apex Legends can provide on next-gen consoles.

120 FPS / 120 Hz

The PS5 and Xbox Series X both have hardware capable of 4K gaming at 120Hz video output. This ultimately allows next-gen consoles to start competing with PC gaming which, depending on the hardware, can run Apex Legends at an even higher frame rate of over 144Hz at 4K resolution.

storm point map in apex legends

PS5 DualSense, Haptic Feedback & 3D Audio

Perhaps some of these enhancements we will be seeing could include optimizing Apex Legends for the PS5’s DualSense, which takes advantage of the haptic feedback the next-gen console introduced.

Further, maybe Apex Legends will optimize its audio for PlayStation’s 3D audio function, which would greatly increase the dimension and quality of sound in the game. However these enhancements for next-gen consoles will come, there’s no doubt they will receive a warm welcome from the community.

Load times

apex characters dropping into apex map

A pretty straightforward aspect of next-gen, but an important one nonetheless, is the fact that modern hardware can almost eliminate loading times.

A huge selling point of the PS5 and Xbox Series X is their ability to process information, backgrounds, and everything else required in seconds. Apex Legends matches will be able to move along seamlessly and also allow players to jump into matches almost immediately too.

For those looking for even more improvements, hopefully, Respawn will officially announce something soon for release in 2022. For more news and guides on Apex Legends, check out our complete ranking of every Apex Legend.

Image Credits: Respawn Entertainment

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Rampage nerfed upon return in Apex Legends Season 11

Apex Legends has a new update in Season 11, which sees the return of the Rampage, but with a different feel.



apex legends rampage charged

Respawn pushed a small update for Apex Legends on January 13, which sees the return of a nerfed Rampage.

Respawn Entertainment has finally fixed the Rampage and Sentinel and put them back in the Apex Legends loot pool with the latest January 13 update.

While many will be happy to see them back, the community may notice a difference in the Rampage, and that’s because it has been nerfed.

rampage apex legends

The Rampage has been causing a lot of controversy and frustration among the community during Season 11. Not only was the weapon extremely powerful and one of the best weapons to use in the game, but there was also an exploit that allowed it to stay charged up infinitely, making it overpowered.

It was removed in response to the exploit, but now it has finally returned and players may find it feels different. This is because the devs have decided to nerf the weapon, perhaps realizing just how strong it was during its time out.

Rampage nerf Apex Legends

Apex Legends player charging the Rampage

The developers have decided to nerf the Rampage’s damage and thermite consumption per shot. This means that the weapon will not last as long as it previously did while charged up, as well as doing less damage:

  • Damage per bullet down from 28 – 26.
  • Thermite consumption per shot increased.

Although a lot of players enjoyed using the weapon, there’s no doubt that a portion of the community also felt the weapon was slightly too strong, so perhaps the community will welcome the change.

That’s all for the return of the Rampage in Apex Legends and subsequent nerf to the weapon. For more, check out the new Season 12 Hop-Up leak.

Image Credits: Respawn Entertainment

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