Valve will no longer support Counter-Strike for MacOS and older systems

by Danny Craig  · 
Valve will no longer support Counter-Strike for MacOS and older systems

Valve has announced that Counter-Strike 2 will not be released for Mac or older Windows systems to focus on taking advantage of more powerful modern hardware.

The details:

  • Valve confirmed in a new FAQ post that CS2 will not be compatible with DirectX 9, 32-bit operating systems, or MacOS. “As technology advances, we have made the difficult decision to discontinue support for older hardware, including DirectX 9 and 32-bit operating systems. Similarly, we will no longer support macOS,” the post states. “Combined, these represented less than one percent of active CS:GO players.”
  • With CS2's massive leap in graphics thanks to the Source 2 engine, it was expected that support for older and weaker systems would be phased out entirely so that Valve could continue to implement more intensive visuals and features in the future. CS2 will now only be supported on 64-bit Windows and Linux systems.
  • Those who are unable to access the new title can play a "legacy version" of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. According to Valve, this version of the game will support all CS:GO features except official matchmaking until January 1, 2024. It will remain accessible after support ends, though some features, such as the in-game inventory, may begin to fail.
  • DirectX 9 and 32-bit Windows users who purchased the Prime Status Upgrade between March 22, 2023, and September 27, 2023, may also be eligible for a refund, though CD keys, gifts, and banned accounts cannot be refunded. Mac players may also be refunded if they played the game during the same period and spent the majority of their time on a Mac system.

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