Valve Corporation has made clear its direction for the future of Counter-Strike with the recent release of Counter-Strike 2. One key announcement that has caught the community’s attention is that the new game will only be available for 64-bit Windows and Linux operating systems. This decision leaves macOS and older 32-bit Windows systems in the lurch.
Valve states that the advanced technologies used in Counter-Strike 2 are the reason for not supporting older hardware. Counter-Strike 2 is a free upgrade to the older version, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and requires more up-to-date systems for optimal performance. Valve mentioned that macOS and 32-bit operating systems represent less than one percent of the active Counter-Strike player base, possibly influencing the decision.
Players who can’t upgrade their systems immediately don’t have to worry about being completely shut out. Valve will continue to provide a legacy version of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive until January 1, 2024. However, this version will be limited, lacking features like official matchmaking.
Valve is offering a refund for the Prime Status Upgrade for those players who won’t be able to run Counter-Strike 2 on their current hardware. If you are a macOS user or your system only supports DirectX 9 or a 32-bit version of Windows, you can apply for a refund. But act fast, as the refund offer is only valid until December 1, 2023.
Players have been quick to ask questions about eligibility for refunds and the longevity of the legacy version. Valve has addressed these queries by setting a clear refund policy based on when you purchased the Prime Status Upgrade and what operating system you used. Additionally, the company mentioned that although the legacy version of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive will remain available, some of its functionality may degrade after the end of official support.
Counter-Strike 2 is a sign of where the franchise is headed. It embraces new technologies to offer an upgraded gaming experience, but this does mean leaving some players behind. Whether or not the decision to drop support for macOS and 32-bit Windows systems will significantly impact the game’s community remains to be seen. However, Valve has shown some flexibility by offering refunds and continuing support for a legacy version, even for a limited time.