The main use is for FPS games, though if you find another use, then let me know because I’ve been trying to come up with one. Ideally, the small red light gives you an idea of center, even though the reticle may change looks from game to game, and various visual addendum can be distracting in the overall scheme. How it works is that the red light is on a transparent suction cup that you can place in the center of your screen with a thin, nearly unnoticeable wire leading back to the USB plug-in that the device uses for power.
My suggestions would be to use this with a large screen. 32” at the smallest. With the 21” on which I did most of my testing, the light was too big. I found that it was blocking enemies that I was attempting to shoot and making aiming in general difficult. Fortunately, on a larger screen the dot just blends in, and looks like a laser sight that’s permanently overlaying the screen.
Speaking of laser sights, I use one in most of the games I play, so it felt like it was unnecessary until I started trying it out with sniper rifles. Some people see quickscoping as the bane of FPS games, and in a lot of ways I agree. However, if you are a religious quickscoper and don’t like that you don’t get a convenient, center-of-the-screen reticle, then look no further. My accuracy almost immediately improved with the use of the HipShotDot, and it was very easy to pick off players, even far away ones, without going fully into scope!
Honestly, I personally wasn’t able to make a whole lot of use even after working with multiple games, but if you are a Call of Duty fan, then this is the device for you. Due to Call of Duty’s movement toward center—even in hip shooting—this is a great device and makes enemy tracking easier.
The VerdictThe overall construction is great. It was smaller and more visible than I thought it would be (which are very positive traits). The light is bright (which can make playing in the dark more difficult due to the fact that your eyes need to adjust to the darkness), the wire is very thin, but not flimsy or easily breakable, and the USB stick is solid. It also has a pretty sweet light that glows HSD (HipShotDot) when plugged in.
My frustration was that the only time it felt really useful was when playing a modern Call of Duty game on a big screen with a map that wasn’t too dark. I imagine that there is a large market that plays games this way and could even compete with it and improve performance, but for the overall market, it’s a very small sliver that will love this device and find great use for it. Overall, average gamers I would give this 6/10, but for specific gamers (COD) this product is a 8/10.
That said, if you are the Call of Duty competitive player, buy this. You won’t regret it. How about you, do you think this type of accessory is consider cheating? What peripherals do you use? Tell us in the comments below or hit us up on Twitter @APGNation.