Tuesday, December 5, 2023

‘Counter-Strike 2’ turns its back on macOS and older Windows computers

On September 27, Valve launched Counter Strike 2, one of the most anticipated games in recent years. However, due to the technical leap compared to the previous delivery, some computers were left out of the compatibility list. Those affected maintained the hope of enjoying it again with a visually limited version. Unfortunately, the company led by Gabe Newell does not consider this option.

Through the Steam support website, Valve confirms that Counter Strike 2 will not offer support for computers with 32-bit Windows and DirectX 9 operating systems. They recognize, however, that this has been a difficult decision, but also necessary to be able to offer a cutting-edge audiovisual section.

Counter Strike 2 represents the greatest technical leap in the history of C.S. and our goal is to continue developing Counter Strike in the next years. As technology advances, we made the difficult decision to discontinue support for older hardware, including DirectX 9 and 32-bit operating systems.”

Valve.

Another point they considered is that, according to their data, only 1% of players CS:GO They had computers with those characteristics. That is, the vast majority will have no problems migrating their experience to Counter-Strike 2. For Valve, then, it was not feasible to dedicate an additional amount of resources and efforts to serve such a small percentage.

Likewise, a situation that has caused some controversy is the absence of a version of ‌Counter-Strike 2 for macOS. Not even the most modern Apple computers are compatible and Valve, at the moment, does not plan to serve this market.

Obviously, this is not an issue of lack of power in Macs, but of architecture. Let us remember that, for several years, those from Cupertino have been betting everything on Apple Silicon, the strategy that encompasses the design and development of its own processors. However, they are built with the architecture ARMnot the x86 that Intel and AMD continue to use.

Will this change in the future? Let’s not rule it out. During WWDC 2023, Apple presented a DirectX 12 emulator for macOS (Apple Silicon) that can run almost any game for Windows. In fact, days after releasing the tool, some curious people managed to do ports of titles like Diablo IV and Cyberpunk 2077. Of course, its performance was not optimal.

However, that first step made it clear that, if companies dedicate enough time and investment, it is possible to offer current games on macOS. Capcom is already demonstrating it with Resident Evill Village and the remake of Resident Evil 2, which will soon arrive on macOS, iOS (iPhone 15 Pro) and iPadOS (iPad with M1 processor or higher). Why not think that ‌Counter-Strike 2 will it come later?

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