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Valorant dev responds to complaints of major FPS drops

Published: 3/May/2020 10:40

by Andy Williams


The Valorant closed beta has been notoriously struggling with FPS issues, which has led to a Riot Games developer addressing some key concerns with shooting and ability usage.

While the Valorant closed beta has been met with open arms, there have been a number of issues which the developers have had to tackle head on.

Alongside server stabilization problems, Riot have been doing their bit to patch certain glitches and exploits, in a bid to make their beta as close to full release as possible.

Player shooting in Valorant on Split.
Riot Games
Split is the worst offender for dips in player frame rate.

Yet regardless of patches, one issue has been persistent since the beta released on April 7 — FPS drops. There have been widespread reports of players running into problems with their frame rate for a number of reasons.

From claims that the minimap is reducing frames by up to 50 FPS to the pinging system also placing a strain on frame rate, it appears that one of the game’s most necessary consistencies is being hit from all angles.

One player even demonstrated how shooting and ability usage (the game’s fundamental mechanics to dispatching enemies), has a big impact on their FPS. Watch as their client’s FPS on the right-hand side dips by more than 50% when using abilities.

MAJOR FPS DROPS are caused by shooting, bullet holes, and Sage abilities from VALORANT

But there is light at the end of the tunnel, as a Valorant dev responsible for performance testing cleared a few things up in the thread.

Explaining that they use frametime as a more accurate indicator of relative swings in performance, the dev implied that a dip of the magnitude shown in the clip is to be expected.

To top things off, Koalifier calculated that the player is only seeing an increase of around 1 millisecond in frametime when using abilities, which is well within Riot’s expected loss range of 1-3 milliseconds.

Valorant dev commenting on Reddit.

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The dev also stated that they’re aware that players’ frame rate is suffering more after Patch 0.49, and are “actively investigating” the issue — alongside Split being the worst map for running into these problems!

So it appears that Valorant’s closed beta might be getting some performance optimization in a forthcoming patch.


Simple Valorant Sage wall trick makes Ascent door useless

Published: 28/Nov/2020 17:17

by Luke Edwards


The Sage wall is arguably one of the most useful tools of all Valorant agents. One player has found a way of using it to block access to the A-site door lever on Ascent without needing to be on the site.

Taking A site as an attacker on Ascent can be a big task. When you go long, you’re often forced into close-quarters combat, with cubby areas and multiple hiding spots from defenders in your path to the site. If you go via mid, you leave yourself open to being picked off by snipers.

Even if you do make it through mid and head right towards A site, if the enemy team hears you at all, they can just close the door, forcing you up through gardens and into heaven, giving enemies longer to react. Or, you can shoot through the door, at the cost of time and ammo.

Fortunately, one player has found a neat use for Sage wall that prevents the enemy team from being able to close the door at all.

Valorant's Sage artwork
Riot Games
Despite multiple nerfs, Sage is still a popular pick in Valorant

Easy Sage wall trick for accessing Ascent A site in Valorant

Reddit user u/awesumsauce13 has discovered this neat trick that will allow you to access A site quicker and easier.

The main advantage is that it saves you time. You’re bound to get onto site quickly, meaning you can plant the spike and buckle down ready for the rotation.

If you combine it with some smokes, from a Brimstone, Jett, or both, you can sneak onto site with even more stealth.

However, when you get the bomb planted, it then becomes much more difficult to hold. This is because the Sage wall is blocking easy access to the lever, giving the defending side an extra point of entry.

Ascent from Valorant
Riot Games
Ascent was the fourth map to be released on Valorant

It has its use on defense, too, if the attackers rush long and onto site. As mentioned by u/PrimaryZeal, by adjusting the angle of the wall as Sage, you can block the lever without giving away your location.

This means the attackers can’t shut the door, giving your team more time to rotate and more routes for approaching the site.

While not applicable to every situation Valorant can throw at you, this Sage wall is definitely a useful tool to have at your disposal.