Counter Strike 2 system requirements

Counter Strike poster image featuring 2 characters with guns
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Counter Strike poster image featuring 2 characters with guns
Credit: Paddymazz

Valve has confirmed that Counter Strike 2 will be released this summer, with its beta in full swing. A select group of players has been asked to test the game, & Valve has made several improvements to the graphics, VFX, audio, and various other elements. Because of this, existing CS: GO players are unsure if Counter Strike 2 will run smoothly on their computers or not. Therefore we have provided the Counter Strike 2 system requirements in detail below.

As we get closer to the full Counter Strike 2 release date, the requirements may change, so we'll keep you up to date.

Also, if you are wondering whether Counter Strike 2 is coming to the console or it is free to play or not, we've got the answers for you.

Counter Strike 2 system requirements

Some of Counter Strike 2's features have been kept a secret by Valve, and the game's system requirements have not been made public. If you can play Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO) right now, you will likely be fine for the sequel, since the publisher is upgrading all current CS: GO players to Counter-Strike 2 as part of a free update.

Though it's likely that low-end PCs won't be able to enjoy the game due to a lot of changes that are being made. Below are the expected requirements for the game:

Recommended Requirements

  • A 64-bit OS, preferably Windows 10/11
  • Intel Core i5-2500K or an AMD FX-6300 processor
  • 8GB of RAM
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 or an AMD Radeon HD 7850 GPU
  • DirectX Version11
  • An active internet connection.
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  • 50GB of storage space.
Official CS 2 poster featuring a character with gun
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Counter Strike 2 changes

A few brief clips outlining upcoming improvements for Counter Strike 2 were released by Valve as part of the reveal. The next game has been dubbed the "largest technical leap forward" in the franchise's history by Valve in a blog post on Steam.

Counter Strike 2 will take advantage of all the functions and resources offered by the Source 2 engine. The new lighting system, reflections, and physics were added by Valve, while also upgrading some vintage maps and completely rebuilding others.

The company will additionally provide the community access to the Source 2 tools and rendering features. Users will be able to make maps of their own and test out new features thanks to this.

Moving, shooting, as well as grenade throwing are no longer reliant on the server's refresh rate thanks to a unique sub-tick framework that Valve built in order to improve the tick rate system for gameplay and user experience. Because servers will know the precise moment that motion begins and will calculate player actions between ticks, the game should become more responsive as a result.

Although the sub-tick update might seem like a small adjustment, if done as described by Valve, it could be one of the largest gameplay enhancements ever, especially for an online competitive FPS like Counter Strike.

That's it for what we know about the Counter Strike 2 system requirements. Although these are just the expected requirements, we will have to wait for the official ones to be published!

Make sure to also check out our Counter Strike 2 best settings and best weapons list to be all set to jump into action when it is launched globally.

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