How To Download And Play Valorant

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How To Download And Play Valorant

Learn how to hop into the Valorant action here.

No doubt you’ve heard of Valorant taking over the competitive first-person shooter space and its recent rise to prominence. It will undoubtedly become a top esport in the future and you should definitely consider dipping your toes into the game if you haven’t already. Riot Games launched Valorant as a free-to-play game without the “pay-to-win” aspects that similar games are released with. It's important to note that as of the release of this article, Valorant is exclusively played on PC. So if you’re a Mac, mobile or console gamer, you’re out of luck.

How to Download Valorant

Before getting started, you’ll have to register an account within the Riot client. You can do this by heading over to the Create Account page. If you’ve played League of Legends previously, you can use that account’s log-in information to play the game. If you’ve played League of Legends previously, you can use that log-in information to head straight over to the download page by Signing In.

After entering the Valorant portal, you’ll be greeted by the Download page. From here, click the big red download button and you’ll be able to save the installer to your storage device. Launch the installer as soon as its finished downloading and the Valorant installation process will pop up. All that’s left to do is click install and wait patiently for the game to finish installing on your PC. This part depends heavily on your internet speed but thankfully, the game has a relatively small size under 10 gigabytes.

System Requirements Needed To Play Valorant

Here’s some additional information to consider when looking to download and play Valorant. If you’re playing on a budget system, it may be beneficial to verify that your machine will handle the game in a playable state. All information is taken directly from Riot Games’ official Valorant Specs page.

Minimum Hardware Requirements (~30FPS):

  • Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit)
  • 4GB RAM
  • 1GB VRAM
  • Intel i3-370M CPU
  • Intel HD 3000 GPU

Recommended Minimum Hardware (~60 FPS):

  • Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit)
  • 4GB RAM
  • 1GB VRAM
  • Intel i3-4150 CPU
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 730 GPU

Recommended Hardware (~144+ FPS)

  • Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit)
  • 8GB RAM
  • 4GB VRAM
  • Intel Core i5 4460 (3.2GHz) CPU
  • GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GPU
Yuri Custodio
Yuri is a student at St. Clair College in Windsor ON, studying Esports Administration and Entrepreneurship. Yuri is passionate about all aspects of esports and specializes in League of Legends and Overwatch. He has competed in the Collegiate Overwatch League for his school team - Saints Gaming.