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Counter Strike 2 system requirements speculation & specs

Rory Greig Updated on by

The rumours have been proven true and Counter Strike 2 has been confirmed. You might be wondering what the system requirements are for this new version, and we’re going to be looking into that right here.

Counter-Strike 2 will come as a free upgrade to CS- GO players, completely overhauling the game’s visuals with new effects, textures and materials coming to the weapons and maps players have been enjoying for over a decade now.

If you want to get in on the action you can find information on if you can sign up for the Counter Strike 2 limited test here.

This increase in the graphic quality will, of course, takes more computing power to process, especially at the fast frame rates that Counter-Strike 2 will inevitably benefit from. This has led players to wonder about what the system requirements of Counter-Strike 2 will be.

To be clear, Valve has not announced any official system requirements, so we can only guess what they will turn out to be. However, these can be educated guesses based on everything we know so far about Counter-Strike 2 and we’ll be updating this article as soon as anything is confirmed.

These will of course be the PC system requirements as it’s unlikely Counter Strike 2 will come to console.

Counter Strike 2 system requirements speculation

One of the vital factors in speculating on the system requirements for Counter Strike 2 is the Source 2 engine that will power the game. It has been around for a while and with games such as Dota 2 moving over to it a while ago it was wondered when CS:GO would too.

Well, we now have confirmation that Counter-Strike 2 will use the engine, giving us the ability to make a good guess as to what the system requirements will be.

Based on that information here is our prediction for the Counter-Strike 2 system requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 or newer
  • Processor: Dual core from Intel or AMD at 2.8 GHz
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8600/9600GT, ATI/AMD Radeon HD2600/3600
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 60 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible

Source 2 system requirements

Because Source 2 is a video game engine, not a game itself, it does not have any standalone system requirements. The exact system requirements shift from game to game, however, the engine is only so powerful meaning that while the system requirements do vary, it is not often by a very significant amount.

Here are the system requirements of 2 different games that use the Source 2 engine, so you can get an idea of a benchmark.

Remember these are the minimum requirements. Source 2 is excellent at putting higher-end components to good use. This reduces the need to worry about having a CPU or GPU that is overkill.

Dota 2 minimum PC system requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 or newer
  • Processor: Dual core from Intel or AMD at 2.8 GHz
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8600/9600GT, ATI/AMD Radeon HD2600/3600
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 60 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible

Half-life: Alyx minimum system requirements

  • OS: Windows 10
  • Processor: Core i5-7500 / Ryzen 5 1600
  • Memory: 12 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GTX 1060 / RX 580 – 6GB VRAM
  • VR Support: SteamVR

Frequently asked questions

What engine does CS:GO use?

CS: Go uses the Source engine, the predecessor to the Source 2 game engine that will be found in Counter Strike.

Is Counter-Strike 2 going to be free?

Yes, the game will come as a free upgrade but only for current CS: Go players.