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Counter-Strike 2 is out now with Linux support

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Counter-Strike 2 from Valve is now officially out and comes with Native Linux support, so it's time to say goodbye to Global Offensive as it has been replaced.

"A free upgrade to CS:GO, Counter-Strike 2 marks the largest technical leap in Counter-Strike’s history. Built on the Source 2 engine, Counter-Strike 2 is modernized with realistic physically-based rendering, state of the art networking, and upgraded Community Workshop tools." — Valve

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  • 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.

The updated Linux system requirements:

  • 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 highly recommended.
  • Storage: 85 GB available space
  • Sound Card: Highly recommended

Like the earlier upgrade to the Linux version of Dota 2, Valve also bumped it up to their latest "Steam Linux Runtime 3.0 (Sniper)", which should provide a big improvement to compatibility on modern Linux systems. From what developer Timothee "TTimo" Besset said on Mastodon, the Windows version has been thoroughly tested but significantly less on the Linux version so be sure to report any bugs you find.

Note: If you find you don't have any sound there's already a bug report with some suggestions to try.

Be sure to pop along to our Discord to chat about it, and be sure to leave a comment for those not on Discord.

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stealing_society Sep 27, 2023
Tested audio with pipewire-pulse - seems like virtual sinks are a no-go for the foreseeable future. I suppose we're stuck with onboard audio.. thanks, Valve?
StalePopcorn Sep 27, 2023
Oddly enough I can't remote install from the Steam app—

EDIT; scratch that, the thumbnails show 'CS:GO' but it's titled 'Counter-Strike 2'

Last edited by StalePopcorn on 27 September 2023 at 11:30 pm UTC
scratchi Sep 27, 2023
Quoting: ChuckaluphagusI'm not into Counter-Strike, but I am extremely curious how well it plays on an i5-750, a processor that came on the market 14 years ago.

I have an i5-760 which is almost identical, so will let you know as soon as I have a chance to try it. However I just kicked off an emerge -uavDN world in gentoo today, so see you in few days :)

But seriously, this thing does play a lot of games; I can deal with the long load times and tuning graphics down to medium and play on 720p...GPU is the main bottleneck, if upgrade the GTX1650 Super, I can throw more at it. For work and browsing, its great. But yea, probably no more upgrades for it, will probably build a new box soonish...hopefully ;)
iWeaker4You Sep 28, 2023
Quoting: MekaDragonAmazing news. Sadly, for some reason, I don't get audio at all if there's some voice recording application active in the background. I've tried with Discord and Steam Voice and both makes CS2 have no audio at all.

Try to use "sudo setsebool -P allow_execheap 1"
Linux_Rocks Sep 28, 2023
I was wondering why it was in my library already when I clicked on it on SteamDB.
WORM Sep 28, 2023
Really seems like Valve should have been testing on Linux. There's no reason the issues I've encountered couldn't be resolved before launch.

"-sdlaudiodriver pipewire" launch option fixed audio for me. Would really love it if the game launched on my primary display. If anyone has any ideas on how to fix that, I'm all ears. I'm using XFCE/Xfwm4.
ElectricPrism Sep 28, 2023
It's fun, I hope the workshop maps and stuff come fast, I really wanna play Iceworld, Surf Buck Wild, and the Golden Eye maps, this is going to be interesting, the mechanics feel really good.
Brokatt Sep 28, 2023
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Quoting: MekaDragonAmazing news. Sadly, for some reason, I don't get audio at all if there's some voice recording application active in the background. I've tried with Discord and Steam Voice and both makes CS2 have no audio at all.

For some reason "Default device" in Audio does not work for me. I had to set a different device. I have not yet tested with Discord though.

Quoting: Mountain ManThird Counter Strike game in the franchise.

Valve names it Counter Strike 2.


Counter-Strike releases are a mess. It's no idea they did a "reset" to their numbering.

- Counter-Strike
- Counter-Strike: Condition Zero
- Counter-Strike: Source (first release with Valves Source engine)
- Counter-Strike 2

Last edited by Brokatt on 28 September 2023 at 8:18 am UTC
dasdsa Sep 28, 2023
good game but there is no sound on cs2, I use Fedora 38
Brokatt Sep 28, 2023
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Quoting: dasdsagood game but there is no sound on cs2, I use Fedora 38

Have you tried changing audio device in the game?
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