In January 2020, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) reached 817.23 thousand concurrent players on Steam. The game reached its record high peak concurrent player number in April 2016, at nearly 850.5 thousand gamers playing at the same time.

With this mammoth statistics of players where some would be competing to put their skill set in use for those matchmaking ranks or some of them who would be queuing up for PUGs on the famous third party clients like FACEIT and ESEA, these players really have their own settings in the game which would help them feel comfortable in the server enabling them to play with some ease and with more precision. If we talk about these settings, they could be the Video settings/ Audio settings as well as the Launch Settings. Today we will shower some light on some famous Launch settings for Valve’s famous FPS Title Counter-Strike:Global offensive.

First and foremost what does the term Launch Settings/ Launch options mean? Launch settings are a set of predefined commands which are entered before we start the game via the properties.

It totally enables you to override the default launch settings and insert your own desirable settings. These Launch settings help you to tailor the game on a more professional level and do enable one to redeem the most out of them. These type of settings do all sorts of things ie they can change your client’s tickrate from, 64t tick to 128 tick, lock your FPS to set a static parameter which can avoid issues like screen tearing, apply an Autoexec, and adjust technical settings. It totally enables you to override the default launch settings and insert your own desirable settings. These Launch settings help you to tailor the game on a more professional level and do enable one to redeem the most out of them.

In my opinion, I wish to list some of the most famous Launch Options which are recognized by the community across the globe.

-novid: With this command fed in the Launch settings, the opening introduction from Valve would be skipped on startup as it really irritates some of us who would always prefer to directly logon to the game.

-tickrate 128: This specific command once entered would launch your CS:GO client with a 128 tickrate interface. With this setting, if you start your own private server for aim training or any other purpose, the default tick rate of the server would directly jump to 128 from 64. It’s believed that the aim precision gets much better on 128 tick servers than 64 tick ones. The utility trajectories do also follow a different pathway to pop.

-refreshrate: With this command, you can make your monitor to adhere to some higher refresh rates but this only comes to be worthy of your monitors’ default refresh rate is higher than 60Hz.

-nod3d9ex: This is the latest launch option provided by a valve which allows the user to quickly Alt+Tab between the game and the desktop. This can be used if you’re playing some music on a third-party application or it could also come to rescue if you’re streaming and you have to encode a few commands.

-high: This will enable your game to run in a high-priority mode. This launch option may help the players with lower-end gaming setups to faceless lag in the game and would allow their game to run more smoothly.