A reticle is found in all kinds of apps, but it’s a staple in games, especially FPS games. The reticle helps players aim and can also help reduce motion sickness by allowing users to focus on one spot on the screen.

Games usually offer a lot of customization options, but they don’t allow users to customize the reticle. You get what you get unless you’re committed enough to tweak the game and change the reticle. Some games may benefit from a reticle but do not. Either way, you can add a better crosshair to your game using an app.

Add a crosshair in the game

To add a crosshair to a set, do the following:

  1. Download and install a free app called Crossover.
  2. Run the app.
  3. Press the Ctrl + Alt + Shift + X keyboard shortcut to lock the reticle.
  4. Open the game you want to play.
  5. Panoramic and the the reticle in the middle of the screen will allow you to aim better.
  6. AT move the crosshair, return to the app.
  7. Press the Ctrl + Alt + Shift + X keyboard shortcut to unlock it.
  8. Click and drag the small grid icon to position the crosshair anywhere on the screen.
  9. Lock it again and get back to your game.

Customize the reticle

One of the reasons we recommend using Crossover is that it allows users to customize the crosshair added by the app.

  1. Perform crossover.
  2. Use the ‘“Size” slider to modify the size of the reticle.
  3. Click inside the color (yellow by default), and choose another color for the reticle.
  4. Click on ‘Choose reticle’, and you can choose a different look for the reticle. There are dozens of options to choose from.
  5. You can reset the app by pressing the Keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Alt + Shift + R.
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The reticle will be static on the screen. To use it, you will “spin” in the game by focusing various objects. It might not be what you are looking for, but the app is free and definitely worth a try.

On a personal note, I have found that the reticle helps reduce motion sickness to some extent.


A reticle is not the central goal in game design. All games that have one make sure it’s visible when you’re not actively playing a game, but once you start moving around, aiming, and trying to shoot something, the reticle may disappear in background. With Crossover, you have plenty of color options that make up for this shortcoming.

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