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Is Counter Strike 2 Ready for the Fast-Paced Console Market?

Counter strike has reached peak popularity in the recent past. A part of this reason was also the revamped launch of Counter Strike 2 as well as the tournaments and the incredible competitive scene that the game has garnered in the Majors around the world. With the future of gaming where consoles are gaining more market share, should we even expect a counter strike 2: PS5 & Xbox editions ?

Firstly, let’s go back to the SOURCE 

Yeah, we know what we did. Deal with it. Just like Rockstar’s GTA 6 announced with a revamped RAGE engine, CS2’s SOURCE 2, has hope for next generation of the console gaming. 

Although take this with a pinch of salt since, Valve hasn’t released or announced any plans to bring any of their titles based off of SOURCE 2 to console so far. They might not just be seeing its value at this point of time. With the title “Aperture Desk Job” being the sole player outside of the desktop PC space for Valve, our guess is to not expect a surprise CS2 game pass inclusion any time soon.

Could it begin as a console port? 

Let us be clear about this. As of now there exists no Xbox or PS5 port for Counter Strike 2

Yeah, u/alanwalker123 on reddit was lying. Sorry to burst your bubble.

When the initial stages of the franchise’s development began, Counter Strike Source was said to have a port planned for the then current-gen consoles. But, Valve announced in 2016 that they would no longer be planning or supporting cross-platform play. This was maybe because their expected purchase conversion estimates for PCs were higher or so was their desire to keep the PC version up to date with frequent OTA updates. Also thanks to the update cycle and support for consoles since then, the inability to maintain a hypothetical Counter Strike 2 PS5 port would mean a lot of effort simply doesn’t strike it. 

There is simply no overtaking the mouse and keyboard combo

Sidelining the logistical issues we discussed for updates and uniform version control across platforms, Counter Strike at its core has its gameplay tightly coupled to the mouse and keyboards of the world. By the time Counter Strike 2 was launched, the franchise was already 20 years old. Be it the old gen rubber ball mouse or the latest optical sensor ones, the eye-hand coordination & precision that the combo capitalized has been unmatched.

Finally the issues of splitting a thriving player base into two modes of matchmaking, one with precise controls and the others with the memeable “stick drift” such as what Rainbox Six: Siege faced in its early days, various system requirement updates, will all create more headache for the console players than what they would enjoy.

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