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Valorant Sensitivity Settings: How to Identify Your “Natural” Sensitivity

Abhimannu Das
11/Feb/2021 10:56 am

Valorant sensitivity settings can be tricky to figure out specially if you are transitioning from faster-paced games like Overwatch or Apex Legends.
Due to the low mobility in Valorant, lower sensitivity settings are recommended for all agents.
It is recommended to increase or decrease your sensitivity in increments instead of making jarring changes.

Valorant sensitivity settings can differ from person to person, and there is no “best” sensitivity that you can pick up and use comfortably. A large part of having a great aim in any FPS game is playing on the right settings that suit you. Your real-life hand movement and desk space dictate the correct Valorant sensitivity settings for you. Higher sensitivity is ideal for players who prefer limited hand movement, while lower sensitivity requires large movements and sufficient desk space. Changing Valorant sensitivity frequently can mess with your muscle memory, and it is recommended to not change your Valorant sensitivity settings drastically. 

Why Is Low Sensitivity Preferred by Most Pros?

While there are pro players who have high Valorant sensitivity settings, most players prefer lower sensitivity. This is true for not just Valorant but any competitive shooter out there. You can use cm/360 as the common unit of measurement regardless of what game you are playing. It dictates how many centimeters of hand movement you need to do to turn 360 degrees in-game. 

Most pro players have anything between 25-50 cm/360 as their ideal sensitivity. CS:GO pro S1mple has a sensitivity of 33.6 cm/360, while Fortnite player Ninja uses 29.4cm/360. You do not need to measure your mousepad's distance as your muscle memory can easily recall what your “natural” sensitivity feels like. You can use this handy tool to convert your sensitivity across multiple games. 

Pro players use lower Valorant sensitivity settings because the wrist is far less accurate than the whole arm. Lower sensitivities allow you to use your whole arm and make more extensive and more comfortable strokes at higher accuracy. It is also easier to flick your arm, but you also need a large mousepad and sufficient desk space. Higher sensitivity is preferred if you have limited desk space and have good aim using your wrist. If you feel more comfortable using high sensitivity and feel that you are happy with your aim, there is no reason to swap your sensitivity. 

How to Find The Right Valorant Sensitivity Settings

ValorantYou can use the JSCalc tool to find the sweet spot for all games.

Finding the right Valorant sensitivity settings depends on the game you are playing. If you need to continuously move your mouse, using lower sensitivity is recommended for more precise aiming. CS:GO and Valorant are slower-paced than Overwatch or Apex Legends, which have extremely high mobility. It is safer to use lower sensitivity in Valorant than something like Overwatch. Here is a simple way to find the right settings for yourself: 

  1. Load into Valorant’s training range. 
  2. Try to keep your mouse locked to a target while strafing. 
  3. Increase your sensitivity a little if you are unable to do so and try again. 
  4. If you can track comfortably, try reducing the sensitivity a little and see if you can still track your targets. 

Ideally, you want to find the sweet spot where your sensitivity is as low as possible without straining your hand. You want to be able to comfortably track your targets at the lowest sensitivity that you find comfortable. If you want to lower your sensitivity proactively, always do it in increments instead of making jarring changes, which can disorient your muscle memory. Forcing yourself into Valorant sensitivity settings you are not comfortable with will hurt you in the long term.

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Abhimannu Das is a part of the content team at AFK Gaming and a lifelong obsessive gamer. He is covering content on esports titles like VALORANT, CS: GO, Call of Duty, Fortnite, PUBG and more. He also writes opinion pieces, cover stories and conducts interviews with esports professionals.