Riot Games released its FPS tactical character-based game, Valorant, almost a year ago. Ever since its inception, the title has seen some major additions in terms of content and game updates. Despite all these efforts, Valorant is still experiencing FPS drops irrespective of which hardware you play on.
Valorant has come a long way from being in the beta phase to full launch. The game has shrouded the minds of many players with its enticing animations, exceptional graphics, and Agents. However, the title still falls short of making sure that the players enjoy smooth and undisturbed gameplay.
As the majority of players are still reporting sudden frame rate drops and no one seems to know why. It was anticipated that after Patch 2.05 update these issues will be resolved. However, to our dismay, this did not happen because players are still experiencing similar issues. And just when we thought it couldn’t get any worse, even more players started facing FPS drops after Patch 2.06 was deployed.
The FPS frame rate drop issue initially arrived when Patch 1.05 was added to the game. Fortunately, a Redditor “mackfan” came up with a theory back then to address the cause of this issue. He affiliated the root of the issue with the affinity of the CPU and presented a solution, which seemed to work. Considering it’s the same issue, a logical explanation could be that the 2.06 Patch could have triggered the title to use 1 out of 4 CPU cores available.
With that being said, it is possible that following the same set of steps provided before by “mackfan” could solve this issue again. However, we are not sure if it would actually work considering the fix is quite old and the game has received several latest updates.
Steps To Fix The FPS Drop Issue in Valorant
Given below are the steps of instructions provided by the Redditor “mackfan” to solve or check this issue in the past.
- Launch Valorant, and minimize the game
- Open your Task Manager (by right-clicking the Windows Task Bar and clicking “Task Manager”)
- Click “More details”, and select the “Processes” tab
- Right click Valorant, and select “Go to details”
- Right click “VALORANT-WIN64-Shipping.exe”, and select “Set Affinity”
- A window will pop up showing which CPU threads are currently enabled for Valorant. If they’re all checked, this fix probably doesn’t apply to you. If there’s only a couple checked off and everything else is unchecked? Check the box “<All Processors>”, and click OK
- Repeat step #5 and 6, but on “VALORANT.exe”
Hopefully, this fix will solve the issue for now. Riot Games is also aware of the problem and they are in process of fixing it as soon as possible.