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Valve bin off Counter-Strike 2's Mac support, offering a CS:GO "legacy version" in return

DirectX 9 and 32-bit PC support also canned

Silhouetted men with guns in Counter-Strike 2 artwork.
Image credit: Valve

Are you a Mac player who's been hungrily looking forward to the eventual Mac port of Counter-Strike 2, released last month, after sinking many hours and much pocket money into the preceding Counter-Strike: Global Offensive? Fantastic news, it's been binned off! In the course of making what they're calling "the largest technical leap in CS history", Valve have decided to discontinue support for MacOS. They're also doing away with support for older PCs, including DirectX 9 and 32-bit operating systems - in future, the game will be exclusive to 64-bit Windows and Linux systems.

As a consolation prize, would-be Counter-Strike 2 players equipped with non-supported hardware will get access to a special legacy version of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, which was taken offline forever when Valve launched Counter-Strike 2. It's a "frozen build" of Global Offensive, offering all the same features except for official matchmaking. Support for this version of the game will end on 1st January 2024, however. CS: GO's legacy version will still be available after that point, Valve say in a Steam post, "but certain functionality that relies on compatibility with the Game Coordinator (e.g., access to inventory) may degrade and/or fail."

If you're one of the affected players above, and you've already bought a Counter-Strike 2 Prime Status upgrade (which bestows exclusive matchmaking privileges, item drops and the like), you'll be able to apply for a refund under certain conditions. If you're a DirectX 9 and 32-bit Windows user, you can claim a refund providing you signed up for Prime Status between 22nd March 2023 - the launch of Counter-Strike 2's Limited Test - and 27th September 2023 - Counter Strike 2's 1.0 launch date.

If you're a Mac user, meanwhile, you can get a refund providing most of your Global Offensive playtime was on macOS (Valve don't give an exact percentage of play hours), and you played Global Offensive on a Mac between 22nd March and 27th September, regardless of when you bought the upgrade.

All refunds must be claimed before 1st December 2023. Players who acquired their Prime Status upgrades in the form of CD keys or gifts are not eligible for a refund, and nor are banned players.

Valve's statement adds that players using DirectX 9, 32-bit operating systems or macOS "represented less than one percent of active CS:GO players". Dumping these platforms makes sense from that perspective, but it's a bitter pill to swallow for the Macintoshers amongst us or those who, for whatever reason, play on very old PCs. One bizarre outcome of this development is that the much-honed and expanded Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has sort of risen from the dead, which might interest the legions of players who think Counter-Strike 2 isn't a patch on the old warhorse. (Technically, all players can still access CS:GO at the moment by picking certain beta options, but it only gives you the option of playing private matches against bots.)

"Right now CS2 is a great iterative update to a tried and true formula... that's missing an awful lot of fan favourite stuff," Ed Thorn wrote in RPS's Counter-Strike 2 review. "Give it time, though, and I think it's onto something pretty special." If you're playing, you might be interested in our guides to the best Counter-Strike 2 settings, the best Counter-Strike 2 crosshair codes and the best Counter-Strike 2 console commands.

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