VALORANT – Best Settings And Options Guide


Riot’s first foray into the FPS market is an interesting one for sure. With VALORANT (formerly known as ‘Project A’) they’re gunning straight for the competitive shooter market, and they definitely know how to do that.

With 128-tick servers, the promise of a really good anti cheat, an engine optimized to run well even on low tier systems and of course the support of Riot games this newest tactical FPS has drawn the attention of tens tons of gamers. Whether or not this game will have the staying power that we all hope it will have will remain to be seen, but luckily there’s nothing preventing anyone from playing it since it’s going to be completely free to play.

If you’ve managed to snag a beta key and want to get right into it with the optimal combination of settings then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve been testing the settings in the game ourselves and have been hard at work checking out what the pro gamers have been using so you don’t have to.

This guide is very much a work in progress. It will receive frequent updates as we learn more about the game and its players and mechanics so make sure to check back frequently for updated information. All of our guides (including this one) are maintained and updated regularly.

Best Mouse Settings for VALORANT


VALORANT is a shooter with a low time to kill (TTK) which means that precision will be rewarded thoroughly; you can’t afford to miss half of your shots if you can get killed by an enemy player with just a few bullets. For that reason is’t important to choose a sensitivity setting that allows you to aim precisely (read: an eDPI that’s not too high) while also giving you the ability to quickly react to flanks or enemies who show up in unexpected positions.

That second one usually isn’t an issue for most gamers, but what we’ve noticed over the years is that most newer/casual PC FPS gamers tend to use a very high overall sensitivity setting. That’s not recommended for games where precision matters a lot since it doesn’t allow you to make the necessary micro adjustments in a reliable fashion.

Of course VALORANT is still in its infancy, but the average eDPI sits at 325 at this point in time. We’ll obviously update this number as more data comes out, but for now you can use that as a rough guideline to come up with your own sensitivity.

As far as your scoped sensitivity multiplier goes we’d recommend setting yours to ‘1’ as that means that your scoped sensitivity matches your ADS sensitivity which is better for consistency’s sake. Most pros opt for this setting as well, though a couple have been trying out other settings over the past couple of days with most people opting for a slightly lower scoped sensitivity. The average scoped sensitivity setting sits at 0.935 right now.

Little tip: if you’ve been practicing on CS:GO in preparation for VALORANT (or you’re coming from CS:GO) you can just divide your CS:GO sensitivity by 3.18181818 to get your VALORANT sens. If you’re coming from Overwatch you need to divide your sensitivity by 10.6.

Most used DPI
400
59%
800
22%
other
19%
Scoped sensitivity multiplier
1.00
68%
other
32%
Most used mouse polling rate
1000
75%
500
22%

Best Minimap Settings for VALORANT


What kind of minimap settings you go for largely depends on your personal preferences, but we would recommend you to not zoom in your map too much. A minimap is an often ignored piece of information in many games, and having an overview of the entire map and what’s going on in the round through the minimap can be game changing.

We like to set the minimap to ‘rotate’ since it makes it easier to know where things are happening relative to your position at a glance, and for the same reason we like to set ‘keep player centered’ to off. If you like a static minimap we would recommend to go for ‘based on side’ to make it easier to orientate yourself.

The size and zoom settings are up to you, though (again) we’d recommend to have these settings set so you can see the entirety of the map, or at least most of the general area where the action happens. You can click here or click on the image to the right to see our recommended ‘starting point’ for your map settings.

Vision cones aren’t all that useful, but they don’t block any useful information on the map either so feel free to leave these on.


Best Crosshair Settings for VALORANT


In VALORANT you’ve got plenty of options to create and tweak your own crosshair, so some players will naturally be wondering what ‘the perfect crosshair’ is. The short answer is that there is no perfect crosshair; it all depends.

For clarity we wouldn’t recommend to make it too thick or large; you don’t want the outlines of your crosshair to obscure your vision. The preset colors for your crosshair in VALORANT are all very contrasting colors to what you’d see in the game world so you should be fine picking any of the existing colors.

There’s also the option to turn on ‘movement error’ and ‘firing error’ options for each layer of your crosshair. This basically means that your crosshair will be dynamic, telling you when you’re not 100% accurate due to your character being on the move or being hit by enemy players. This can be handy for newer players and experienced players alike, though some players find any movement in their crosshairs to be distracting, so whether you like this on or off will also depend on personal preference.

As the game goes on we’ll naturally update our database on what types of crosshairs the pros are using, so do check back to see our up to date lists!


Best Resolution and Refresh Rate for VALORANT


This game is built from the ground up to be a competitive shooter, so you’ll want to take every advantage you can get. Getting yourself a high refresh rate monitor (and of course a PC that can output enough frames for you to fully enjoy the benefits of your monitor) gives you a leg up on opponents who do not have such gear, so if you’re serious about competitive shooter games we do recommend making the investment. You won’t want to go back to a regular 60 Hz monitor afterwards, trust us.

Because VALORANT is made to run smoothly even on low end hardware it’s perhaps no surprise that our analyzed professionals (who generally have very powerful rigs) choose to run this game at 1080×1920. Lowering the resolution to net yourself a few more frames here and there isn’t really necessary with this game, unless you’re really struggling for frames.

Most used monitor refresh rate
240 Hz
97%
Most used resolution
1920 x 1080
94%
other
6%
the average edpi of valorant pros is currently
0

Best video settings for VALORANT


Of course VALORANT isn’t even out yet, so the game is still being worked on as we speak. For that reason it’s a bit difficult to come up with a definitive settings guide since nothing really is final. What we’ve done here is go over the existing settings in the game and created what we believe is the best mixture of performance vs. visuals based on our knowledge of graphical settings and competitive games as well as our own ingame testing.

For now we’ve gone for ‘medium’ for most of these settings since these seem to offer the best balance between performance and visual clarity. Going with ‘low’ for everything can improve FPS a bit, but it can make things look a bit messy in the game and since there’s not a huge difference in framerate between medium and low for most of these quality settings we feel like this is the best compromise.

As with any competitive game it’s incredibly important to maximize your framerate to get the smoothest game possible. Having a higher framerate gives you plenty of advantages even if you’re not rocking a high refresh rate display but since only 2% of our analyzed pro gamers across all of our games are using a regular 60Hz monitor we do definitely recommend an upgraded panel if you’re serious about any competitive shooter game so the same goes for VALORANT.


Conclusion


VALORANT of course can’t even be called a ‘new’ game since it’s only in beta at the moment, but we do know that a lot of our readers are aching to play the game so we’ve gone ahead and made this rudimentary guide. As mentioned before this is definitely a work in progress, and over the coming weeks and months we’ll be adding more and more sections to this guide as well as updating existing parts as we learn more and more about the game ourselves so that you always have the most up to date information on this game as you’ve come to expect from us.

Thank you for reading, and have fun with the game!