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After waiting for a bit of extra time, Linux gamers can now enjoy the brand new Panorama UI update in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

To activate it, you need to add "-panorama" as a launch option on Steam. Simply right click on the game in your Steam library, hit properties and then hit the set launch options button and paste it in there.

Valve said this about it:

This visual overhaul is the most substantial change to the look and feel of CS:GO since the game was released in 2012. From the Main Menu to the Scoreboard, the entire experience of interacting with the game has been updated.

We’re still working on Panorama, but the biggest pieces are ready so it’s time for the CS:GO community to try it out!

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive was looking rather old, since it hadn't changed too much since the original release back in 2012 so this is quite welcome. It's an absolutely massive change, literally everything is different. It's not the first game to get it though, as Dota 2 got it in a previous update.

The minimap was also updated to give a better overview of elevation too and it does look pretty slick.

Also, if you had issues with Steam crashing with it on Linux, Valve released an updated beta client to address that too.

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chris.echoz 12 July 2018 at 10:47 am UTC
This is gonna be great! Been checking github for updates on this every day for the past few weeks. Can't wait to get home and try it.
IdleGandalf 12 July 2018 at 10:57 am UTC
chris.echozThis is gonna be great! Been checking github for updates on this every day for the past few weeks. Can't wait to get home and try it.

Looks pretty good, but it's kinda unstable (surprise, surprise!). It crashed for me three times in one Wingman. So testing it out seems possible, but using it as 'main' UI is only if you are brave (or foolish?) enough.

Besides that it still has loads of little edges and corners which are not quite there yet. Some scaling, some UI behaviour wise and some straight up ctd. (which of course is reasonable for a beta)


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chris.echoz 12 July 2018 at 11:04 am UTC
IdleGandalf
chris.echozThis is gonna be great! Been checking github for updates on this every day for the past few weeks. Can't wait to get home and try it.

Looks pretty good, but it's kinda unstable (surprise, surprise!). It crashed for me three times in one Wingman. So testing it out seems possible, but using it as 'main' UI is only if you are brave (or foolish?) enough.

Besides that it still has loads of little edges and corners which are not quite there yet. Some scaling, some UI behaviour wise and some straight up ctd. (which of course is reasonable for a beta)

I'll probably just play against bots at first, also to familiarize myself with the new features. If it crashes or gives me trouble I can just go back. I guess what I'm most excited for is just to try it out first hand.
wavejumper 12 July 2018 at 11:39 am UTC
Is anybody hearing a metallic sort of sound being dissipated by any sound generated through the game, like when reloading? It drove me mad and reverted back to the classic UI. Tried changing the audio settings but to no avail.
joaojotta 12 July 2018 at 12:17 pm UTC
It looks like a totally different game!
I think it looks great but I have to try it to see if it’s good.
MichaelTunnell 12 July 2018 at 2:40 pm UTC
this looks much better . . . the old/current UI looks like a poorly designed website from 15 years ago.
joaojotta 12 July 2018 at 5:36 pm UTC
MichaelTunnellthis looks much better . . . the old/current UI looks like a poorly designed website from 15 years ago.
True but I wish they did something about cheaters and raging kids instead. I don’t think reporting does anything at all.
1xok 12 July 2018 at 7:33 pm UTC
joaojotta
MichaelTunnellthis looks much better . . . the old/current UI looks like a poorly designed website from 15 years ago.
True but I wish they did something about cheaters and raging kids instead. I don’t think reporting does anything at all.

They do something against cheaters:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObhK8lUfIlc


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ryad 13 July 2018 at 11:10 am UTC
I could play two matchmaking games yesterday with panorama. Really enjoy the new look and feel.

However, at the moment I need to verify the gamecache integrity everytime I launch the game (1 to 3 files are reaquired every time), otherwise the game crashes on launch. Haven't tested with Steam beta though.

Nevertheless, I appreciate that updated UI.
ragsu 13 July 2018 at 1:46 pm UTC
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This UI looks very nice. I tried it yesterday and unfortunately it lowered my fps from ~260 to 140-190. Kind of heavy if you ask me.
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