What You Need to Know About the Valorant System Requirements


by in Valorant | Mar, 11th 2020

Riot’s upcoming first-person shooter has garnered quite a lot of attention for a multitude of reasons. Regardless of anyone’s opinion, it’s hard not to be impressed at the hype they’ve created in a short time. But before we delve any deeper into the game itself and how it may or may not pan out, let’s take a closer look at the Valorant system requirements.

Any video game out there requires adequate hardware for it to run properly. Sometimes these requirements are meek and modest. Other times, however, it feels like you need to sell a kidney (or two) just to crank up the settings. When it comes to esports titles, the former is mostly the case. Games like Overwatch and Apex Legends are somewhat of an exception. For League of Legends, Rocket League, Dota 2 and, say, Hearthstone, you can play them on any kind of computer — integrated graphics cards included. The overall experience might not be that spectacular. However, you’ll still have fun, given that you tinker with the settings a bit.

By having modest hardware requirements, developers can make their product accessible to as many players as possible. For esports, this is an absolute must. Fortunately, Riot Games has the tendency to optimize their products. Their upcoming first-person shooter is no exception. To say that the Valorant system requirements are moderate would be an understatement.

If you don’t have a spec’d-out beast of a computer but still want to enjoy the game once it’s released, you’re in luck!

Minimum Valorant System Requirements

To play the game in 30 FPS, you’ll need the following:

CPU — Intel i3-370M

GPU — Intel HD 3000

If you’re scratching your head after reading this, know that you’re not in the minority. How they were able to run Valorant at such ancient hardware is anyone’s guess. This is truly some next-level wizardry. Integrated Intel HD graphics are generally very weak, and the 3000 series was the very first of its kind, meaning it’s even worse than “weak.”

It’s important to note that the game won’t look particularly nice if you’re running this kind of hardware. But at least you’ll have a stable enough frame rate. Seeing how Valorant is a fast-paced first-person shooter, you want to have as high of an FPS count as possible, so this is not the best way to game. Still, it’s enough if you aim to play casually.

Recommended Valorant System Requirements

If you want to game in 60 FPS, you’ll need the following:

CPU — Intel i3-4150

GPU — Nvidia GeForce GT 730

Both components listed above are very old by now. The GPU will be six years old by the time Valorant sees the light of day, with the CPU around the same age. If you’ve played any esports title released over the last few years and have a machine as strong as this one, you can play Valorant in 60 FPS no doubt.

Optimal Valorant System Requirements

Finally, to reach the 144 FPS mark (and above), you’ll need the following hardware:

CPU — Intel Core i5-4460

GPU — GTX 1050 Ti

This is more than acceptable from a price-to-performance standpoint. We’re talking about a four-core, four-thread processor that’s more than half a decade old, and a graphics card you can get used for around $70. To play the game maxed out, you need hardware that’s not only old but also cheap.

Almost anyone with a computer can play Valorant in at least 30 FPS. Any laptop sold in the last five or so years will be more than enough. The same goes for any graphics card. Processors have never been this affordable with AMD’s Ryzen series ushering in a different kind of hardware status quo. Even the Ryzen 3 1200, bought used for $40, will be more than enough with respectable frame rates and graphical settings.

Now, we’ve seen Valorant gameplay. While the game does skew more towards Team Fortress 2 than Overwatch (graphics-wise), it’s still a beautiful game brimming with life and detail. It’s by no means bland or uninteresting, which makes this whole thing that much more amazing. The fact that Riot designed and build the game from the ground up with the budget-conscious gamer in mind will pay off tenfold.

It’s a win-win situation. The players won’t have to worry about their hardware and can play the game the way it’s supposed to be played. Riot can as many computers and households as possible. This is sort of what happened with League of Legends as well. Not only is it free to play, but it’s also insanely well optimized and can run even on an ancient laptop.

Closing Remarks

Some are calling Valorant the “CS:GO killer.” Others, however, are saying that it’s going to become the next Overwatch and even eclipse Blizzard’s lucrative IP. What’ll happen is anyone’s guess at this point. There’s still a lot that we don’t know. However, seeing how Valorant’s release date is months away, we’re bound to find out more soon. What’s for certain, however, is the fact that Riot is using the exact same strategy as with League of Legends. We all know how that whole thing panned out.

Valorant ticks all the right boxes — free to play? Check. Low system requirements? Check. Fast-paced, addictive gameplay? Check. Attractive visuals and deep mechanics? Check. It feels like Valorant won’t even have to compete with CS:GO and Overwatch as it brings many unique elements to the table and will probably carve out a niche for itself.

In any case, we’re all dying to find out whether it really is the “next big thing.” Riot has a stellar track record, so it’s hard not to trust them on this one almost by default.

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