Although there are ways to tweak the targeting cursor and other visual cues in many First Person Shooter (FPS) games – and even monitors that offer a variety of crosshair overlays as options in their menus – Gaimglass has taken a decidedly physical approach to the problem. Using a CNC-cut clear acrylic aim plate that goes on your monitor and an LED-powered 1.0mm aimpoint, Gaimglass promises increased accuracy for just about any game that uses an always centered crosshair. But does it really work?
Gaimglass claims compatibility with up to 27 inch 16:9 monitors, 34 inch 21:9 monitors, and 49″ 32:9 monitors. I’m testing it on an LG 34 inch 21:9 monitor.
Setup is simple following the instructions at https://gaimglass.com/start. Slide the metal holder up the aim plate until you reach the top, set it on top of the monitor, add the thumb screw, plug in the included microUSB power cable, turn on the power switch, calibrate by lining up the target, and then tighten the thumb screw to keep it in place.
An annoyance of course is that since you have to place the Gaimglass from the top center of the monitor, those of us with a webcam (or something else) there have to move it. On my primary desktop, my webcam is secured in place, so I can’t easily move it, which is why I had to test on one of my secondary systems. The USB power cable is also an annoyance, particularly since this is the type of device that could easily be battery powered.
I fired up the game I’ve put the most hours into all-time, and that’s Fortnite. The crazy thing is is that bright green dot really does help you focus exactly dead center and certainly has the potential to up your hit (and kill) counts. While it’s not something I could see using long-term because it is a bit obtrusive (although outside of the dot it does eventually blend in when playing), as well as a bit annoying to take on and off the monitor when not FPS gaming, it does accomplish what it states.
While not a perfect or even particularly elegant solution, the Gaimglass works and could definitely make a good accessory for an FPS enthusiast. Goodness knows gamers have wasted money on far less useful things.