Masakari played competitive FPS Games, for example, Valorant (Rank Immortal), for over 20 years. He played finals on LAN events, fought with reUnited against the top clans of the German Counter-Strike scene (Mousesports, Deutschlands Kranke Horde, A-Losers, etc.), and is still in contact with a lot of pro players.
The post’s title is a bit clickbait, sorry, because which curved monitor is the best for Valorant or FPS games in general? Unfortunately, none at all. That’s not just our opinion and experience, but that’s what Gaming Gear’s analysis of over 1000 pro gamers shows. We already wrote a post about it, the link of which you can find at the end of this post.
However, we would like to answer a few questions about using curved monitors for Valorant. Maybe you already have one or need a little help deciding before buying a good gaming monitor.
Note: This article was written in English. Translations into other languages may not provide the same linguistic quality. We apologize for grammatical and semantic errors.
Do Valorant Pro Gamers Use Curved Monitors?
An analysis of 224 Valorant Pro gamers with data from Prosettings.net shows that no single gamer currently uses a curved monitor. Instead, 100% of the gamers use flat screens.
We have shown the disadvantages of curved screens for FPS games here:
Does Valorant Support Curved Ultrawide Monitors in 4:3 or 16:9?
Ultrawide monitors are not natively supported in Valorant. There are several methods to still achieve the resolution for an ultrawide screen without black bars. Each method has its drawbacks and is a compromise.
Two methods are explained in this video:
The first method has the obvious disadvantage that a second monitor is needed. Some graphics cards might cause in-game stuttering when multiple monitors are active.
The second method forces Valorant to be played in windowed fullscreen mode. This mode may have a negative effect on maximum FPS and input lag.
If you want to make one of these compromises, these tricks will work.
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What Monitors Are Used at Valorant Masters?
Generally, Valorant uses hardware from the main sponsors at major finals. In this case, BenQ provided all monitors. At the last Valorant Masters, the pro gamers played with the BenQ Zowie XL2546 model. At future events, the newer BenQ Zowie XL2546S monitor will be used.
If you want more details on BenQ monitors, you can read about the models here on Amazon, for example.
Masakari and I have always done well buying the same gear as the best pros in a specific game. If you want to play on the same level, then gaming gear of the same quality is the least you can do.
We have done an analysis not only on Valorant pro-gamers but also on pro-gamers of other FPS games. You can find the main post about the topic here:
Final Thoughts on Curved Monitors for Playing Valorant
We are rarely negative about technology. Curved monitors make more sense than flat screens for many applications (Netflix 😉 ), but we are talking about first-person shooters here. For hand-eye coordination in Valorant, clear image quality plus low latencies during fast movements is the basis for a player’s performance.
Masakari and I don’t have two opinions about it, and more importantly, a representative mass of pro gamers see it the same way.
Curved monitors are unsuitable for FPS games.
Not because of the immersive experience – which is, of course, better than with flat screens, but because of numerous disadvantages that occur when playing FPS games.
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