How to properly setup Valorant
Given the competitive nature of Valorant, it is mandatory to play in the best conditions. This requires careful adjustment of your game settings. We guide you through the various menus and the most important points before you go into battle.
To change the following items, click on the gear at the top right of the home page. Then select Parameters in the menu that opens. You should arrive at the following screen:
Adjust your sensitivity
Valorant is a game with a low TTK (Time To Kill), which means that being fast and precise is essential to gain the upper hand in a shooting exchange. You will therefore have to find the ideal mouse sensitivity first. If you setup a too high sensitivity, it will be difficult for you to be precise. If you setup, on the contrary, a too low sensitivity, it will then be difficult to react if an opponent bypasses you.
For details on how to set the sensitivity, see our guide on how to find the perfect sensitivity on Valorant.
Rotation : leave the automatic rotation of the map enabled.
Although it may be confusing if you are not used to it, keeping the rotation will allow you to more instinctively (and therefore more quickly) assess where the danger is coming from in relation to your viewing angle.
It is a comfort you will need in fights and in important situations, to the detriment of a certain readability in calmer situations, but it is in combat that you need to read your map as quickly as possible.
Keep player centered: No.
It’s important to always have a global view of the whole map. By centering the camera on your agent, you will not be able to see the end of the map if you are at the opposite.
Minimap Size: 0,98
This value actually depends on the size of your screen and your display resolution. However, keep in mind that your minimap must not take too much space on your screen, otherwise it could obstruct the visibility on your lest side. It must remain large enough to stay legible and prevent the different icons from overlapping.
Minimap Zoom: 0,9
Strange as it may seem, the default setting of 1.0 does not allow you to see the whole map, especially on Split. By setting the zoom to 0.9, you will be able to keep this overview which we already talked about in previous points.
Minimap Vision Cones: On.
Besides letting you know what your allies can or cannot see, it is also a good indicator when you are beginning. If you can see a place from where you are, tell yourself that any enemy can see you from that place. It is therefore a useful tool for checking in one rotation on yourself where the threats might come from.
The shape and the colour of your crosshair depends on your preferences. We advise you not to opt for a crosshair that is too thick, otherwise it could hide information and clutter your vision, especially when the enemies are very far away and therefore small on the screen.
Movement Error: Yes
Firing Error: On.
These options make your reticle more dynamic and inform you about the current accuracy of your weapons. These are practical indications for new players who don’t know yet how their gestures affect their precision and therefore their efficiency.
Some professional players, however, prefer to disable these options so they aren’t distracted by an indicator that moves constantly on the screen. Once you handle Valorant and the accuracy of the different weapons, you can disable these settings.
For more details on reticle configuration, please refer to our guide Find the best crosshair.
As in every competitive game, Valorant performance is more important than the quality of its graphics. Favor all the parameters that will make the game smooth and enjoyable. The higher your refresh rate is, the faster you will be able to react to an action, without your screen being affected by the different graphic effects.
Select the native resolution and refresh rate of your monitor.
Display Mode: Fullscreen
The fullscreen display allows your computer to stop worrying about other software running on your computer and to focus entirely on displaying the game. This guarantees the best performance.
Material Quality: Med
There is no performance difference between Med and Low. Putting a high quality maybe makes the game more beautiful, but it does affect the frame rate, which we don’t want. The same applies to the following settings:
Texture Quality: Med
Detail Quality: Med
UI Quality: Low
Thumbnail : Off
Vignette adds dark, less saturated contours to the edges of the screen to give a more cinematic look to your games. These contours having an impact on the legibility of the action at the edges, we advise you to disable them.
Unless you have the impression that your screen is cut at the top as soon as you make a sudden movement, we do not recommend activating this setting. VSync imposes a display delay in order to correct the screen and avoid these breaks.
Anti-Aliasing: MSAA 2x
Anisotropic Filtering: 4x
Always in order to relieve your computer as much as possible, we don’t recommend pushing the anti-aliasing further. MSAA 2x helps reduce border blur without sacrificing processor performance.
Improve Clarity: On.
To be honest, we don’t really know what this setting is for, but since we are looking at all costs to improve clarity, we can’t say no to an option that allows us to do it!
Bloom : Nope
This setting was originally called "Enhanced Weapon Skins Visuals", but has been renamed "Bloom" as it affects more than just first person visuals. It is a visual effect that primarily affects the rendering of weapons. It is best to turn this option off, as it offers no competitive advantage and is really just an eye setting.
Distortion : No.
Since everything that can alter your vision is to be avoided, this setting is also disabled.
Contrary to what one might think, this parameter does not affect the display of shadows, it just affects their quality. You can absolutely see your opponents’ shadows and locate them even if you disable this setting.
There you go, you should now have all the optimal settings to get started. Of course, each of the preceding points is subject to your own assessment. You are free to customize your setting as you please, but we still advise you to start with them before adjusting them in your own way.