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How to Download Counter-Strike 2 (CS2)

The release of Counter-Strike 2, which will be offered as a free upgrade to CS:GO, is scheduled for the summer of 2023.

It’s expected to showcase a significant technological advancement in the game’s history.

Currently, a limited test phase is ongoing where players can try out the game’s new features like the new smoke mechanics.

Smoke is now capable of expanding naturally to fill spaces, like flowing out of doors or broken windows, as well as combining with other smoke.

In addition, the smoke particles have been integrated with a unified lighting system that delivers more authentic light and color representation.

If you’re looking to download CS2 right now, read on to find out the requirements.

In this guide, you’ll learn how to download Counter-Strike 2 (CS 2 or CS:GO 2) limited beta test on Steam.

How to download Counter-Strike 2

How to download Counter-Strike 2

To download Counter-Strike 2, you need to be invited to the limited beta testing.

You can check if you’re invited by updating CS:GO and launching the game.

If you’re invited, you’ll receive a notification in the main menu and you can click on the “Enroll” button to download the game.

Here’s how to play CS2:

  1. Update CS:GO and launch the game on Steam.
  2. If you’re invited, you’ll receive a notification in the main menu saying that you’re invited to the limited test.
  3. Click on the “Enroll” button to download and play Counter-Strike 2.

Source: Counter-Strike 2 Limited Test FAQ.

Players are selected by multiple factors that are important to the development team.

This includes recent playtime on the official Valve servers, overall trust, and Steam account standing.

If you’re not invited, you need to wait as more players will be added to the limited test over time.

Launch CS:GO every day and check if you’re invited to the limited test.

How much disk space does Counter-Strike 2 require?

Counter-Strike 2 requires a minimum disk space of 15 GB.

If you don’t have enough space, you need to delete unwanted files, folders, photos, and videos.

Can I play the Counter-Strike 2 Limited Test on Linux or macOS?

No, the Counter-Strike 2 Limited Test is not available on Linux or macOS.

It’s currently only available on the Windows operating system.

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