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 Steam Charts
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive at SteamDB
 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive at Wikipedia
Counter-Strike 1999
Counter-Strike: Condition Zero 2004
Counter-Strike: Condition Zero Deleted Scenes
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
More information Steam Forum thread - persistent bugs and problems.


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
GameSave Manager Native

Video settings[edit]

In-game video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Native WSGF WS Gold.svg
Multi-monitor Native WSGF MM Bronze.svg HUD elements do not scale correctly,[2] and hit indicators are not properly visible.
Field of view (FOV) Impossible Field of view is locked to 74° vertical. Your horizontal FOV is determined by your aspect ratio.[3] See reference for calculating your horizontal FOV.
Windowed Native
Borderless fullscreen windowed Native
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Native Up to 16 samples.
Anti-aliasing (AA) Native FXAA and up to 8x MSAA
Vertical sync (Vsync) Native
High frame rate Native No frame rate or refresh rate cap.[4]

Input settings[edit]

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

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native Over-all game volume and separate music slider.
Surround sound Native 5.1 surround sound, 4 speaker surround
Subtitles Native
Closed captions Native
Mute on focus lost Native "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 Native Native
Brazilian Portuguese Native Unknown Unknown
Bulgarian Native Unknown Unknown
Simplified Chinese Native Unknown Unknown
Traditional Chinese Native Unknown Unknown
Czech Native Unknown Unknown
Danish Native Unknown Unknown
Dutch Native Unknown Unknown
Finnish Native Impossible Native
French Native Unknown Unknown
German Native Unknown Unknown
Greek Native Unknown Unknown
Hungarian Native Unknown Unknown
Italian Native Unknown Unknown
Japanese Native Unknown Unknown
Korean Native Unknown Unknown
Norwegian Native Unknown Unknown
Polish Native Impossible Native
Portuguese Native Unknown Unknown
Romanian Native Unknown Unknown
Russian Native Unknown Unknown
Spanish Native Unknown Unknown
Swedish Native Unknown Unknown
Thai Native Unknown Unknown
Turkish Native Unknown Unknown
Ukrainian Native Unknown Unknown


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

Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play Native
Online play Native

Connection types

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


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

Issues fixed[edit]

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

Fix Go to your Firewall and enable

  1. steaminstall
  2. steam
  3. hl
  4. hl2
  5. steamTmp
  6. csgo

Error 55[edit]

Fix Opt out of the Steam beta client[6]

Fix Re-enable the Steam service[7]

  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[8]

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

Ignorerad command not saving[edit]

Information The ignorerad console command (to disable radio sounds) is not saved when changing levels.

Fix Bind Key[9]

Bind a key to enable ignorerad every time a new level loads.

Purple and black broken textures[edit]

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

Issues unresolved[edit]

Surround sound[edit]

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

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
OpenGL 2.1 OS X and Linux only.
Shader Model support 3
64-bit executable Impossible


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.
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.
Disadvantage Users without a US keyboard may experience some problems.
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

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.

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 compatible
Shader model 3.0 support
Operating system (OS) 10.6.6
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) Intel/AMD Dual core 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


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