Hey everyone! In this article, I will talk about sensitivity in Valorant. What exactly is sensitivity, what is DPI, eDPI, and how can you set your sensitivity for the most optimal performance.
Before I proceed, I would like you to know that many players will say there is no such thing as “best sensitivity” and that it’s all a personal preference. That is both correct, and wrong.
There is no best sensitivity per se, but there are certain guidelines backed by real data on why your sensitivity should be in that range, and then tweaked by minor percentages to suit your personal preference.
Let’s start by explaining what’s DPI, eDPI, and in-game sensitivity before I jump into tweaking your sensitivity in Valorant.
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What is DPI?
DPI is short for Dots Per Inch, long story short, it measures how sensitive your mouse is. Gaming brands have marketed DPI as the Holy Grail for way too long and made many people think it’s a magic feature, however, that couldn’t be further from the truth.
If you’re not sure what DPI is your mouse set on, most gaming mouse brands have an app that you can download and set your DPI.
Now that you’ve found your exact DPI, there’s another feature that also changes your mouse’s sensitivity and that’s the in-game sensitivity setting in Valorant. Now that you can tweak both, it’s complicated to know the true sensitivity of someone’s mouse because someone might play at sensitivity 0.5 in-game and DPI at 3200, while someone might have it at 0.5 and DPI at 400, which brings me to the next point.
eDPI in Valorant
eDPI stands for effective DPI. Which is essentially a number that you get when you multiply your DPI with in-game sensitivity.
Meaning that an example from above where a player 1 is at 0.5 in-game sense multiplied by 3200 equals 1600 eDPI, and player 2 is 0.5 x 400 = 200 eDPI. It is now clear that the first player has a lot higher sensitivity than the player 2, exactly 8 times.
Now that you know what eDPI, DPI, and in-game sensitivity are, you can calculate your own and start optimizing it.
Optimizing your Valorant sensitivity
Unlike many other FPS games such as Apex Legends
, Valorant is a tactical FPS. In a tactical shooter, most of the time you do not make large mouse movements, players move slower, players need to stand still to shoot accurately, pre-aim the crosshair, and so on.
Therefore, you do not want a high sensitivity because it will only bring you inaccuracy, especially when you have to aim for a headshot, which is once again, most of the time.
The average eDPI when it comes to pro players is around 250-300. You can check the data here
180 Degree Test
What you want to do here is point your agent forward in practice range and put your mouse at the left edge of your mousepad, then start making a 180 degree turn to the right, at the end your agent should be looking behind relative to the starting position, and your mouse should be at the right-edge of the mousepad.
If your agent was looking anywhere other than directly behind you after you reached the right edge of your mousepad (in most cases unoptimized sens will make you turn even more than 180) you need to lower or raise your sensitivity.
A good starting point is 250 eDPI, there you can start increasing it to 400 or so, depending what suits you the best.
Don’t change your sensitivity often
After you feel comfortable in a certain eDPI range, do not change it for at least a few days, and if you think it’s working out, do not change it anymore. Your muscle memory needs to adapt to the new eDPI and changing it often won’t do you any good.
Mouse acceleration - OFF
In Windows, when you open up the mouse settings (Start bar > Mouse > Additional mouse settings > Pointer options) there’s a feature called Enhanced pointer precision. You need to turn it off right now because it’s a dynamic feature which will increase or decrease your crosshair speed depending on how fast you move.
Also, the pointer speed should be at 6 notches, it’s right above Enhance pointer precision.
Report rate is a feature that many gaming mouses have in their dedicated app, it represents how often your mouse signals to the computer where exactly the position is. Most pro players such as our Valorant boosters
have it set at 1000, so you should go with that too.
Scoped Sensitivity Multiplier
You should keep this option at 1, which then means that your scoped sensitivity is the same as your normal sensitivity. Once again, due to the muscle memory, you don’t want to have two different sensitivity settings.
In case it doesn’t feel right to have it at 1, set it between 0.9 or 1.1.
Mouse and mousepad
Now that you know how low your sensitivity should be, I suggest you get a large enough mousepad if you already don’t have one. A cloth mousepad is much better than a harder one.
A gaming mouse is always a good idea, I will let you research that yourself because I don’t want to advertise mouses, but I personally use a Logitech G series.
Wrapping it up
I hope you learned a lot about sensitivity and that your aim will now be much better.
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