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How to get stretched res in Valorant? Black Bar issue explained

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When playing an FPS title, things that might seem irrelevant or small can significantly affect your game. Everything from your movement, crosshair placement, weapon knowledge, and situational awareness comes into play.

This also includes your resolution. As you would’ve noticed, many pro and amateur players play in a stretched resolution to give themselves an extra advantage. If you want to try out the same, here’s how to get stretched resolutions in Valorant.

Also read: Valorant error code 59: Quick Fix


Valorant stretched res explained

While stretched resolutions don’t impact the actual game, they do make everything stretched. This might sound obvious, but it makes your targets look slightly bigger on screen, giving you some room when it comes to aiming or flicking. Do keep in mind that it doesn’t change the actual target hitbox; it just makes the target look bigger.

Getting stretched res on Valorant is quite easy and can be done using two methods:

  • By changing Nvidia/AMD system control settings
  • By changing Valorant’s in-game settings

If you’re on a laptop, chances are the first method isn’t going to work for you as laptops tend to run their internal and, in some cases, external displays using their integrated GPU. On the other hand, changing your resolution to make the game appear stretched can also be done from in-game settings and works on both PCs and laptops.

Here are the steps you need to follow.

Step 1: Open Valorant and head to your Video settings. If you’re in-game, you can do this by clicking the settings gear icon in the top left or via the Escape key menu.

Step 2: Under the Resolution drop-down, select a resolution in a different aspect ratio from your monitor’s native setting. For example, if you have a 16:9 aspect ratio monitor, we suggest you use a 4:3 aspect ratio resolution for the best effect.

Step 3: Click the Apply button below and your game should now appear stretched.

If you see black bars at the top and bottom of the screen, go back to Video settings and make sure the Aspect Ratio Method is set to fill.

If you’re using an aspect ratio not supported by your monitor, generally, you’ll see black bars on the top and bottom of the screen. Online forum chatter suggests Valorant has fixed the issue in a recent update. So, if you’re still facing the black bars in the stretched res issue while playing Valorant, check if the game has been updated. Other than that, as mentioned in the video, use the ‘Fill’ option in the aspect ratio settings.

Also read: How to find Valorant server status?

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: yadullahabidi@pm.me.

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