The gaming community, from both casual gamers to esports enthusiasts has been buzzing with news and gameplay from VALORANT, since the original announcement in October of last year. Riot Games, creators of the international esports juggernaut, League of Legends, have positioned VALORANT to be the next breakthrough in the competitive First-Person Shooter scene.
VALORANT is a 5v5 Tactical team-based FPS that has been built from the ground up for competitive esports gamers. Competitive features such as 128-Tick public servers, robust anti-cheat, and a detailed in-game aim training/scenario dry-running range demonstrates Riot’s commitment to make VALORANT the next globally renowned FPS esports title. Counter-Strike and Overwatch players will feel right at home taking on the strategic combat and team-based decision making present in the closed beta. If you have ever wanted to get into competitive esports for FPS games but felt that you were too far behind in the learning curve, now is the perfect time to start playing and master your skills.
Multiplayer matches are 5v5 and are designed around an Attack/Defense style mode where the Attackers must plant the Spike on the Defender objectives. Multiplayer matches go until a team wins 13 rounds, with half-time having both teams switching sides. Multiplayer matches in VALORANT are dynamic as a result of players having to choose an Agent at the start of each game, each with their own unique abilities. Whether you are using Brimstone to smoke out the objective for your push or using Sova to scan any attacking players that might be lurking Infront of you, the Agents your team selects will have a drastic impact on the strategies your team can use in-game.
VALORANT has positioned itself to be a global esports phenomenon (Similar to League of Legends), and the design/graphical decisions reflect that. While older systems are designed to deliver a 30 FPS experience, platforms built around the AMD RyzenTM 7 3800X processor and RadeonTM RX 5000 series graphics cards can easily target 200+ FPS on average at maximum settings1.
To further improve the experience, we recommend pairing with a high refresh rate, AMD FreeSyncTM Premium monitor2, to enable stutter free and tear free gaming at resolutions of 1080p and beyond.
Gaming experience technologies, such as Radeon Anti-Lag in the latest Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 2020, help reduce input lag and improve the responsiveness to your game3. Of course, head to amd.com to grab the latest RadeonTM Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition to get the latest optimizations and features.
With the first year of the competitive scene being community ran, VALORANT’s Free-to-Play structure is sure to entice gamers from all avenues. We at AMD are very much looking forward to the creativity and competitive spirit of the community when the game launches June 2, 2020.
Adit Bhutani is the Product Marketing Specialist for Radeon and Gaming at AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied. GD-5
1: Testing done by AMD performance labs 05/29/2020 on RX 580, RX 5500XT, 5600XT, 5700, 5700XT graphics cards with AMD driver 20.4.2, Ryzen 7 3800X processor, 16GB DDR4-3200MHz, GIGABYTE X570 AORUS MASTER, FG5 bios, Win10 Pro x64 18362.175. Game tested was VALORANT. Performance may vary. RX-494
2: AMD FreeSyncTM technology requires AMD RadeonTM graphics and a display that supports FreeSync technology as certified by AMD. AMD FreeSyncTM Premium technology adds requirements of mandatory low framerate compensation and at least 120 Hz refresh rate at minimum FHD. AMD FreeSyncTM Premium Pro technology adds requirements for the display to meet AMD FreeSync Premium Pro compliance tests. See www.amd.com/freesync for complete details. Confirm capability with your system manufacturer before purchase. GD-127
3: RadeonTM Anti-Lag is compatible with DirectX 9, DirectX 11, DirectX 12 and Vulkan APIs; Windows 7 and 10. Hardware compatibility includes GCN and newer consumer dGPUs and Ryzen 2000 and newer APUs, including hybrid and detachable graphics configurations. No mGPU support. Certain features require Adrenalin 2020 or later. GD-157