Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
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Release dates
August 21, 2012
August 21, 2012
September 22, 2014
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive at SteamDB
 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive at Wikipedia
Counter-Strike 1999
Counter-Strike: Condition Zero 2004
Counter-Strike: Source 2004
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive 2012
Counter-Strike Nexon: Zombies 2014

Key points

Advantage Runs on low-end hardware.
Advantage Steam Workshop integration.
Advantage Active community.
Advantage Receives frequent updates.[1]

General information

More information Official game blog
More information Counter-Strike Wiki
More information Steam Community Discussions
More information Steam Users' Forums


Source DRM Notes Keys
Green Man Gaming Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
Steam Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
Information All versions require Steam.

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Fix -novid

  1. Find Counter-Strike: Global Offensive in your Steam Library.
  2. Right-click the game name.
  3. Select Properties.
  4. Select Set Launch Options....
  5. Input -novid.
  6. Press OK.
  7. Launch the game.

Game data[edit]

Configuration files location[edit]

Steam <path-to-game>/csgo/cfg/

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud Native support
GameSave Manager Native support

Video settings[edit]

In-game video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Native support WSGF WS Gold.svg
Multi-monitor Native support WSGF MM Bronze.svg HUD elements do not scale correctly,[2] and hit indicators are not properly visible.
Ultra-widescreen Native support WSGF Incomplete.svg HUD elements do not scale correctly.[3]
Field of view (FOV) No native support Field of view is locked to 74° vertical. Your horizontal FOV is determined by your aspect ratio.[4] See reference for calculating your horizontal FOV.
Windowed Native support
Borderless fullscreen windowed Native support
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Native support Up to 16 samples.
Anti-aliasing (AA) Native support FXAA and up to 8x MSAA. OGSSAA and SGSSAA can be utilized through anti-aliasing compatibility bits 0x000000C1 under NVIDIA Inspector.
Vertical sync (Vsync) Native support
60 FPS Native support
120+ FPS Native support No frame rate or refresh rate cap.[5]

Input settings[edit]

In-game keyboard/mouse settings.
In-game gamepad settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Native support
Mouse acceleration Native support Can be enabled/disabled and customized.
Mouse input in menus Native support
Mouse Y-axis inversion Native support
Controller support Native support
Full controller support Native support
Controller remapping Native support
Controller Y-axis inversion Native support

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native support Over-all game volume and separate music slider.
Surround sound Native support 5.1 surround sound, 4 speaker surround.
Subtitles Native support
Closed captions Native support
Mute on focus lost Native support "Silence the audio while the game window is in the background" check box. Also includes option to only play received mic chat on focus loss.


Language UI Audio CC Notes
English Native support Native support Native support
Brazilian Portuguese Native support Unknown Unknown
Bulgarian Native support Unknown Unknown
Simplified Chinese Native support Unknown Unknown
Traditional Chinese Native support Unknown Unknown
Czech Native support Unknown Unknown
Danish Native support Unknown Unknown
Dutch Native support Unknown Unknown
Finnish Native support No native support Native support
French Native support Unknown Unknown
German Native support Unknown Unknown
Greek Native support Unknown Unknown
Hungarian Native support Unknown Unknown
Italian Native support Unknown Unknown
Japanese Native support Unknown Unknown
Korean Native support Unknown Unknown
Norwegian Native support Unknown Unknown
Polish Native support No native support Native support
Portuguese Native support Unknown Unknown
Romanian Native support Unknown Unknown
Russian Native support No native support Native support
Spanish Native support Unknown Unknown
Swedish Native support No native support Native support
Thai Native support Unknown Unknown
Turkish Native support Unknown Unknown
Ukrainian Native support Unknown Unknown


Information For more information, see the "Source Dedicated Server" section of our Source engine article.

Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
Local play No native support
LAN play Native support
Online play Native support

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking Native support 5v5
Peer-to-peer Native support
Dedicated Native support
Self-hosting Native support
Direct IP Native support Open the console (~) and use connect followed by the IP and port.[6]


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP (outbound) 27014-27050
UDP (outbound) 3478, 4379-4380, 27000-27030

Issues fixed[edit]

Launching game causes 100% mic gain at launch[edit]

Fix .cfg fix

  1. Go to the configuration file location.
  2. Open config.cfg with your text editor of choice.
  3. Find the line voice_mixer_volume. It should be near the bottom.
  4. Set the value to whatever you prefer your mic volume to be, I set mine to .5.


Information Removing the line does not work.
Disadvantage You need to re-set the value everytime you decide to change the value. This might not be a option with people who has mics which Windows automaticly adjusts.

Failed to find and connect to an acceptable dedicated server[edit]

Fix Windows Firewall

  1. Open up the firewall and enable the following:
  • steaminstall
  • steam
  • hl
  • hl2
  • steamTmp
  • csgo

Fix Command might help..

  1. Type mm_dedicated_search_maxping "150" in your game console.


Information You might want to add the following command to your autoexec.

