Is Counter-Strike 2 Available on Linux?

Abhimannu Das
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Counter-Strike 2 Linux


Counter-Strike 2 is likely to release on SteamOS and Linux but there is no official confirmation yet.
Valve is currently hosting the Limited Test Beta only for Windows users.
Even if Counter-Strike 2 does not release on Steam, the game may be playable on Linux via Wine or Valve's Proton software.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) players will receive a free upgrade to Counter-Strike 2 when it launches later this year, but many are wondering if the upcoming title is coming to Linux. The game is currently in beta for Windows users only and players on Linux and MacOS will not be getting early access to the game. There is no official word on when Counter-Strike 2 will be available on Linux and players need to wait for an official confirmation.

Counter-Strike 2 is likely to come to Linux

While there is no official confirmation, the Linux version of CS:GO is updated frequently and Valve’s new Steam Deck console runs on SteamOS, which is essentially a modified version of the Arch Linux OS.

It is likely that Counter-Strike 2 will come to Linux as Valve has promised a free upgrade to CS:GO players. Here are the system requirements for CS:GO on Linux: 

  • OS: Ubuntu 12.04

  • Processor: 64-bit Dual core from Intel or AMD at 2.8 GHz

  • Memory: 4 GB RAM

  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8600/9600GT, ATI/AMD Radeon HD2600/3600 (Graphic Drivers: NVIDIA 310, AMD 12.11), OpenGL 2.1

  • Storage: 15 GB available space

  • Sound Card: OpenAL Compatible Sound Card

The system requirements may remain the same for Counter-Strike 2 but there are visual enhancements and an engine upgrade being offered so players should expect a slight bump to the hardware requirements.

Even if Counter-Strike 2 is not available on Linux, it is possible that players will be able to play the game using emulation tools like Proton. In case you have never used it before, Proton is a tool for use with the Steam client which allows games that are exclusive to Windows to run on the Linux operating system and it was developed by Valve. 

While the application allows players to play Steam games on Linux, you may run into technical issues and the game might not perform as well as a native version of Counter-Strike 2.

If you want to try the game on any of the compatible platforms, you can check out our guide on how to play Counter-Strike 2’s Limited Beta Test. You can also check out our guide that discusses Counter-Strike 2’s console release.

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Abhimannu is a PC esports writer at AFK Gaming. With over seven years of experience in esports journalism, he has worked on a myriad of games and their ecosystems including Valorant, Overwatch and Apex Legends.