Team- based tactical shooters are very competitive. Often, games are won or lost on razor-thin margins. Riot Games’ Valorant is one such game that rewards fast reflexes, mind-blowing team plays and, of course, precision aiming.
Usually, battles between players in strategic shooters like Valorant boil down to who gets the first, most precise head shot. This leaves little room for error and demands precision and speed. When it comes to PC gaming, the mouse is your primary weapon.
Having control over your mouse and controlling the crosshair wins you most of your battles. Take Shroud for example, who is one of the best Valorant players. His aim and ability to consistently land headshots on multiple opponents earns his team wins. His ability to aim translates across games and is considered one of FPS’s most lethal players and this boils down to his ability to get kills.
The interaction between a player and his mouse is so crucial in modern FPS. If you find yourself getting killed before you can even whip around and aim at your opponent, you might just be playing with the wrong mouse sensitivity.
Fixing this one aspect of your game setting will lead to the most significant results. Here are our tips on how to find the perfect sensitivity for your gaming setup and improve that K/D ratio.
Difference between DPI and eDPI
DPI stands for dots per inch. It signifies the speed at which the mouse cursor will move on screen with every inch the user moves the mouse on the pad. The average mouse is about 800 DPI which means that for every inch you move the mouse the cursor moves 800 dots (pixels) on the screen in that direction.
Gaming mouse manufacturers make mice with an upper limit of 4000 DPI, which make them too sensitive for gaming. Most pros keep them at 400-1000 DPI, which even the most basic, non-gaming mice offer. This makes DPI settings rather irrelevant. DPIs around the 800 mark will set you up well to achieve a good eDPI, which is the unsung hero to great sensitivity settings.
Your eDPI for a particular game needs to be calculated. Go to your Valorant general settings and see what sensitivity you are currently running. Now multiply this number with the DPI of your mouse. This gives you the eDPI you are currently running. This number measures exactly how much every movement of your mouse will move the crosshair on the screen.
What eDPI range is good for Valorant
Valorant’s maps are narrow and designed for maximum engagement. With several peek points and narrow pathways, most professional players try to keep the crosshair steady and restrict their sensitivity.
This is because the game has much less need for 180 degree quick shots. The average Valorant pro keeps their mouse at 400 or 800 dpi and their eDPI scores are around the 400-500 mark. This is because their in-game sensitivity is around the 0.3-0.6 mark.
Here are some of the sensitivity settings used by the best players –
As you can see, they all have pretty low eDPI’s with players like Brax and Myth opting for very low settings. Calculate your eDPI. If your scores are higher than 700, you might want to tweak it around a bit.
Use a Sensitivity Converter
Some gamers who are transitioning from other games like CS:GO or Overwatch might want to carry over their sensitivity settings. This could be because you are comfortable with those settings or want to use them as a string point to gauge how different Valorant is. For this, we suggest a sensitivity converter.
There are several converters online like gamepros but we found this extremely handy guide on the Valorant subreddit for you. Just divide your eDPI in other games by the numbers mentioned on this chart and you are good to go.
Try out your usual settings in Valorant. If you are performing well, stick to it. If you seem to be missing too many shots with the crosshair being too erratic on screen, try to reduce your eDPI score and watch the kills pile up!
Test Test Test
Start a custom game or use the shooting range to try and use different sensitivity settings to find a setting that suits you the most. You might not have to go as low as Brax but find a eDPI of around 500 most comfortable. Go for it. Try some unranked gameplay to test your new setting and see if it makes a difference.
-DPI doesn’t really affect in-game performance, leave it at 800 and tweak in game sensitivity
-eDPI = DPI * in-game sensitivity
-Valorant has a narrow maps compared to battle royales and CS:GO, a lower edpi is
-Test out different settings in the shooting range
-Use the converter to carry over settings accurately from other games