VALORANT – Best Settings And Options Guide

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 that seems to be working extremely well so far, an engine optimized to run well even on low tier systems and of course the support of Riot games this new tactical FPS has drawn the attention of 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 completely free to play.

If you 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 one Vandal bullet. For that reason isn’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 269 at this point in time, meaning that the average pro has to move his mouse ~50 centimeters to do a 360 degree turn in the gameThis number can obviously change a bit over time, but 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, with a couple trying a lower setting to get that more precise feeling with scoped weapons. The average scoped sensitivity setting sits at 0.96 right now.

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 if you’re playing in a fully coordinated team, but for the vast majority of players that won’t be the case so we definitely recommend to leave those on. That way you can quickly tell what angle your teammate is covering by looking at the minimap.

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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. For what it’s worth: most pros do not have a dynamic crosshair because they’re so used to how the movement in the game works the added movement of the crosshair only acts as a distraction.

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!

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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.

Best Audio Settings for VALORANT

VALORANT doens’t let you tweak all too many sound options (yet?) so there isn’t a whole lot to say here. For minimal distractions we recommend turning off the ingame music (‘All Music Master Volume’) under the sounds tab, as well as ‘Agent Flavor’ under the Voice-Over tab. Music obviously doesn’t do anything for your competitive performance, and while the banter among agents (which is what the ‘Agent Flavor’ slider controls) doesn’t really happen in crucial moments according to what we’ve seen it is just something that’s there for flavor so if you’re aiming for maximum competitiveness we recommend turning that off just to be sure.

Another thing that’s worth taking a look at is ‘VOIP Ducks Music.’ This will mute ingame music and all of that when your teammates are speaking so if you almost exclusively communicate via the game (instead of something like Discord or TeamSpeak) and you don’t want to turn off the music and banter this could be an ideal solution. In a similar vein you’ll find the the ‘VOIP Ducks Flavor VO’ setting under the Voice-Over tab. This will lower the volume of the announcer when your teammates are speaking in the game but since the announcer can definitely give you crucial information (especially if you’re new to competitive shooters and find it a bit difficult to track everything) this isn’t a black or white setting according to us. It depends on what you prefer.

Aside from that we find that it’s best to experiment a bit with all of the settings. They’re pretty straightforward and honestly work quite well out of the box, but how it all sounds obviously depends on what kind of audio setup you’re running.

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Best Video Settings for VALORANT

The performance of a game can fluctuate between patches, even in games that have been out for years, but lately VALORANT seems to be pretty stable on this front. Riot have definitely delivered on the performance front: the game is pretty easy to run and getting high framerates doesn’t require you to have a beast of a PC.

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.

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. Of course you’ll also want a PC that can push those frames, and because VALORANT isn’t a very difficult game to run we can recommend something like the RTX 2060 Super.

Quick tip: some pros like to use different highlight colors for enemy players. Yellow – Deuteranopia seems to be the most common and it’s a highlight color we recommend trying out as well; it can really make the enemies stand out a lot more for some. If it doesn’t really help you then you can always switch back.

Update: in patch 1.10 a new graphical setting called Experimental Sharpening was added. A Riot employee confirmed that they put it in there by accident and that it’d be removed by the next patch but after a lot of requests to keep it in Riot has now left it in in ‘beta mode’. We suggest experimenting with this yourself to see if you like it. Once the setting is out of beta we’ll add it to our list below.

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