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Will my PC run Valorant? Minimum and recommended specs

Published: 2/Mar/2020 8:51 Updated: 2/Mar/2020 8:52

by Matt Porter

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Riot Games have officially announced that Valorant, the developer’s first foray into the world of first-person shooters, is coming to players in Summer 2020, and have already revealed the system requirements your PC must meet if you want to play the game.

As with any competitive first-person shooter, Riot’s focus has mainly been on performance, attempting to squeeze out as many frames as possible, and trying to make sure it will run on as many PCs as they can, with the official Valorant website claiming that the developers have designed the game to play at “30 frames per second on most min-spec computers, even dating back a decade.”

Of course, the game can run up to 144 FPS depending on your rig, and Riot have revealed the different hardware requirements for running the game at it’s most basic level, to those hungry for as many frames as possible as they play in pursuit of victory.

Players firing a weapon at an opponent in Valorant.
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Valorant is Riot Game’s first attempt at an FPS game.

Valorant hardware recommendations

While Riot Games aim to allow as many players as possible to try out their tactical FPS, they have been forced to set some minimum recommendations that all PCs will need to meet should they hope to run Valorant at 30 FPS. The game will only be available on Windows at launch, with no word on whether other operating systems will get a chance to enjoy the game in the future.

  • Operating System: Windows 7/8/10 64-bit
  • RAM: 4GB
  • VRAM: 1GB

Valorant minimum specs

For those on old or less-powerful machines, Valorant will run at 30 frames-per-second on the game’s minimum required specs. Of course, 30 FPS will put you at a disadvantage against players who are on computers with higher specifications, but will still allow players to enjoy Valorant without too many issues. You can view the minimum specs for CPU and GPU below.

  • CPU: Intel i3-370M
  • GPU: Intel HD 3000
Two players engaging in a gunfight in Valorant.
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Riot Games states that the game should run at 30 FPS on machines that are a decade old.

Valorant recommended specs

Riot Games recommends that players enjoy the game at 60 FPS, which will allow gamers the ability to follow all the action when things get hectic with gunfights and abilities, without causing too much strain on your machine and creating lag. You can view Riot’s recommended specifications below.

  • CPU: Intel i3-4150
  • GPU: Geforce GT 730

Valorant high-end specs

For those on high-end gaming PCs, you can run the game at 144 FPS, which is the highest most consumer monitors will allow you to see. Even these aren’t particularly resource-hungry, meaning that if you have purpose-built a gaming computer over the last few years, it should be able to run the game at 144 FPS without any issues.

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz
  • GPU: GTX 1050 Ti

Riot Games have already released a trailer and a first look at the gameplay that FPS fans can expect to engage in when the title releases in Summer 2020. On top of that, they’ve also revealed an early taste of the characters that will be available in the game, and the abilities players will be able to wield that could swing the momentum of matches if used correctly.

While these specifications give an idea of whether your PC will be able to run the game or not, we’ll not know how Valorant truly performs until its release, which is still a few months away.

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How does the Valorant Champions Tour work? Dates, format, regions, more

Published: 24/Nov/2020 16:07

by Andrew Amos

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The Valorant Champions Tour is set to define the outlook of Riot’s flagship FPS from 2021 onwards. The esport scene has been divided into three stages, giving players from grassroots to top-tier a chance to shine. Here’s how it works.

The Valorant Champions Tour is here to revolutionize professional play for Riot’s hit FPS. After a year of domestic tournaments and regional leagues, there’s now hope of getting a dose of international play in 2021.

However, the Valorant Champions Tour announcement is a lot to digest. If you’re left confused by the announcement, we’ve broken down each tier of play here, and how the entire system works, as simply as possible.

Valorant Champions Tour format
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The Valorant Champions Tour is divided into three tiers: Challengers, Masters, and Champions.

Valorant Champions Tour regions

Before we can dive into what each tier of the new Valorant Champions Tour means, we need to break down who’s participating. There are seven regions looped into the Valorant Champions Tour ecosystem.

  • North America (includes Oceania)
  • Europe, Middle East, and Africa (includes CIS, Turkey, and MENA)
  • Brazil
  • Latin America
  • Japan
  • South-East Asia
  • Korea

It’s a similar spread compared to Riot’s handling of League of Legends. Bigger regions, like North America and Europe, will have more slots at the bigger international events.

Smaller regions, like Oceania and CIS, don’t have a direct path to qualification through their domestic events. They will instead have to make it through specified events in North America (OCE) and Europe (CIS), on top of making it through their home region.

Valorant-Champions-Tour-Timeline
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Here’s how the Valorant Champions Tour circuit is shaping up for 2021.

What is Valorant Challengers?

Valorant Challengers is the domestic level of Valorant competition. Each region ⁠— regardless of size ⁠— will have a Challengers event.

Each Challenger event takes place over six weeks with three open qualifiers. It’s similar to the First Strike format: play through Opens, make it to Closed Qualifiers, and if you perform well enough, you make the Challengers Final.

Valorant Challengers format in Valorant Champions Tour

Eight teams will qualify for the Challengers Final. This is the path towards the international Masters-level events. The top teams from each region will earn themselves a spot at the next Masters event:

  • North America (and OCE): Top 3 teams
  • Europe (and CIS, Turkey, and MENAI): Top 4 teams
  • Brazil: Top 2 teams
  • Korea: Top 2 teams
  • Japan: Top 2 teams
  • South-East Asia: Top 2 teams
  • Latin America: Winner of Valorant Challengers

There will be three Valorant Challengers events throughout the year (February, May and August), each running into their respective Valorant Masters event.

What is Valorant Masters?

Valorant Masters is the first stage of international play in Valorant. The best teams from each region will qualify for one of three Masters events, spaced out across the year. The teams will be decided by their placements in Valorant Challengers.

Teams will earn points based on their performance at Masters-level events. These points will be put towards qualifying for the end-of-year Valorant Champions event ⁠— the World Championship.

Due to the current global situation, Masters events may remain at a domestic level for now, and emulate the format from Valorant Challengers. However, making it to Masters and performing well will still be the key to making the big Valorant Champions event.

What is Valorant Champions?

Valorant Champions is the biggest event on the calendar. It’s essentially the Valorant World Championship. After a year of competition, the top 16 teams around the world will duke it out for the biggest prize in the circuit. It’s set to be a “massive” two-week long event.

There will be 12 direct invites into the Valorant Champions event, based on Masters performances. However, this isn’t the end of the line.

Valorant Champions and Masters format for Valorant Champions Tour

Four more slots will be up for grabs in regional last chance qualifiers. These last chance qualifiers will be split across: North America, Europe, South America, and Asia-Pacific. Here’s the regional breakdown.

  • North America (and OCE): 4 slots
  • Europe (and CIS, Turkey, and MENAI): 4 slots
  • Brazil: At least 2 slots
  • Latin America: At least 1 slot
  • Japan: At least 1 slot
  • South-East Asia: At least 2 slots
  • Korea: At least 1 slot
  • Masters 3 Winner: Direct invite

Putting it simply, the Valorant Champions Tour gives teams of all levels a chance to go from grassroots to glory. From small local Challengers events, all the way through to the Champions Final, there’s a clear path to the top no matter if you are a big organization or a small pub-stomping team. Of course, you still have to meet that Immortal 1 minimum threshold!

The Valorant Champions Tour is set to kick-off in February 2021 with the start of Valorant Challengers Season 1 across the world.