VALORANT is a hyper-competitive, tactical first-person shooter, so it makes sense to want to start out on the right foot with the best possible settings.
Riot Games’ CS:GO competitor features a daunting amount of customizability, which can make it challenging to find the settings you’re looking for. Whether it’s mouse settings, video or audio settings, or even keybinds, the possibilities are seemingly endless.
Additionally, the best settings for one player may be different for another, making it even more difficult to find the best possible settings for optimizing your experience, but don’t worry, we’ve gone through all of VALORANT‘s options to find the best settings for most players.
So if you’re interested in using the best settings for VALORANT but are unsure where to start, here’s everything you need to know.
Best General settings for VALORANT
The General settings in VALORANT cover a fairly wide range of options, many of which come down to personal preference, but if you’re looking to optimize your game, there are some settings to note.
- Enemy Highlight Color: This setting is mostly up to preference, however, many players choose yellow as it seems to cause enemies to stick out slightly more than other colors.
As for Mouse settings, it mostly comes down to your own personal preference, but it could be helpful to note that the average eDPI of professional VALORANT players is 280 and 81 percent use a 1.0 scoped sensitivity multiplier, according to Pro Settings. To calculate your own eDPI, multiply your in-game sensitivity and your mouse’s DPI (This can be checked through most mouse software and usually sits at 400, 800, or 1600).
- [Beta] RawInputBuffer: If you can run VALORANT at over 60 FPS, we recommend having this setting set to “on.” For more info on this setting, you can check out our detailed analysis.
For Minimap settings, we recommend keeping the zoom low enough so you can see the entire map at all times. This is because there are lots of abilities in VALORANT that show up on the minimap, and it’s extremely useful to be able to see this information. It’s also recommended to Keep Player Centered set to “Off” and to have your minimap set to Rotate so you can easily identify locations at a glance.
Moving on to the Other section of the General settings, there are some that have minimal impact on your game and are completely up to you, but are also quite a few that are important when considering the most optimal settings in VALORANT.
- Always Show Inventory: Off
- Player Loadouts Always Visible: Off
- Cycle to Next/Prev Weapon Wraps Inventory: Off
- Cycle to Next/Prev Weapon Includes Spike: Off
- Show Blood: On
- Instability Indicators: On
- Show Corpses: Off
- Show Bullet Tracers: On
- Network Buffering: Minimum
- Use Team Color for Crosshair: Off
- Hide User Interface in Game: Off
Best Video settings for VALORANT
Having the correct Video settings applied is one of the most important aspects when it comes to optimizing VALORANT.
- Display Mode: Fullscreen
- Resolution: Set to your monitor’s native resolution with the highest possible refresh rate
- Aspect Ration Method: Letterbox
- Limit FPS: Off, although can be set to On in Menus and Background if preferred.
- NVIDIA Reflex Low Latency: On + Boost (Note: this setting is only available for those with an NVIDIA graphics card)
Moving on to Graphics Quality, these options are yet again some of the most important settings for optimizing your VALORANT experience. The settings we recommend will provide you with the highest possible FPS in-game while attempting to salvage as much video quality as possible, however, it should be noted that with a higher-end PC you can bump up some of the Quality settings to your liking.
- 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
- Bloom: Off
- Distortion: Off
- Cast Shadows: Off
Lastly, the Stats section has no real impact on performance in VALORANT and is mostly up to personal preference, but some information these settings provide can be helpful. Here are our recommendations:
- Client FPS: Text Only
- Server Tick Rate: Text Only
- Total Frame Time: Hide
- Idle time: Hide
- CPU Game Time: Hide
- CPU Render Time: Hide
- Network Round trip Time: Text Only
- Packet Loss: Text Only
- Game to Render Latency: Hide
- Game Latency: Hide
- Render Latency: Hide
Best Audio settings for VALORANT
The best Audio settings are almost entirely up to your own personal preference and depend on your PC’s sound settings among other factors, but there are a few settings worth noting.
- All Music Overall Volume: Unchecked if you desire fewer distractions from gameplay
- VOIP Ducks Music: Checked if you have in-game music turned on (This setting mutes all music when a teammate is speaking through VALORANT‘s in-game voice chat)
- Enable HRTF: Checked
Best Crosshair settings for VALORANT
Crosshair settings in VALORANT are mostly up to personal preference, but it’s recommended to create a crosshair that isn’t too thick or wide so you can still see your opponents behind it.
A very common crosshair uses the following settings:
- Crosshair Color: Preference
- Outlines: On
- Outline Opacity: 1
- Outline Thickness: 1
- Center Dot: Off
- Override Firing Error Offset with Crosshair Offset: Off
- Override All Primary Crosshairs With My Primary Crosshair: Off
- Show Inner Lines: On
- Inner Line Opacity: 1
- Inner Line Length: 3
- Inner Line Thickness: 1
- Inner Line Offset: 3
- Movement Error: Off
- Firing Error: Off
- Show Outer Lines: Off
It should be noted that Movement Error and Firing Error can be helpful for newer players to get a grasp on the combat system in VALORANT and can be set to “On” if you prefer.
Best Controls in VALORANT
The best Controls for VALORANT are nonexistent, as it all comes down to what works best for you. Try testing out different keybinds for any default settings that you’re uncomfortable with.