Error 55[edit]

Fix Opt out of the Steam beta client[7]

  1. Open the Steam menu at the top left in the Steam Client and click on Settings.
  2. Click Account at the left hand of the window.
  3. Navigate to the 'Beta participation' (It will say 'Steam Beta Update' if you are opted in) and click Change....
  4. Open the drop-down menu and change it to None - Opt out of all beta programs.
  5. Click OK.

Fix Re-enable the Steam service[8]

  1. Exit Steam.
  2. Type C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\bin\Steamservice.exe /Install at the Run prompt.
  3. Restart Steam.

Fix Delete ClientRegistry.blob and AppUpdateStats.blob[9]

  1. Navigate to <Steam-folder>.
  2. Delete ClientRegistry.blob and AppUpdateStats.blob.

Purple and black broken textures[edit]

Information A generic fix for this issue can be found on our Source engine page.

FPS drops and/or stuttering[edit]

Fix Exclude CS:GO folder from MSE

  1. Launch Microsoft Security Essentials.
  2. Click the Settings tab.
  3. Click Excluded files and locations.
  4. Click the Browse button and choose <path-to-game>.
  5. Click the Add button.
  6. Click Save Changes.


Information If a virus hides in <path-to-game> it may be impossible for the anti-virus software to locate the virus and determinate it, that's why this "fix" is to be used as a last resort.

Issues unresolved[edit]

Surround sound[edit]

Information Reportedly other issues with surround sound with the Logitech G35.[10]

Broken command[edit]

Disadvantage The command cl_disablehtmlmotd has been broken since the July 2014 update.[11][12]

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
OpenGL 2.1 OS X and Linux only.
Shader Model support 3
64-bit executable No native support


Middleware Notes
Physics Havok Heavily modified variant.
Audio Miles Sound System
Cutscenes Bink Video
Multiplayer Steamworks

Console commands[edit]

Information Games running on the Source engine can utilize Source Engine Console Commands for various tasks.

Fix Enabling the console in Source games

  1. Launch the game.
  2. From the main menu select Help & Options.
  3. Select the Game Settings menu item.
  4. Click the arrow next to Enable Developer Console (~) so that it says Yes.
  5. Click Back.


Information Press ~ to open the console. You might need to rebind your console key if not using a US keyboard.
Information Some commands may first require you enabling sv_cheats. You can do so with sv_cheats 1.
Information Many servers will not allow you to play with cheats enabled, or will disable them upon entering the server.
Information You can also have the console open by default on launch by following this guide:

Fix -console

  1. Find the game in your Steam Library.
  2. Right-click the game name.
  3. Select Properties.
  4. Select Set Launch Options....
  5. Input -console.
  6. Press OK.
  7. Launch the game.

Fix Open console with autoexec

  1. Navigate to the configuration file location.
  2. Create or open your autoexec.cfg file with your text file editor of choice.
  3. Make a new line and write toggleconsole.
  4. Save and exit the text editor.

The console will now open when the game launches.


Information You might need add exec autoexec to your launch parameters if it doesn't get executed automaticly by the game.

Launch options[edit]

Information View this Steam Support Article regarding launch options as well as the relevant Valve Developer wiki page for further information and a list of useful Source engine launch options.
More information Example of a advanced autoexec.

Fix Enabling a launch parameter

  1. Find the game in your Steam Library.
  2. Right-click the game name.
  3. Select Properties.
  4. Select Set Launch Options....
  5. Input your selected launch options and separate each command with a space.
  6. Press OK.
  7. Launch the game.
Command Output
-novid Skip intro videos.
-console Launch console at start.
-high Set csgo process to high priority.
-freq 120 Set your refresh/hz.
+exec autoexec.cfg Executes the autoexec.cfg (file containing commands).

System requirements[edit]

Operating system (OS) XP, Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo E6600
AMD Phenom X3 8750
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 8 GB
Video card (GPU) 256 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Shader model 3.0 support
Operating system (OS) 10.6.6 or higher
Processor (CPU) Intel Core Duo 2 GHz
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 8 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon HD 2400
NVidia 8600M
Operating system (OS) Ubuntu 12.04
Processor (CPU) Dual core from Intel at 2.8 GHz
Dual core from AMD at 2.8 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 8 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon HD 2600/3600
NVidia 8600M/9600GT
OpenGL 2.1 compatible
Sound (audio device) OpenAL Compatible Sound Card
Other (Graphic Drivers: nVidia 310, AMD 12.11)


  1. Updates - Official Counter-Strike Blog
  2. HUD Scaling in Multimonitor Setups - Steam Users' Forums
  3. Support 21:9 (2560x1080) aspect ratio :: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive General Discussions
  4. [1]
  5. New 120Hz Games Report
  6. Steam Users' Forums - View Single Post - Any way to use a server browser?
  7. CS:GO update for late 10/3/12 (10/4/12 UTC, 1.20.1.x) MEGATHREAD - Steam Users' Forums
  8. Incomplete Installation (#) Errors - Specific Error Messages - Knowledge Base - Steam Support
  9. Error 55 yes if have switched beta versions 2 times now. - Steam Users' Forums
  10. Static Sounds (G35 Surround) - Steam Users' Forums