Counter-Strike 2 Has Finally Launched for Everyone for Free, Here is How to Download

It is a free upgrade and direct replacement of the decade-old tactical FPS game CS:GO.

  • Counter-Strike 2 replaces the decade-old CS:GO on Steam.
  • Counter-Strike 2 is based on Valve’s Source 2 engine and is packed with numerous upgrades and performance improvements.
  • Counter-Strike 2 was under limited beta testing for the past six months.

The long wait for Counter-Strike 2’s public launch is finally over. Valve has officially released the much-awaited FPS game for everyone after sharing a teaser last week. The new game is a direct successor and replacement of the popular and decade-old tactical FPS game CS:GO (Counter-Strike: Global Offensive). It is based on the new Source 2 engine from Valve and brings numerous upgrades and improvements. The best part is it is a free upgrade for all CS:GO players.

How to Download Counter-Strike 2?

As mentioned earlier, Counter-Strike 2 is a direct replacement for the previous title CS:GO. It means if you already have CS:GO installed on your PC, you will see it changed to Counter-Strike 2 in your Steam library. You do not have to do anything else, simply go to the library listing and click the Install button to proceed.

New players can search for “Counter-Strike 2” in the Steam application or simply visit the product page to download. The game has a download size of about 28GB. It is a free-to-play game just like CS:GO but you can choose to spend money on in-game purchases to add different skins to your inventory. The good thing is all of your CS:GO inventory will move to Counter-Strike 2 for absolutely free.

Counter-Strike 2 System Requirements

As per the listing on Steam, here are the minimum PC requirements to run Counter-Strike 2:

  • 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

If you are a Mac user, there is no official word on when and if Counter-Strike 2 will be released for macOS. A listing for the game on Steam for macOS was spotted earlier today but it was a mistake from Valve. This is the reason it has now been delisted from the store.

Counter-Strike 2 New Features

Steam says, “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.”

Here is what is new in the title:

  • New CS rating system to rate your performance that will affect your standing in global and regional leaderboards
  • Smoke grenades will interact with the environment and react to lighting, gunfire, and explosions
  • Tick rate will no longer matter for moving, shooting, or throwing
  • Full overhaul of maps which are now cleaner and brighter. They will have more realistic materials, lighting, and reflections
  • All game skins will look better with high-resolution models and Source 2 lighting
  • VFX and UI enhancements and more accurate audio to level up your gameplay experience