Settings Every Gamer Should Have
Game settings are often ignored by many gamers. Valorant, however, is tough, and glossing over its sizable suite of settings could be why fans are hitting plateaus in ranked play, slowly falling into the ELO abyss. To help you out of this void, here’s how to adjust the game settings to be more optimal. After all, you should never be outclassed because of something that could have been quickly disabled or changed in the settings.
The first five categories will cover settings that can be changed directly in the game itself. The last four will be settings that will be applied to players’ PCs and should benefit their overall performance, both in ranked and unranked Valorant games. Keep in mind, however, that these are just recommendations. There’s no “right” setup for the entire playerbase, and the key to improvement is practice with whatever settings feel more natural to you. Customize and experiment as you see fit.
General: Map Settings
These settings will allow players to see the full map and have more visibility into what their teammates are seeing. They could help improve your cooperation, teamwork, and general awareness.
- Go in Valorant frameworks.
- Click on the General tongue.
- Scroll down a bit to access MAP.
- Players must have Turn Where Fixed selected according to their preferences. Rotate will cause the map to rotate with the player, while fixed will not.
- dungeon Player-centric switched Stopped, as keeping it enabled will not allow players to see the full map.
- The Minimap size can be set from 0.888 to 1.1depending on how many monitors players want their minimap to cover.
- The Zoom on the minimap is generally better at 0.9, as it allows the entire map to be easily visible without being too intrusive.
- Minimap vision cones must be set to On, allowing you to see what your teammates see on the map.
- Show map region names should be on Still. This way, calls from allies will be much easier to understand.
General: quality of life parameters in others
Here are some settings that will make the rewarding Valorant experience for players even more enjoyable, not to mention more intuitive.
- Go to the other tab at the bottom of General settings.
- Round show blood onif you don’t mind, as it will help players signal when they hit an enemy and fine-tune their aim.
- Spectacle Bullet tracers should be On, an explicit addition that will also prove extremely useful in your aim training.
- Use Team color for crosshair color is recommended to change Stopped, so players can choose a color that contrasts with their opponents and the map. This is also a great advantage for accessibility.
These settings will optimize players’ frames per second (FPS) in Valorant, a crucial consideration in any shooter.
- Go in Settings.
- Click on the Video tongue.
- Go into the General tongue.
- Scroll to Limit FPS always and click On. This will prevent gamers’ GPUs from overworking themselves to create more frames.
- Players must then drop below to Max FPS Alwaysand set it to the highest level appropriate for their system (this may require some tweaking).
Video: Graphics Quality
These settings will give gamers a boost in frames per second and help their GPU performance. Again, the technical side of an FPS is very important for fans of the genre.
- Go in Valorant.
- Click on Settings.
- Go to the Video tongue.
- Click on the Graphic quality section.
- dungeon Multi-threaded rendering set to On to improve processor performance.
- Material quality should be turned towards Down if a gamer has a low-end GPU and for High if a gamer has a newer GPU (like the NVIDIA 30 series).
- Texture quality should also turn to Down with a low-end GPU and High if you have a newer GPU.
- To change Quality of details at Down, as it can hamper players’ FPS and also add unnecessary distractions.
- Players don’t need to change User interface quality. Have it set to High quality blur ui background, and on a Down the quality clearly says it.
- Thumbnail darkens the corners of a gamer’s screen, but it doesn’t make much of a difference and consumes GPU. To improve performance, you’ll probably want to keep this Stopped.
- VSync should be Stoppedunless players have screen tearing issues.
- Anti-aliasing should be Stopped because it decreases performance. If players notice that their aim is compromised due to rough corners, however, you can enable it to MSAA 2x (shouldn’t be too much of a performance issue on most PC builds).
- Round Anisotropic filtering at 1 time for a performance boost.
- Round Enhanced Clarity Off for an increase in FPS.
- Experimental sharpening should be left Stopped, unless the blurring of certain objects bothers a player.
- Bloom makes game effects much prettier, but comes at a performance cost. Players usually have to leave it Stopped.
- Distortion should be left Stopped, as this can make it more difficult to land shots.
- Cast Shadows can be distracting for you and doesn’t create enemy shadows, so there’s no point besides using more GPUs. It is recommended to change it Stopped.
Changing these settings will make it easier to communicate with teammates and determine the positions of friends and enemies.
- Go to Valorant settings.
- Click on the audio tongue.
- Go to the Sounds section.
- Make sure VOIP Ducks Music is activated so that in-game music mutes when a player’s teammates communicate.
- Make sure Speaker Setup is set to Stereoso players can locate sounds from 360 degrees rather than from a flat direction.
- Scroll down and make sure Enable HRTF is also checked, as it allows gamers to hear sound in a simulated surround sound audio space.
PC Settings: Digital Vibrance
Adjusting Digital Vibrance will cause colors on player monitors to pop and enemies to be more visible. Here’s how to change this setting.
- Right click on the desktop.
- With NVidia to go to the Nvidia Control Panel, and with AMD to go to the AMD Radeon Software.
- NVidia: To go to the Display section. AMD: open Games.
- NVidia: Select Adjust desktop color settings. AMD: go to Display below Games.
- NVidia: There will be a Numerical Vibrance slider it should be boosted by about 70%. AMD: Gamers must Enable custom color and set it Saturation to their liking.
PC Settings: Disable Mouse Acceleration
Disabling mouse acceleration will cause the cursor to move based on how far players have moved and the DPI they have set their mouse to. Without this setting, PCs are prone to erratically determining how fast they think a gamer’s mouse “should” go, often causing unpredictable changes in mouse DPI.
- Go to the Windows search bar.
- Type Mouse Settings.
- Go to Related Parameters. This will only appear if your mouse settings window is large enough, so be sure to increase its size if you can’t see it.
- Click on Additional mouse options.
- Once the Mouse Properties Window opens, click Pointer Options.
- Ensure that Increase the accuracy of the pointer is unchecked. This is the setting that affects mouse acceleration.
PC Settings: Enable High DPI Scaling
This will make the players aim more accurate. Needless to say, this is another big priority for experienced players, as well as those just starting out.
- Look for the Windows for File Explorer.
- Look for Valorant in File Explorer to find where Valorant is installed.
- Find it Valorant.exe application and right click above.
- Click on Properties.
- Click it Compatibility tongue.
- Click on Change high resolution settings.
- Make sure override high scaling behavior in DPI is checked and made by Application.
PC settings: background apps
Background apps can drastically drop a game’s frame rate. For optimal performance, make sure your system is focused only on Valorant. Here’s how to turn off background apps:
- Click on the Windows search bar and type in “background apps.”
- Click on Background appsfollowed by System settings.
- At the top you will see Let apps run in the backgroundand it is recommended to disable this option.