Sensitivity is CRUCIAL when playing First Person Shooter games (FPS), especially in Valorant. Without the correct settings, your gameplay will be frustrating…
We’re here to help you WIN.
We want to help you choose and fine-tune the right Valorant sensitivity settings that fit YOUR style of play.
So if you’re new to Riot Games and you want to play like the pros, here is your ULTIMATE guide to finding the perfect sensitivity for Valorant.
What Are Sensitivity Settings?
Here’s why we’re making this guide: ultimately, sensitivity settings will come down to PERSONAL PREFERENCE.
Finding your perfect sensitivity is a PROCESS. But let us guide you through it.
Firstly, players in any FPS games, whether they are beginner or pro, must be familiar with different sensitivities:
- Mouse Sensitivity
- In-game Sensitivity
- Aim Sensitivity
Adjusting these 3 sensitivities will improve your overall performance in Valorant.
Setting Up Your Mouse Sensitivity:
Your mouse is your best friend in your Valorant journey.
If you want to be serious with your aim and crosshair precision, then setting up proper mouse settings will be a deciding factor.
Mouse sensitivity will determine the agents’ reactions and movements.
Here’s a little crash course all about DPI settings, eDPI, Mouse accelerators, and In-Game sensitivities.
DPI stands for Dots Per Inch and it’s the standard measurement for your mouse sensitivity.
“What does that mean?” you ask?
In its simplest form, the DPI value refers to how many pixels your cursor moves on the screen for every inch you slide your mouse across your desk.
A mouse with a high DPI setting, 1600 and above, will detect and react to smaller movements.
So… Which Mouse DPI Should I Use for Valorant?
As a beginner in Valorant, we don’t recommend using a high sensitivity. Your hands are just not as responsive and stable as the pro players.
We know it sucks to hear… but that’s just part of being a new player and that’s why you have us to guide you!
We recommend playing with a low DPI of 400 or 800. That way, you’ll have smoother, more stable aim and crosshair movements.
This is the same setting we recommend for most FPS games, especially if you mostly use ARs or SMGs.
This DPI range is slow enough for Valorant but you can still browse the web and do other tasks on your computer. It’s a perfect balance!
Can I Still Increase the DPI?
ABSOLUTELY! If you’ve been at it for a while, you can level up your DPI and sensitivity settings.
A higher DPI will enhance pointer precision with the tiniest mouse movements and gestures, perfect for sniping players who need pinpoint accuracy.
You MUST Turn Off This Setting on Windows!
Why is it important to disable Mouse Acceleration on Windows? Well, this is your first step to improving your aim on Valorant.
Enabling mouse acceleration is Windows’ way of helping you as it increases the precision of your mouse cursor.
In FPS games, this setting will ultimately affect the cursor movement and will move the cursor farther depending on how quickly you’re moving your mouse.
Here’s a step by step guide:
- Go to your Windows search bar and type in ‘Mouse Settings’.
- Click on the first option and find ‘Additional Mouse Options’
- Click on the ‘Pointer Options’ tab and under ‘Select a Pointer Speed’ this is where you can increase or decrease your pointer speed.
- For the best results, put the pointer speed on the 6th mark.
- Under it, there should be a box that says ‘Enhance Pointer Precision’ DO NOT TICK THAT BOX. This setting will enable mouse acceleration.
- Don’t forget to click ‘Apply’ to lock in your new settings.
Now, Windows won’t be messing with your mouse movement and you’re ready to move on to your in-game sensitivity!
Improving Your Aim: In-Game Sensitivity on Valorant
The DPI settings and mouse settings are only half of the equation here, Valorant has a built-in sensitivity that needs to be calculated as well, it’s called the Effective DPI.
The eDPI is a formula used to calculate the effective sensitivity of any player, regardless of their hardware or software settings.
Remember, your eDPI is a combination of your DPI and your in-game settings.
In Riot Games, the eDPI is a baseline number that many Valorant players use to compare themselves to other players.
How to Calculate your eDPI:
Who knew math would play a big role in Valorant? We definitely didn’t!
