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Counter-Strike 2

From AppleGamingWiki, the wiki about gaming on M1 Apple silicon Macs
Counter-Strike 2
Counter-Strike 2 cover
Valve Corporation
Source 2
Release dates
September 27, 2023
September 27, 2023
Series Counter-Strike
Counter-Strike 2 on MobyGames
Counter-Strike 2 on Wikipedia

macOS Compatibility

Method Rating Notes
Native Unplayable Natively this game installs the Windows version
Compatibility layer
CrossOver Perfect The game runs perfectly with DXVK in mostly high details on Crossover 23.6. With D3DMetal, performance degrades after a few minutes of play. Both methods cause audio problems that can be resolved by opening the Audio-MIDI-Setup app and adjusting the format to 88,000+ Hz.[1] For more details:
Wine Perfect Use -nojoy as a launch argument. I had a perfect experience playing CS2 if I used PortingKit and manually compiling GPTK, then merging the wine files from GPTK into the PortingKit's wine files. See Tutorial Videos section for a guide. I used the -vulkan launch argument for better fullscreen windowed support as well as a more stable framerate. [2]
Parallels Playable Game runs but performance is below average, about 23 FPS [3]


Source DRM Notes Keys OS

Gameplay videos

Tutorial videos

Fixing Mouse Input

If mouse acceleration is enabled on your Mac the game will seemingly ignore small mouse movements. This can be fixed by disabling mouse acceleration in the MacOS system settings

Useful Launch Arguments

  • -nojoy: Essential for running this game to run at a stable framerate
  • -fullscreen: Launches the game in Fullscreen
  • -+cl_forcepreload 1: Forces the game to pre-load shaders - Reports of improved performance
  1. Verified by User:CT2000 on 2023-10-29
    Device: MacBook Air 2020 M1 8GB Memory
    OS: MacOS Sonoma 14.0
    Method: Crossover 23.6
    Resolution: 1920x1080
    Framerate: 50
  2. Verified by User:Sway2401 on 2023-10-06
    Device: MacBook Pro 14" 2021 M1 Max 24 Core GPU 32 GB Memory
    OS: Sonoma 14.0
    Method: PortingKit 23.5
    Resolution: 1800x1169
    Framerate: 80
    Link: [1]
  3. Verified by User:denfiord on 2023-11-08
    Device: MacBook Pro 14" 2023 M2 Max 40 Core GPU 96 GB Memory
    OS: Sonoma 14.0
    Method: Whisky+GPTK
    Resolution: 3024x1964
    Framerate: 23