VALORANT – Best Settings & Options Guide
The performance of a game can fluctuate between patches, even in games that have been out for years, but lately VALORANT seems to be pretty stable on this front. Riot have definitely delivered on the performance front: the game is pretty easy to run and getting high framerates doesn’t require you to have a beast of a PC.
What we’ve done here is go over the existing settings in the game and created what we believe is the best mixture of performance vs. visuals based on our knowledge of graphical settings and competitive games as well as our own ingame testing.
We’ve gone for ‘medium’ for most of these settings since these seem to offer the best balance between performance and visual clarity. Going with ‘low’ for everything can improve FPS a bit, but it can make things look a bit messy in the game and since there’s not a huge difference in framerate between medium and low for most of these quality settings we feel like this is the best compromise.
As with any competitive game it’s incredibly important to maximize your framerate to get the smoothest game possible. Having a higher framerate gives you plenty of advantages even if you’re not rocking a high refresh rate display but since only 2% of our analyzed pro gamers across all of our games are using a regular 60Hz monitor we do definitely recommend an upgraded panel if you’re serious about any competitive shooter game so the same goes for VALORANT. Of course you’ll also want a PC that can push those frames, and because VALORANT isn’t a very difficult game to run you can get away with using a budget card if you’re going to main this game. If you’re curious about graphics cards you can check our guide here. To the right you can see the expected performance of some of the cards (ranked from best to worst) that we recommend in our article, but if you want to learn more we do encourage you to check out our full guide.
Quick tip: some pros like to use different highlight colors for enemy players. Yellow – Deuteranopia seems to be the most common and it’s a highlight color we recommend trying out as well; it can really make the enemies stand out a lot more for some. If it doesn’t really help you then you can always switch back.
Update: in patch 1.10 a new graphical setting called Experimental Sharpening was added. A Riot employee confirmed that they put it in there by accident and that it’d be removed by the next patch but after a lot of requests to keep it in Riot has now left it in in ‘beta mode’. We suggest experimenting with this yourself to see if you like it. Once the setting is out of beta we’ll add it to our list below.