Min-spec GPU requirements have been increased due to Unreal Engine changes.
Shader Model 4 (SM4) in Epic Games’ Unreal Engine is being depreciated and Shader Model 5 (SM5) is now a requirement.
As a result, VALORANT’s minimum spec GPU requirement has been increased from the Intel HD 3000 to the Intel HD 4000.
Game Director, Joe Ziegler added:
The Intel HD 3000 integrated graphics solution was released back in 2011, as part of the Sandy Bridge line of processors. Found in many laptops introduced around that time, the 32 nm HD 3000 can struggle running modern games like CS:GO, Fortnite, and, of course, VALORANT. At the lowest settings, VALORANT players reported seeing frame rates between 20-30 fps.
Launched in 2012, the Intel HD 4000 gives a bit of a boost as it’s a part of the 22 nm Ivy Bridge line of processors. The HD 4000’s architecture allows it to run SM5 at Riot’s promised 30 fps as part of the minimum spec requirements.
While VALORANT will still run on lower spec GPUs, there may be compatibility issues the VALORANT team cannot fix.
VALORANT’s Hardware requirements are now, as follows:
- Minimum Spec - 30 FPS:
- CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400
- GPU: Intel HD 4000
- Recommended Spec - 60 FPS:
- CPU: Intel i3-4150
- GPU: GeForce GT 730
- High-End Spec - 144+ FPS:
- CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz
- GPU: GTX 1050 Ti
- PC Hardware Requirements:
- Windows 7/8/10 64-bit
- 4GB RAM
- 1GB of VRAM