Optimising your set-up with Valorant's best settings is a good foundation for giving yourself the best possible chance to succeed in the rapid 5v5 FPS. Given this is a game that relies upon fast reactions and deadly accuracy, giving yourself the best settings may just make the difference between winning and losing.
Valorant has an enormous variety of settings for players to choose from. While every player will, of course, have their own individual preferences, there are plenty of settings which will work well for a wide range of players.
Valorant Best Settings
We've already alluded to this, but these are settings which, in general, will be about as effective as possible for most players. You may prefer to tweak your mouse settings or your crosshair settings. And that's fine. We won't judge you.
Use these as a baseline that seems to work well for most players. Then, if you feel there's still room for improvement, you can start tweaking things until you find what works best specifically for you.
Valorant Best General Settings
Before diving into some of the more specific settings in this guide, let's take a quick look at some general settings which players may wish to consider tweaking.
Firstly, under Accessibility, you have the option of choosing an Enemy Highlight Colour. In this setting, Yellow appears to make enemies particularly prominent.
Some additional settings to consider, especially if your PC isn't the most powerful are to turn off Show Corpses and Show Blood, as well as Vignette, Bloom, Distortion, and Cast Shadows.
Additional details like these aren't essential for gameplay, and can lead to performance issues such as frame rate drops. Disabling these allows your computer to focus on rendering the things which matter in terms of gameplay.
If you really want to go the whole hog, there are other changes you can make to give yourself the best possible in-game FPS. It will reduce video quality slightly, but you can tweak these until you hit the right balance:
- Multithreaded Rendering: On
- Material Quality: Low
- Texture Quality: Low
- Detail Quality: Low
- UI Quality: Low
- Vignette: Off
- VSync: Off
- Anti-Aliasing: Either None or MSAA 2x depending on your preference
- Anisotropic Filtering: 2x or 4x depending on your preference
- Improve Clarity: Off
- [BETA] Experimental Sharpening: Off
Best Minimap Settings
The minimap is a crucial tool for orientating yourself to the action, as well as seeing what's going on.
It's generally recommended that you don't zoom in too much, and if possible, try to have the entire map in view.
Some players prefer to then set the minimap to Rotate as this allows you to see where things are in relation to your position. If you use this mode, then having Keep Player Centred switched off can be helpful.
Alternatively, if you prefer to keep your map fixed, then set it to Based on Side. This will make it easier to orientate yourself to the action.
Best Mouse Settings
As with any game, your mouse settings will largely come down to personal preference. If you play other FPS games and have a clear preference in terms of settings, then it makes sense to try to match those on Valorant, and see how well it works for you.
But if you don't know what settings you use, and want to match the pros, try the following:
- eDPI (effective dots per inch) of 280 - this means your mouse will effectively move 280 pixels on screen per inch of mouse movement.
- Scoped sensitivity multiplier of 1.0
Best Video Settings
If you're playing Valorant, you'll want to make sure that your video settings are as good as possible. Here's what tends to work well:
- Fullscreen Display Mode.
- If you can, get hold of a high refresh rate monitor. Many pros won't consider using monitor with a refresh rate of less than 144Hz, according to prosettings. 240Hz appears to be most common, with a resolution of 1920x1080.
- If you have an NVIDIA graphics card, then set your NVIDIA Reflex Low Latency to On and Boost.
- Finally, under Limit FPS, switch this off. If however, you start noticing issues with game stability, then try setting Max FPS Always to 60.
Best Crosshair Settings
Is there such a thing as the 'perfect' crosshair? In Valorant there are plenty of options for this, and once again, a lot comes down to what works for you.
As a rule of thumb, don't have a crosshair that's too thick, as this may obscure your view of your opponent. In terms of colours, they are all pretty strong, so this really is a matter of preference.
You do have the option of switching on Movement Error and Firing Error. These help to tell you when you aren't completely accurate, for example due to movement, or being hit by opponents.
Best Audio Settings
If you want to remove as many distractions as possible, turn off the music in the sounds tab, as well as the Agent Flavor in the Voice-Over tab.
If you communicate in-game, as opposed to using an alternative voice chat method such as Discord, then another option worth considering is VOIP Ducks Music. This will mute any music when your teammates are speaking, to ensure you don't miss out on a key piece of information.
As you can see, there are plenty of potential settings you can change in Valorant, and what works for one person may be entirely different to someone else. The ones we've suggested represent a good starting point. But you may find that some of these settings don't work for you, in which case, tweak them until you find your perfect set-up.