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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive's new 'Panorama' UI is now go go go

Valve have rolled Counter-Strike: Global Offensive‘s shiny new user interface, named ‘Panorama’, out as the default after weeks of public testing. It’s light, it’s colourful, and it stops the game feeling weirdly business-like. I like it! CS:GO’s style felt like productivity software pretending to be fun, and this feels like a video game. It’s not all sunshine, mind, as it may run worse on older PCs and some players have reported crashes. Players can currently opt-out of Panorama to return to the old UI, but that option will be removed.

That up there ↑ is the new Panorama main menu. Revert to the old UI and the same screen (highlighting the same blog post) looks like this:

Then extra menus and bits pop out from the side on Panorama as you mouse over. Along with the main menu screen, in-game menus from buying to spectating are reworked too. It’s a new UI, y’dig? Complete with a right cocky cop on the team select screen:

Calm down, dear.

Panorama first arrived as an opt-in beta in June and now, Valve explain in yesterday’s patch notes, “is now active by default for users on all supported operating systems.”

This prettiness does come at a price. The UI seems to be causing crashes for a few folks, and some players with computers scraping the bottom-end report they’re losing another sliver of their remaining playability.

Such change isn’t new to CS:GO, as the game is on a constant slow cycle of updating with new shinies that demand more, from revamping vintage maps to replacing the arms. The game may have launched six years ago but it’s getting the ‘ship of Theseus’ treatment – good for those who do the same with their PCs, less so for PCs with six years of battle scars.

For now, everyone can opt out of Panorama by adding -scaleform to the CS:GO launch options in Steam (right-click on the CS:GO entry in Steam’s Library, select Properties, click that “Set launch options” button, and enter it there, dash and all). This is only “for a limited transition time”, Valve say, so hopefully they fix some of the bugs before locking this in.

You can see more of Panorama in this video from “HypeR_MK”, which is from the beta but it’s still basically the same and do you have any idea how few videos of this don’t have talking over the top?

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