How to choose the best VALORANT sensitivity settings and DPI

Finding the right balance with your sensitivity is key to improving in VALORANT.

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Your settings in VALORANT come down to personal preference—but there are still a few important things to keep in mind, such as your mouse sensitivity and your dots per inch (DPI). 

Precision matters in VALORANT. If your sensitivity is too high, you’ll have a hard time accurately clicking or tapping on your opponent’s heads. But if it’s too low, reacting to a shot, a flank, or a flash can be equally demanding.

Finding the right balance with your sensitivity is key to improving in VALORANT.

Your DPI dictates the speed at which your mouse cursor moves on your screen. It’s the basis for everything you do on your computer, from browsing the internet to playing a game. But before you decide on your sensitivity, you should first focus on your DPI.

Mouses vary but they generally range from 400 to 3,200 DPI. The lower your DPI, the slower your cursor will move. For tactical shooters like VALORANT and Counter-Strike, the best players—those who compete for thousands of dollars in cash prizes—tend to use lower DPIs like 400, 800, and, in some cases, 1,600. We recommend using 800 for VALORANT. It’s neither too fast nor too slow.

When choosing your sensitivity, you should take your role into account. If you prefer using weapons like the Operator, consider a lower sensitivity. But if you favor using a rifle like the Vandal or Phantom, choose a higher sensitivity. The same can be said for your agent. Jett and Raze, agents with an emphasis on movement, cater to higher sensitivities.

You should also take note of your physical surroundings. If you have limited space on your desk or a small mousepad, we suggest bumping up your sensitivity to compensate.

If you have plenty of space, feel free to experiment with a lower sensitivity. We recommend anything between 0.35 and 0.45. It’s on the lower side of the scale and might take some time to get used to, but it’s not too low that it impairs your movement.

Dot Esports’ recommendation

DPI800In-game Sensitivity0.4
eDPI320Scoped Sensitivity1
Polling Rate1000Windows Sensitivity6

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