Going forward, Valve saysCounter-Strike 2will only be playable on hardware that supports Linux and 64-bit Windows. The developer revealed support for Mac and older hardware like DirectX has been discontinued.
Valve candidly revealed the number of Mac and older hardware users for the shooter’s predecessor,Counter-Strike:Global Offensive, represents “less than 1 percent”of the active player base. And with the sequel being “the largest technical leap in CS history,”said hardware has no place in the game’s future.
Counter-Strike 2launched in late September and, prior to its release, was billed as a free upgrade toGlobal Offensive.Similar to what Blizzard did with Overwatch 2’s launch, Counter-Strike 2 has completely replaced the original game.
As consolation, Valve is offeringaffected players a “legacy version”ofGlobal Offensive. The frozen build of the game contains all of the features found in the original game, but without official matchmaking.
Support for the legacyGlobal Offensivewill last until January 1, 2024. After that point, Valve noted, “certainfunctionality that relies on compatibility with the Game Coordinator (e.g., access to inventory) may degrade and/or fail.”