Can you play Counter Strike 2 on Linux?

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Want to know if you can play Counter Strike 2 on Linux? The long awaited release of the game is upon us, we all are getting ready for the launch. But the Linux gamers among you may be wondering if you’ll be able to install the game natively on your system, or if you’re going to need to fire up that Windows machine you have to enjoy the new hotness. We’ll answer that ahead.

For the moment though, check out our Counter Strike 2 release date guide for any information about the game’s official launch date. Also check out our Counter Strike 2 download size guide so you know how much hard drive space you’ll need to install the update.

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Can you play Counter Strike 2 on Linux?

For the moment, we don’t have any confirmation on whether or not Counter Strike 2 will run on Linux. The beta tests for the game were only available on Windows. So it stands to reason that Windows will be the only supported platform at launch. We also don’t know if you can use Proton to fix the compatibility. But if you’re already gaming on Linux, then you may already be using this, so it’s worth a try.

That being said, it seems likely that CS2 may eventually get a Linux version. Given that the Steam Deck’s operating system, SteamOS is Linux based, our guess is that the port is already in the works and will make its way to Linux platforms not too far after launch.

And that’s all that we know about playing Counter Strike 2 on Linux. Be sure to check back as we’ll update this guide with any new information that comes out about the matter. In the meantime, check out some of our other Counter Strike 2 content, such as our Counter Strike 2 release time guide so you’ll know exactly when the game is launching, as well as our guide on the best CPU to use for Counter Strike 2.

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Counter Strike 2

  • Release Date: September 27, 2023
  • Platform(s): Linux, PC
  • Genre(s): First-Person Shooter, Shooter