While 60 FPS are great for a casual game, competitive games are often different. A higher FPS can end up benefiting the player in multiple ways. For example, a higher framerate can allow you to fully utilize high refresh-rate monitors, as well as decrease system latency and reduce screen tearing.
Valorant is currently taking the competitive shooter world by storm. With thousands of new players logging in each day, many of them are looking to optimize their experience to the maximum. As such, we will take you through the best Valorant settings that are not only perfect for high FPS, but also optimize your visibility.
How to Fix Low FPS in Valorant
Valorant was designed to work well with low-end PCs. However, those with PCs that are practically ancient or business-focused laptops may be struggling to get a decent frame rate. Not only that, but competitive players may also want to squeeze every last drop out of their hardware to increase their performance.
There are two main ways to increase your FPS in Valorant. You can change your in-game settings and your PC settings. Before we begin, remember that the simplest, most hassle-free way to increase FPS is to upgrade your PC. However, that can be expensive, and it might be best for most people to follow our best settings for Valorant instead.
Valorant In-Game FPS Settings
Head to the ‘Video’ tab in your Valorant settings and select ‘Graphics Quality’. Once there, here are settings that should always be kept constant:
- VSync: Off
- Vignette: Off
- Material Quality: Low
- Detail Quality: Low
- UI Quality: Low
- Anti Aliasing: Off
- Enhanced Gun Skins Visuals: Off
- Distortion: Off
- Anisotropic Filtering: 1x
VSync restricts your FPS to 60. Anti Aliasing, while offering a lot of visual benefits, can end up blurring textures. This can lead to visibility issues. Even if your PC can run the game at a decent frame rate, the aforementioned FPS settings will still be optimal for visibility and allow you to perform better.
The ‘Texture Quality’ setting is mainly impacted by the dedicated VRAM on your GPU. Those with less than 4GB should opt for Low, while those that have it should use Medium. If you have at least 8GB of VRAM, you can crank the quality to high without any significant loss in FPS.
The biggest decision you need to make is about the ‘Shadows’. Those suffering from really low FPS (below 60 with regular stutters) will have no choice but to keep them off. Shadows are one of the most demanding elements of the game and will cause low FPS in Valorant. However, they also provide the benefit of being able to see enemies as they turn the corner in certain conditions.
As such, those who do manage to get playable FPS with the shadows set to on should keep this setting. This will provide in-game advantages, and help you defend as well as peek better.
Lastly, remember that all games in general run better on ‘Fullscreen’. However, there have been reports that ‘Windowed Fullscreen’ is the best setting for Valorant. It is best to test this out yourself as it may vary between computers.
Best Valorant PC Settings
You can also tweak settings within your PC to get more FPS. The first thing you want to do is to decrease all of the settings in your Graphics Card Control Panel (similar to how you did in Valorant). Those using a laptop would also want to set the Power Settings to ‘Prefer Maximum Performance’ while in-game.
Next, head to the Valorant root directory, and search for “VALORANT-Win64-Shipping.exe”. Head to Properties, then Compatibility, and check the ‘Disable fullscreen optimizations’ setting.
After that, you also want to head to the Start button, search for ‘Game Mode Settings’, and disable game mode.
What is the Best FPS for Valorant?
For the casual player, 60 FPS will be enough. However, those looking to improve their Valorant ability, progress through the ranks and climb to the top of the ladder need more.
Ideally, you should aim for at least 144 FPS. Once you combine this with a 144 Hz monitor, you will have a vastly smoother experience. Not only that, but a monitor with a higher refresh rate actually allows you to see information on the screen (including enemies) quicker, although the difference is minuscule.
Those looking for the best possible experience can also opt for a 240 Hz monitor. However, remember that the extra price that you pay over the 144 Hz one is probably not worth the minute advantage.
We just took you through the best Valorant settings for high FPS. Not only that, they should also help you see better and therefore make better decisions while in the game. Good luck in the arena!