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How to enable PC performance stats in Valorant: FPS, packet loss, more

Published: 28/Jun/2020 16:47

by Andrew Amos

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Being able to pinpoint your PC performance stats in Valorant can help you solve any problems you might be experiencing with the game. They are disabled by default, but super easy to turn on.

Whether you’ve got a top-of-the-line tower, or a toaster laptop from the mid-2000s, it should be pretty capable of running Valorant. The game is incredibly well optimized to reach players from all over the world.

If things are going awry, however, it’s nice to know what exactly the issue is. Valorant has a way of tracking your PC stats in-game, so you can pinpoint whether the problem is with your hardware, your connection, or if it’s on Riot’s end.

What do the Valorant’s PC performance stats mean?

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The Valorant PC stats will show up at the top of your screen in-game. They’re small, so you shouldn’t really notice them while playing.

If you aren’t au fait with computers, looking at the PC performance statistics for Valorant can be pretty daunting. It’s a lot of numbers that fluctuate wildly. However, knowing how your PC is performing can help you out if you are experiencing issues with the game.

Below we’ve got a quick breakdown of the technical lingo that you might see, alongside the ideal values you want to see for each statistic.

  • Client FPS: How many ‘frames per second your game is running at. Ideally, you’d want a minimum of 60 FPS. If you use a 144Hz or 240Hz monitor, you’d want your FPS to be the same as your refresh rate (144, 240, etc).
  • Server Tick Rate: The rate at which the game server updates, calculated as packets per second. All Valorant servers will run at 128-tick rate. If they are running at less, the issues with connectivity are server-side.
  • Total Frame Time: The time it takes for each individual frame to render. If you are at 16.67ms for 60 FPS, you are at the optimal spot. Any higher, and there might be some issues.
  • CPU Frame Time: The time it takes for your CPU (Central Processing Unit) to render frames. You want this to be as low as possible.
  • GPU Frame Time: The time it takes for your GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) to render frames. You also want this to be as low as possible.
  • Network Round Trip Time: More commonly known as ping. Refers to how long it takes for your data (shots fired, movement) to be sent to the server, confirmed, and sent back to you. The lower, the better.
  • Packet Loss: Refers to how many packets of data that don’t make it to the server, or back to you. You want this number to be 0%, else you are having network connectivity issues.

Steps to enable PC performance stats in Valorant

If you can’t see your PC performance stats in Valorant, it’s likely because you haven’t enabled them. It’s not a complicated process to do so, and it doesn’t take up much space on your screen, so don’t be scared to turn them on.

  1. Open up your settings in Valorant.
  2. Navigate to Video > Stats.
  3. There, you’ll have the option to enable or disable statistics. You can show them as text only, graph only, or both… Or you can hide them.
  4. Save your changes, and close settings.
  5. Boot up into a game, and look at the top left of your screen for text stats. Your stats should appear.
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You can choose how you want to see your PC performance stats.

If your game isn’t performing how you’d like it, there are a few ways to fix it.

Turning down your video settings to a minimum should allow you to get more FPS. Using an Ethernet connection where possible should help with any packet loss or ping issues.

If the issues are a bit deeper than that though, or if you want to get into the nitty-gritty of customizing your settings, we’ve got a guide that runs through everything you should enable ⁠(and disable) before you jump into your next Valorant game.

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Summit1G explains the biggest issue with Valorant’s Stinger

Published: 23/Oct/2020 13:09

by Jacob Hale

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Twitch streamer Jaryd ‘Summit1G’ Lazar is a fairly accomplished gamer in many realms and genres — but he has vowed to never use the Stinger SMG in Valorant ever again after a rough go of it.

Riot Games’ first foray into the first-person shooter genre has been a success, with many top streamers and pro players from other games immediately falling in love with the gameplay and making the switch to it.

Obviously, while the game is fun, that doesn’t mean it’s perfect, as any player will attest to, whether it be the Agents’ abilities, bugs, or weapons in the game.

Now, Summit has had it with one particular gun: the Stinger SMG. And he’s promised to never use it again.

Valorant Stinger
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The Stinger is commonly regarded as one of the worst weapons in the game.

While playing as Omen on Haven, Summit’s team was taking a beating, down 11-3, and he decided to buy the Stinger to see if it can help turn the team’s fortunes around.

As luck would have it, his team did actually win the round — no thanks to Summit’s Stinger, though.

“That’s not my aim, that gun sucks d**k,” he said, as his chat started laughing at some of his missed shots. “You shoot that gun for three bullets before it just does what it wants. I will never buy that gun again, dude. I don’t know how people play like this.”

As specified in our guide to the very best weapons in Valorant, the Stinger is arguably one of the worst guns in the game.

The Spectre SMG is far more favorable in its class, so we’ll likely see Summit opt to use that more in the future if he wants a submachine gun and to rush into the thick of the action. At the very least, we know full well that he won’t be touching the Stinger again unless it gets a considerable buff.