Valorant Review , Release Date , System Requirements
My number-one worry was that Valorant wouldn’t nail the fundamentals of Counter-Strike-style movement and gunplay, the foundation for techniques like flicking, boosting, and pop-flashing that give CS so much of its depth.
The way this stuff is tuned matters a lot. After a day of feeling it out, Valorant’s basic Laws of Motion seem to create sound, deep gunplay. Crouch-peeking is viable, but feels slower than CS. The movement penalty for being hit is pretty severe—like CS, crossing open gaps is deadly, and you’re probably not going to dance out of a bad situation. It’ll take more time to feel this out, but so far I’m encouraged that the addition of character abilities hasn’t undermined the focus on raw technique.
Tyler: I’m here to provide the non-CS player scrub opinion, and from my point of view, yes: flicking, boosting, and pop-flashing are words.
Players sure can make a lot of walls
Evan: Valorant doesn’t have conventional smoke grenades, but five of its nine characters wield different walling abilities that damage, body block, and otherwise obstruct choke points. Viper’s poisonous Toxic Screen is particularly powerful, as it can be placed once, has a huge, variable-length span, and once set, can be reactivated anytime from any position. Sage’s Barrier Orbs, which are purchasable consumables, are a stack of three giant ice cubes that can be destroyed. Brimstone’s Sky Smoke can be precision-targeted to different map areas, launched instantly at the start of a round to block key points.
When two or three of these obstructions are going up in succession, it can feel pretty annoying. If I’m attacking, I either have to wait for it to resolve or rotate to a different bombsite. I don’t love the idea of a meta that partly revolves around how many times a team can delay a push.
Valorant Release Date
When is Valorant’s release date? Riot hasn’t officially confirmed a release date for Valorant, but it’s planning to release it in the summer of 2020. The exact release date will depend on feedback received during Valorant’s beta
Valorant PC Hardware Requirements
- OS: Windows 7/8/10 64-bit
- RAM: 4GB
- VRAM: 1GB
These are the bare minimum hardware requirements you’ll need to meet in order to run Valorant at all–as you can see, it isn’t very demanding. Keep reading for more detailed system specs in the sections below.
Valorant PC Minimum System Specs
- CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400
- GPU: Intel HD 3000
With this setup, you’ll be able to run Valorant at 30 FPS.
Valorant PC Recommended System Specs
- CPU: Intel i3-4150
- GPU: Geforce GT 730
With this setup, you’ll be able to run Valorant at the recommended 60 FPS.
Valorant PC High-End System Specs
- CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz
- GPU: GTX 1050 Ti