How to Increase FPS in Valorant

There are two game genres that really benefit the most from high framerate per second or fps: action real-time strategy games or online battle arenas and first-person shooters.

The first reason is due to the online multiplayer nature of the game. Every action is done in real-time with real players all over the world. Second, it’s because of the gameplay itself and how fast-paced it is. Third, having a high fps reduces a lot of visual mess and really helps in being successful in such games, especially as these game genres are highly reliant on identifying and attacking enemies.

Valorant, like most first-person shooter games, benefits a lot from really good fps.

Sadly, increasing one’s framerate in the game isn’t just about tweaking some settings here and there. If it were that easy, everyone would have stable framerates and no one would be complaining!

The truth is, the majority of your fps woes can easily be solved by upgrading hardware. Though for obvious reasons, that isn’t an easy option for some.

What if we told you that there actually is a way to increase fps even if you have a low-end PC? In that same line, maybe your mid to high-end PC is bottlenecking and the fps that you’re experiencing isn’t what you would expect with your build?

Worry not! In this article, we’re going to teach you how to increase FPS in Valorant without having to go out to your nearest PC store to dish out $200. While you’re not going to see an exponential increase, we promise you, you’re going to feel the difference and you’re going to be thankful you did it!

What is fps?

Let’s start with the basics. Framerate per second or fps, in technical terms, is the speed by which images are displayed.

For example, think of those old film rolls where there are holes on the side and boxes in the middle. When you put it in front of a light, you’ll see that the boxes or frames have a picture. Old movies are basically meters upon meters of these film rolls and the rolls are successively shown through a projector at a really fast rate. That’s probably why films are also called “motion picture”, because projectors are tricking the mind into seeing something that’s moving when in reality, it’s just a lot of pictures being shown.

Now, back to today’s definition of fps, the concept is really quite similar. This means that the higher your fps is, the more “pictures” are shown. When you are experiencing very slow fps, there’ll be times when the screen won’t be moving and you’re just seeing what is essentially just an image.

Fps, not to be confused with “first-person shooter” which is also “FPS”, is important in online multi-player games that are real-time because it affects what you see, thereby also affecting your decision-making in-game.

Play in Fullscreen Mode

This also applies to any game, honestly. Why is that so?

If you’re playing Valorant in fullscreen, Windows and the graphics driver grant the game full control of the entire screen. This means other applications that are open outside of the game aren’t easily accessible and you can’t mouse over outside of the game. This is especially evident if you have a second monitor.

Disable Fullscreen Optimization

We recommended that you play in fullscreen, and yet, we’re also telling you to turn fullscreen optimization off?

Well, for us, being in fullscreen is already way more optimized than windowed anyway. So, what’s the point?

Fullscreen optimization is actually a feature of Windows. Supposedly, it should help with better game performance. Some Valorant players have noted, however, that they’re not really helping that much and are even affecting fps. It might be because the function isn’t that well-made. It could also be because of what your computer is and how high-end or low-end it is.

Generally, if you have a high-end PC, you can leave the fullscreen optimization as it is and it won’t affect anything since your PC is already too good. If you have a mid to low-end PC, it’s better to disable fullscreen optimization.

To disable this Windows function, you can either search for the file “VALORANT-Win64-Shipping” or you can manually look for it by going to the Valorant game folder, clicking the “live” folder and then opening the “ShooterGame” folder. Next, go to the “Binaries” folder and the “Win64” folder thereafter. Scroll down until you see the file “VALORANT-Win64-Shipping”. It should have the pink Valorant logo.

Right-click on that file and go to “Properties”. On the tabs above, click “Compatibility”. Under the Settings area, there should be a tick box that says “Disable fullscreen optimization”. Click on that tick box and apply changes.

Tweak Several In-Game Settings

These are a couple of things, so bear with us.

First, under the “Map” settings which can be found under the General tab, make sure your “Keep Player Centered” setting is turned off while the map should be on “Rotate”.

Next, disable the extra visual clutters in the game. This includes turning off mature content, corpses, blood, and bullet tracers. These are also in the General tab.

Third, match your screen ratio and resolution or lower it. It’s completely your choice but, obviously, if you lower the ratio to something smaller, there will be stretching and it definitely won’t be pleasing to look at.

Last but not least, turn all graphics quality settings into low. You can find those settings in the Video tab and “Graphics Quality”.

Comparisons

This first picture is with the graphic settings all in high, fullscreen windowed, and fullscreen optimization on. To see the fps, you can go to Video > Stats > and turn Client FPS on in either “Text Only” or “Show Both”.

In this second picture, we’ve applied all the recommended ways to Increase FPS in Valorant.

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