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Valorant system requirements: What do I need to run the game?

Riot Games’ new shooter should run well on lots of different computers

Jett from Valorant stands in front of the game’s logo Image: Riot Games
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Valorant is Riot’s new tactical shooter, and it’s going to be playable on more computers than you might think. As with any competitive first-person shooter, the focus of the game’s performance is mostly on getting as many frames as possible, and that means Riot is focused on making it run well on as many machines as possible.

There are specific requirements for graphics cards and processors that Riot is recommending depending on how many frames-per-second you’re hoping to get. But Riot also has a few minimum specs that it recommends every player have regardless of the rest of their set up.

PC Hardware recommendations

  • Windows 7/8/10 64 bit
  • 4GB RAM
  • 1GB VRAM

Minimum Specs — 30 FPS

According to Riot, the baseline hardware that you’ll need to run the game at just 30 frames-per-second is basically equivalent to an older laptop, and won’t even need a dedicated graphics card. Unfortunately, at just 30 FPS, you won’t have the easiest time out-aiming players with faster computers, but you’ll at least be able to play Valorant pretty well.

  • CPU: Intel i3-370M
  • GPU: Intel HD 3000

Recommended Specs — 60 FPS

60 FPS should give players a pretty good experience with the game. Running the game with these specs should let you hang with just about anyone in terms of aim, and your computer shouldn’t slow down when abilities start going off and rounds start to get chaotic.

  • CPU: Intel i3-4150
  • GPU: Geforce GT 730

High-end Specs — 144+ FPS

These are the specs you’ll want if you want to be the hardest of hardcore Valorant players. At 144 FPS you’ll be maxing out most consumer monitors’ refresh rates, and guaranteeing that you’re seeing every frame the game can give you. As far as this kind of top-end performance goes, these specs aren’t particularly demanding, and most gaming computers built within the last few years should have no trouble getting Valorant to run at over 144 FPS. Of course, just like any shooter, more frames may help you see things better, but the frames can’t learn to aim for you.

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz
  • GPU: GTX 1050 Ti

Players will get their chance to see where their gaming computer stacks up when Valorant is released sometime this summer.