Valve, the gaming behemoth behind Counter-Strike just made an important announcement about the future of Counter-Strike 2. Support for Mac and older PC hardware, including DirectX 9 and 32-bit operating systems will be phased down. They will also no longer provide support for macOS. This strategic shift follows Counter-Strike 2 which represented the greatest significant technological advance in the game series' history.
Valve's statement emphasises their commitment to expanding the Counter-Strike franchise in the coming years. However, when technology advances they are forced to make the tough decision to discontinue support for older systems. According to Valve, these platforms account for less than 1% of the current Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player base.
Counter-Strike 2 will be exclusively designed for 64-bit Windows and Linux platforms in the future. This move aims to improve the gaming experience for the majority of users while maximising the capabilities of modern technology.
Valve will allow access to a legacy version of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive for gamers that are unable to run Counter-Strike 2 on their current hardware. This version will be a frozen build of the game with all functionality except official matchmaking enabled. It is important to remember however, that support for this version of CS:GO will end on January 1, 2024. After this date, certain functionality that rely on Game Coordinator compatibility, such as inventory access, may degrade or fail.
Valve also recognises the impact of this decision on customers who have made investments in the game by providing refunds to eligible affected customers who purchased the game's Prime Status upgrade. These refunds are valid until December 1, 2023.
Valve released Counter-Strike 2 in late September as a successor to the popular CS:GO. Notably, it allows players to import their stuff from the previous game. The free-to-play title had been available to some CS:GO gamers through a restricted technical test since March.
The gaming community is eagerly awaiting the new possibilities and improvements that Counter-Strike 2 will offer to the game as Valve pivots towards supporting newer hardware and operating systems.