Valorant: Best Settings

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Published: 27 Apr 2022
Check out this guide to find out the best graphics settings for smooth performance in Valorant!

Valorant is an online competitive tactical shooter which involves 5v5 combat between two different teams with each team consisting of different characters with their own unique abilities. In this guide, we will tell you the best settings so you can enjoy a competitive experience in the game.

Valorant: Best Settings

While competitive online games such as Valorant and CS: GO, most players don’t care much about the graphics and instead want the best performance possible so they can have minimum lag while shooting their enemies.

In order to change the graphics in the game, you will need to open the settings and then click on the Video tab in the top right corner of the screen. Here you will be able to tweak various settings to make the game run smoother without sacrificing much of the visuals.

Resolution: Here you should stick to the native resolution of your computer. You check the resolution of your monitor by navigating to the Display Settings in Windows. Usually, it will be 1920 x 1080 or 2560 x 1440. In case you are facing problems while running the game, you can try reducing the resolution to improve the performance however it will have a drastic effect on the overall visual quality.

Display Mode: It is recommended that you set it to Full Screen as it will allow your computer to prioritize all the resources to the game instead of other programs running in the background

Monitor: In case you are using Multiple monitors then choose the one that is currently active, ie the Primary Monitor.

Aspect Ratio: Most professional Valorant players prefer to play in Letterbox ratio so we recommend choosing it. In case you are using a Monitor with a 4:3 aspect ratio then you should choose that option otherwise it will stretch the image making the game wider and weird. However, one benefit of choosing the 4:3 aspect ratio is that all your enemies will be wider making it easier for you to shoot them.

Limit FPS on Battery: It is recommended that you turn OFF this option as it can reduce your performance if you are running it on your laptop without plugging it into a charger. This will cause FPS dips and stutters as the laptop will conserve resources to improve the battery life instead of the performance

Max FPS on battery: This will ensure that your laptop doesn’t cap the overall FPS while you are playing on battery and you will get the maximum FPS possible.

Limited FPS in Menu: It is upto you whether you like to enjoy the game’s menu at the highest FPS possible or would like to conserve the processing powers so you can switch between Valorant and other applications. In case you like recording your gameplay or minimising the game very often then we recommended turning it ON otherwise OFF.

Max FPS in Background: If you would like to conserve your processing power when the game is in the idle state in the main menu then we would suggest setting it to 30 FPS.

Limited FPS Always: We recommended turning OFF this setting to enjoy uncapped frame rates

Max FPS Always: It will ensure that the game will run in the highest FPS possible at all times resulting in smooth performance even in the menus.

Nvidia Reflex Low Latency: If you are playing on Nvidia GPU then we recommended turning it ON as it can reduce the overall latency and input lag in the game. You will enjoy a much smoother experience as your aim will be more accurate and responsive.

Now it’s time to move to the Graphics Quality tab and tweak the settings available there.

Multithreaded Rendering: If you have a high-end PC with 6 core or 8 core processor then we recommended turning ON this option as it will allow the game to utilize all threads resulting in much smoother performance

Material Quality: This option will significantly affect the performance of your game so we recommend that you set it to Medium. In case you are struggling with poor performance then you should set it to low.

Texture Quality: In case you are using a high-end computer then you set your texture quality to High. It doesn’t have a major impact on performance and only consumes the VRAM of your graphics card so if you have a low-end PC then you set it to Medium.

Detail Quality: It is recommended that you set it to Low as it will improve your performance and reduce unnecessary details and clutter on your screen such as Foliage and Vines on Walls.

UI Quality: This affects things like a portrait of your characters in the settings menu and other elements so recommended setting it to Medium as it does not have a considerable impact on performance

Vignette: It darkens the corners of your screen giving you a more cinematic look and improving the aesthetics however it can be quite distracting so we recommend turning it OFF

VSync: We recommend turning it OFF as it will reduce your overall FPS to make it sync with the refresh rate of your monitor causing issues such as stutters and input lag.However if you are facing screen tearing and your monitor cannot keep up with the rest of your computer then you can try turning it ON.

Anti Aliasing: It will reduce the jagged edges on the screen and improve the overall image quality so we suggest setting it to MSAA X2 as it can make the visuals better. However, if you are on a low-end PC then you turn it OFF entirely to improve some performance.

Anisotropic Filtering: It improves the overall sharpness of the textures in the game so we suggest that you set it to 4x as it doesn’t affect the performance much. In case you are on a high-end computer then you set it to 16x.

Improve Clarity: You can try turning it ON to improve the overall visuals of the game. Many people have a mixed experience with this setting as it can significantly enhance the visuals without affecting the performance much while others report that it has reduced their FPS without offering a considerable improvement. It is better that you try turning it ON and OFF to check whether it’s beneficial for you or not.

Experimental Sharpening: This setting will enhance your visuals by sharpening the edges of textures in the game. However, since it is currently in the beta stage, you can try turning it ON or OFF to check which one works best for you.

Bloom: We suggest turning it OFF because it can cause distractions while playing the game by making the surface and reflections shinier due to the lighting.

Distortion: You should set it to OFF as it can make it hard for you to see your surroundings and cause distractions

Cast Shadows: We recommend turning it OFF as it only affects the shadow of your characters and can reduce your performance if you are playing the game on low-end hardware.

That’s it these are all the graphics settings that you need to adjust to gain maximum performance without sacrificing much visual fidelity. If you are still facing issues with poor performance on your computer then you can reduce these settings further to gain some improvement in your FPS.

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