To calculate your eDPI:
In-game sens x Mouse’s DPI
…or you could use an online calculator. It’s fine, we won’t judge you.
On average, Valorant pro players use the default scoped sensitivity of 1.00. We recommend you keep it that way too just to keep things consistent.
Keep in mind if you change your scoped sens, it will also change the field of view as you zoom through the scope which would effectively make your sensitivity slightly faster.
Fine-Tuning Your Sensitivity
Have I found the sensitivity that’s right for ME?
Start with low sensitivity at 0.25 and see how that feels for you.
Game Tip: On your map, try gliding across your mousepad from one end to the other and you should be able to make a 180-degree turn on your screen. If not, increase your value.
If your sensitivity improves more at 0.45 than 0.25, then you can make that your new baseline value.
The smaller the increment added and subtracted, the better and more precise your aim sensitivity will be.
Remember, you are going to be tailoring your mouse DPI and sensitivity to whatever feels comfortable so expect changes to these settings along the way.
Your Hand Movements:
When you’re fine-tuning your Valorant sensitivity, your hand movements and style matter, too. That’s why you can’t just copy pro players’ settings and expect results.
First off, you want to experiment with different pivot points, meaning your ability to move your mouse. So pick a spot on your map and move your mouse. Do you mostly move your wrist or your forearm?
- If you’re the type to move your entire forearm, low sensitivity will be better for you.
- But if your pivot point is your wrist, high sensitivity is going to be much better because you can cover and swap around most angles with your wrist.
The goal here is to build enough muscle memory.
So Should I Have Low Sens Or High Sens?
Here’s a pro player tip: the closer to your hand your pivot point is, you will most likely be on the higher end of the sensitivity spectrum.
If speed and accuracy are important to you, you’ll want to aim at your target with the least wrist movements.
- Low sensitivity will give you more room for error when trying to hit your shots and you’re less likely to lock up because you’re not using as much wrist.
- Higher sensitivity is better for sniper types of players.
Extra Tips and Reminders:
Tip #1: Get a Good Mouse!
We’ll be honest here: you won’t get very far if you’re using a crappy, $5 office mouse to play Valorant.
That doesn’t mean you have to spend thousands of dollars…but you might want to invest in the best gaming mouse.
With a gaming mouse, you can adjust your sensitivity settings and mouse settings at higher DPIs.
Take into account these mouse properties when you’re deciding on which mouse to get.
Good news for you, here are some of the best mice we recommend. The best part? Your game will change FOR THE BETTER.
Tip #2: A Good Mouse Is Nothing Without a Good Mousepad!
So now you’ve got the best mouse in the market but you’ve got a standard 7-inch mousepad? Bad news: your standard office mousepad is not gonna get you far either.
A good mousepad will help you develop the correct mouse movement this way, you have enough room to move around.
We’ve talked about comfort a lot, but Valorant players have to be comfortable with their mouse gestures. You will be much more consistent with your shots and aim.
We recommend at least an 18 inch or 44 cm mousepad. Here are some options we can recommend that won’t break the bank!
- Corsair MM350 Pro ($39.99)
- Razer Gigantus V2 ($9.99)
- Glorious PC Gaming Race 3XL Extended ($54.99)
- Logitech G440 ($29.99)
- Corsair MM1000 ($29.99)
Tip #3: Practice Proper Posture!
LONG TERM HEALTH is an important factor when choosing sensitivity.
Let’s be real, you’ll be spending hours glued to the screen, playing and honing your skills in the game, so practicing proper posture and ergonomics will be beneficial for your muscle memory in the long run.
Trust us, ignoring these factors will be a HINDRANCE to your development and performance. It can even lead to very serious injuries.
Just another reason why getting the BEST EQUIPMENT, things like getting a good screen, audio equipment, mouse, and mousepad are important in Valorant.
In Valorant, there are NO shortcuts to improvement.
But as a new gamer, finding a comfortable sensitivity that is fine-tuned to your playing style will make you a better player AND you can expect BETTER results.
Once you find your sensitivity…stick with it and you’ll be playing like the pros in no time.