Since Valorant relies heavily on your mouse settings and in-game mouse sensitivity, finding the right balance with your mouse settings (especially sensitivity) is key to improving in the game. For Valorant, the perfect mouse DPI is 800, which is neither too slow nor too fast.
When choosing your Valorant sensitivity settings, you should consider your preferences. If you like using automatic weapons that can spray enemies like the Phantom or the Vandal, consider having higher sensitivity. If you prefer using weapons like the Operator, consider a lower sensitivity range between 300 and 450 eDPI since it is easier to adjust your crosshair.
Another thing to consider in having a low sensitivity is your physical surroundings. For example, if you have limited space for your mouse, I suggest playing with high sensitivity since playing with low sensitivity requires massive mouse movement.
Overall, the optimal sensitivity for Valorant differs per player, but the rule of thumb states that the eDPI is between 200-400. Professional players like Tenz Valorant settings and Shroud Valorant settings have an eDPI of 352 and 351, respectively.
Testing the Perfect eDPI for Valorant
Having an extremely low eDPI can result in a slow reaction to shots fired by enemies, a flank, or a flash, while having a higher DPI than usual can make accurately clicking or tapping your opponent's heads challenging.
To find out if your Valorant mouse sensitivity and in-game sensitivity are perfect, you should perform the 180° test. Here's how to do it:
Put your mouse on the leftmost part of your mousepad.
Drag the mouse horizontally to the right-most part of the mousepad.
If your agent made a 180° turn, meaning your agent is looking at the same spot after performing the test, it means you have a perfect eDPI. If your agent didn't make a complete turn, it might be better to increase your eDPI.
Remember, different players have different sensitivity settings, so it's best to practice before using it in competitive matches. After all, the best way to kill enemies with one tap comes with muscle memory.
What is eDPI?
To understand eDPI, it's crucial to first grasp what DPI (Dots Per Inch) means. DPI measures how far the cursor moves per inch of mouse movement. For instance, if you use 1600 DPI, the mouse cursor moves 1600 pixels for every inch of mouse movement.
This results in the cursor moving large distances across the screen with just a slight mouse movement. Typically, the average mouse has a DPI of 400-800, while gaming mice can have 4000 DPI or more.
However, it's important to note that DPI is different from your in-game sensitivity settings, especially in Valorant and other first-person shooting (FPS) games. DPI relates to the capabilities of your mouse (hardware), while sensitivity is a setting on your computer (software).
Matching a low DPI mouse with high in-game sensitivity can make your movement bumpy and imprecise, whereas a high DPI mouse with low in-game sensitivity leads to accurate, smoother movement.
As gamers, we often look to emulate the in-game settings of professional players and streamers, such as crosshairs and keybind settings. This is where eDPI comes in. eDPI (Effective Dots Per Inch) is calculated by multiplying your mouse DPI by your in-game sensitivity. It offers a way to compare settings across different hardware setups, whether you're using high-end or budget mice.