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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.
Riot Games
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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Valorant Red Bull Home Ground dates announced

Published: 20/Jan/2021 20:29 Updated: 20/Jan/2021 21:14

by Alan Bernal

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The Red Bull Home Ground invitational is going to introduce a new format to typical Valorant events, as the tournament will bring some of Europe’s best teams together for the first time in 2021.

There’s going to be £24,000 (about $29,000) up for grabs throughout the event, and will be a chance for audiences to see how teams have been getting along with Riot’s Valorant Champions Tour circuit just around the corner.

But the Red Bull tournament organizers have something fresh to bring to the way Valorant tournaments are structured. The event’s namesake will bring a new way of looking at ‘home field advantage’ in the esport.

We break down exactly how each stage for Home Ground by Red Bull will go own, including how you can keep up with the action as it unfolds.

Red Bull Home Ground dates and schedule

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The Red Bull Home Ground is bringing a twist to regular Valorant events.

Though early 2021 has been sort of quiet for competitive Valorant, that’s all going to change come the end of the month.

The event will span the last few weekends starting with the eighth team open qualifier on January 23rd – 24th, with the main event kicking off January 28th – 31st.

Expect a ton of action on both weekends, as it all builds to Championship Sunday on January 31st to see who takes the lion’s share of the prize money.

Red Bull Home Ground teams

The Red Bull Home Ground is going to invite six EU heavy hitters “with a mystery special guest to be announced” making up the seventh team.

An open qualifier (see Format) will determine the eight and final team to participate in the Home Ground invitational.

Team
G2 Esports Ardiis Mixwell paTiTek pyth zeek
Team Liquid ec1s Kyyptix L1NK ScreaM soulcas
Ninjas in Pyjamas rhyme CREA chiwawa Jady Ex6TenZ
SUMN FC Boaster doma Mistic Moe40 tsack
Futbolist marqnue mag0o mojj SasuKe STERBEN
Guild Esports bonkar Yacine ziz draken Sayf
Special Guest x x x x x
QUALIFIER x x x x x

Red Bull Home Ground format

In the opening weekend, a field of 64 teams through open registration will fight it out in Best of 1’s on Saturday 23d. The field will be cut into eight teams, four from the invite list and four trying to qualify.

The Semis and Grand Final of the open qualifier will include the Home Ground Best of 5 to determine the team.

Then we move onto the second weekend, and this is where the Home Ground invitational gets interesting. The main event, January 28th – 31st, will feature a Best of Five format for all fixtures. However, teams will have to earn the right to extend a series by winning their respective ‘Home Ground.’

Each team will pick their strongest map pick as their ‘home ground.’ In the Bo5, these two home ground maps will be played first.

If a team wins their home ground AND the opponent’s home ground, the series is over, 2-0. To prevent this, if a team wins a home ground and the opponent responds with a win on a homeground, then the series is tied at 1-1 and we continue like normal in the Bo5.

This will apply to every match fixture in the bracket on the final weekend.

Dexerto will be updating this page as more information is released, and as the action unfolds during the Red Bull Home Ground invitational.