Counter-Strike 2 Officially Launches On Steam

Photo of author
Written By Larious

Larious is the Executive Editor of LowkeyTech. He is a tech enthusiast and a content writer. 





Last Updated on September 29, 2023 by Larious

Valve Entertainment on Wednesday officially released Counter-Strike 2 (CS2), the sequel to its ever-popular multiplayer first shooter game, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO), for PC players on Steam.

Counter-Strike 2 Officially Launches On Steam

CS2, a free upgrade to CS:GO, has been part of limited technical testing for almost six months since Valve first announced it in March 2023.

Back then, Valve promised Counter-Strike 2 to be an “overhaul to every system, every piece of content, and every part of the [Counter-Strike] experience.”

Valve says the updated game is “the beginning of an exciting new chapter and the largest technical leap in Counter-Strike’s history.”


Powered by the company’s Source 2 engine, the Counter-Strike 2 game is upgraded with realistic physically-based rendering, state of the art networking, and improved Community Workshop tools.

Besides the classic objective-focused gameplay that comes with Counter-Strike, Counter-Strike 2 also comes with the below additional features:

  • All-new CS Ratings with the updated Premier mode
  • Global and Regional leaderboards
  • Upgraded and overhauled maps
  • Game-changing dynamic smoke grenades
  • Tick-rate-independent gameplay
  • Redesigned visual effects and audio
  • All items from CS:GO moving forward to CS2

To run Counter-Strike 2, Valve has provided the minimum system requirements below for OS platforms, such as Windows and SteamOS + Linux:


  • OS: Windows 10
  • Processor: 4 hardware CPU threads – Intel Core i5 750 or higher
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Video card must be 1 GB or more and should be a DirectX 11-compatible with support for Shader Model 5.0
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage: 85 GB available space

Steam OS + Linux

  • OS: Ubuntu 20.04
  • Processor: 4 hardware CPU threads – Intel Core i5 750 or higher
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: AMD GCN+ or NVIDIA Kepler+ with up-to-date Vulkan drivers. Support for VK_EXT_graphics_pipeline_library is highly recommended.
  • Storage: 85 GB available space
  • Sound Card: Highly recommended

Counter-Strike 2 is now available for download and play for free on PC via the Steam Store.


How To Hide Apps On Android in 2023

10 Best Prank Android Apps for Trolling your Friends


Leave a comment