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Pro Valorant settings guide for the best performance: Maximize your FPS

Published: 14/Nov/2021 7:08

by Andrew Amos

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Every second and every action in Valorant makes a world of difference. Get the absolute most out of your PC and perform to the best of your abilities with our ultimate settings guide, diving into what the pros use and how you can improve performance.

Whether you’re playing from a state-of-the-art gaming rig or booting up from a dated PC, Valorant can run just fine on a wide array of hardware.

Designed from the ground up with accessibility in mind, Riot put the emphasis on fine-tuned gameplay as opposed to GPU-pushing visuals.

If you’re just starting out or you’re looking to get the most of your Valorant experience, here’s a full breakdown on every single setting in the game and the best ones to boost performance.

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Every decision in-game is vital, as is every decision in Valorant’s settings as well.

Best General Valorant settings

Your general Valorant settings screen doesn’t have a lot of useful settings you’ll be changing often. There are some nice things — such as colorblind options (Deuteranopia is popular, even for non-colorblind players) — but it’s mostly for all the extras and don’t impact performance.

There’s also some privacy settings, the option to change your viewmodel from left to right (First Personal Handedness), and chat settings. Pick what’s comfortable for you here — nothing really impacts performance.

Mouse sensitivity

If you want to click heads in Valorant, you’ll need to find the perfect mouse sensitivity. This setting is not a one-and-done: It will likely evolve and change as you play, and you’ll need to adjust it to suit yourself.

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However, as a rule of thumb, most players aim for a relatively low base sensitivity as well as maintaining a 1x multiplier between regular and scoped sensitivity. Low sensitivity gives you more control over your aim, although high sensitivity does enable you to flick faster.

Valorant mouse sensitivity settings
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If you want more precise aim, lower mouse sensitivity is the way to go in Valorant.

Minimap

Minimap settings are also very dependent on your personal preference in Valorant. However, there are some handy little options.

Setting your map to rotate helps you get your bearings no matter where you are. You should also try and make sure your zoom isn’t so much you can’t see the whole minimap at once. The map should be at a comfortable size for you as well.

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The vision cones and map region names settings are very helpful for new players, but if you’re experienced and know your callouts and limits you can disable them to reduce clutter.

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The minimap should be sizeable so that you can easily gather new information with a quick look.

Best Controls Valorant settings

You can basically customize any of your controls in Valorant settings. Movement, communication — even how you shoot your gun (stick with the mouse buttons for this one unless 100% necessary) — all can be changed.

That being said, there’s a few settings most people will change between based on comfort. We have listed these below:

  • Default Movement Mode (Walk/Run): Valorant’s default setting for this is running, before using your alternate movement key (default is Shift) to walk. You can swap this to walking if you’re more comfortable with having a sprint key rather than a walk key.
  • Toggle Walk (On/Off): This setting is off by default, but if you prefer to just press and forget rather than holding down your walk key, you can toggle it on.
  • Toggle Crouch (On/Off): The same goes for crouching — you can opt to toggle it if you so choose. Most players prefer disabling the toggle for both though.
  • Aim Down Sights (Hold/Toggle): Depending on what FPS experience you have, you might prefer to hold or toggle when ADSing. Hold is the more popular option.
  • Sniper Rifle Aim (Hold/Toggle): Same goes for Sniper Rifle aiming, but this one is more 50-50 and down to personal preference. If you choose to Hold, the next two options will be disabled by default.
  • Operator Zoom (Cycle/Toggle): If you want to zoom in further on your Operator, you can either cycle (by right-clicking) or toggle (one right-click before it unscopes you).
  • Auto Re-enter Scope (On/Off): This should always be off, as re-scoping after shooting when unintended can cost you your life. We are flagging this as it’s a setting most people overlook.
  • Cycle to Next/Previous Weapon (Up/Down on scroll wheel): This is a contentious option because sometimes you accidentally scroll in a fight and all of a sudden you’ve got your Classic out and not your Vandal. Some players will often shift their down scroll to jump too, so if you’re comfortable, it’s worth unbinding these all together and just using numbers to cycle between weapons.
Valorant equipment control settings
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You can customize how your weapons work in Valorant.

Best Crosshair Valorant settings

Much like your sensitivity and controls, crosshairs are totally dependent on you in Valorant. Some players like big crosses, while others opt for tiny dots. The crosshair builder in Valorant gives you a limitless range of options.

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There is some general rules for crosshairs no matter your style though. Turning off movement and firing error will make your crosshair static and less distracting, and it’s very much advised. You’ll also want a high contrast color like green, red, or yellow — but a black outline helps too. Outside of that, it’s up to you!

You can save other people’s crosshairs too, so if you see one you think will work for you — like one of the pros’ crosshairs — try it out!

Valorant crosshair settings
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There’s nearly limitless options in Valorant’s crosshair creator.

Best Video Valorant settings

General

Your general video settings in Valorant go over your FPS limits as well as your in-game resolution. You can cap your FPS if your system struggles to run the game, but it’s not necessary.

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You can also opt to change your resolution (4:3 resolutions are very popular), but unlike other FPS titles like Counter-Strike, it offers no inherent competitive advantage.

  • Resolution: Set to Native
  • Display Mode: Fullscreen
Valorant general video settings
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Be sure to play in fullscreen to maximize your FPS.

Graphics Quality

If you really want to improve your Valorant performance, these are the settings that matter the most. Adjusting your graphics quality will make things clearer — with less visual clutter — as well as improve your FPS.

Material Quality and Detail Quality should always be set to Low for maximum performance, and same goes for VSync to off to stop input lag. The rest can be adjusted to your liking, although it’s better to turn most of the final settings off to reduce clutter.

  • Multithread Rendering: On
  • Material Quality: Low
  • Texture Quality: Medium
  • Detail Quality: Low
  • UI Quality: Medium
  • Vignette: Off
  • VSync: Off
  • Anti-Aliasing: MSAA 2x
  • Anisotropic Filtering: 4x
  • Improve Clarity: Off
  • Experimental Sharpening: On
  • Bloom: Off
  • Distortion: Off
  • Cast Shadows: Off
Valorant video settings Be sure to follow these Valorant video settings for optimal performance.

Stats

There’s a multitude of stats settings in Valorant that can help you understand how your PC is holding up while playing the game. They are pretty discrete, so you can enable them if you want. Turning on FPS, tick rate, frame time, and network stats are a good idea, but the rest is personal preference.

Best Audio Valorant settings

Audio settings are something you generally don’t need to touch in Valorant. You just need to make sure it’s loud enough that you hear what you’re meant to hear without hurting your ears.

There are a couple of settings that should be enabled: Stereo audio means you’ll get directional audio cues, while enabling HRTF will finetune just where those positional cues are. The rest is up to you.

Voice Chat

The Voice Chat audio settings in Valorant can control where your audio goes (make sure it’s going through the right speaker), and will also determine the sound of your allies when they use in-game chat.

You can also choose to disable it if you’re concerned about toxicity, however bear in mind communication is the key to winning any game of Valorant!

Voice Over

Voice Over settings in Valorant deserve a special mention — you can adjust the ambient sounds you hear like Agent voice lines, or even the Announcer. If you don’t like all the sound cues you can disable them, but they’re especially handy for hearing callouts, ultimate sounds, and even general information.