I’m lazy. This is PvE. I bought the auto targeting system, it says “targets any hostile ship within range on activation,” but it only targets enemies that target me first, and seems to do so slowly and without any indication that it’s taking place. So, it takes power, I have to turn it on, I’m not sure that it’s working all the time which makes me easy/anxious.
Then there’s General Settings -> Inflight -> Auto Target Back, which begins targeting (showing the timer) targets that target you immediately. It doesn’t cost power, I can see that it’s working, it does so immediately.
Basically I think the auto targeting system is really bad and probably just still here because it has been here forever. If it auto-targeted anything that was red in order of closest to me, that would be useful in PvE for lazy players like me (we are many). I know it’s not something a high slot is generally going to be spent on, but I’ve got high slots to spare atm, and if it makes my life easier I would have used it. As is, it’s not useful, and I can’t think of a situation where it would be =[
Also the wording “targets any hostile” should be “targets anything that targets you” or something else, because I anything that targets you is not necessarily hostile. That wording didn’t make any sense to me.