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Best CS2 commands. List of commands you need to know

Best CS2 commands. List of commands you need to know

21.10.2023, 17:19

Counter-Strike 2 has introduced a lot of changes to our beloved FPS series. It affects aspects such as the CS2 ranking system, and the way you should approach training in order to perform well. However, all the updates that Valve have already released will also affect the way CS2 works. There are a number of commands that you need to know in order to get the most out of Counter-Strike 2 and, on the other hand, there are also a few commands that a lot of us used in CS:GO and cannot use in CS2.

How to enable the console in CS2

To use any console command in Counter-Strike 2, you will need to turn on the game console. You cad to do this in just a few simple steps:

  1. Turn on Counter-Strike 2.
  2. Go to in-game settings.
  3. Click on the “Game” tab.
  4. Look for “Enable Developer Console (~)” option.
  5. Change value to “Yes”.
  6. Click ` or ~ to turn on the game console in Counter-Strike 2.

Most important CS2 commands

Here is a list of the most important and useful Counter-Strike 2 commands that will make your gaming sessions easier and better in many different ways.

  • cl_showfps 1 - Set the value of this command to 1 to see how many FPS you have in the game. You can also try values from 2 to 5. The information displayed will vary depending on the value you choose.
  • cq_nethraph 1 - If you've been looking for the net_graph command from the CS:GO era, you'll know that it's not available in CS2. Instead, you can use the cq_netgraph command to get a real-time view of your latency.
  • r_show_build_info 0 - While playing CS2, you may have noticed that in the bottom left corner of the screen, there is information about the build of the game. Thanks to this command, you can turn it off.
  • fps_max 0 - To unlock the full potential of your PC, set fps_max to 0. Otherwise, your FPS will be locked at the default value, no matter how powerful your gaming setup is.
  • sensitivity - This seems obvious, but it's worth mentioning. This command allows you to set the sensitivity of your mouse.
  • cl_crosshair_recoil - This is a new command. If you enable it, your crosshair will move according to the recoil of your weapon.
  • r_fullscreen_gamma - Another new command in Counter-Strike. This allows you to adjust the brightness in CS2. It's set to 2.2 by default, but 2.5 is recommended by many players.
  • snd_voipvolume - This command has replaced voice_scale, which you may have used in CS:GO. It allows you to set the volume of the in-game voice chat.
  • voice_modenable - This was known as voice_enable in CS:GO. It allows you to enable (if set to 1) or disable (if set to 0) the in-game voice chat.
  • volume - A well known Counter-Strike command that allows you to adjust the sound volume.
  • cl_hud_radar_scale - This CS2 command allows you to adjust the size of the radar.
  • cl_radar_always_centred - This command decides whether your radar is centred on your current position in the game or not.

Most useful CS2 launch commands

Launch commands are another type of commands that will affect your Counter-Strike 2 experience. They are not typed in directly in the game. Here is where you can find them:

  1. Open Steam and go to Library.
  2. There's a list of games on the left, find "Counter-Strike 2".
  3. Right-click on it and select 'Properties'.
  4. A new window will open, scroll down in the "General" section and look for "Launch Options". There's a line of text just below it. Enter your launch commands here.
  • -novid - This command will disable the intro that's played before Counter-Strike 2 starts. You will get to the main menu quicker.
  • -high - This launch option will give CS2 a high priority in terms of CPU usage, so it should give you a few extra FPS.
  • -vulkan - This launch option is said to increase FPS, especially on weaker game setups. It's worth trying to see if it actually helps in your case.

As for the other CS2 launch options, it's unclear which will work and which won't. There is some speculation that Valve has removed most of the ones we know from the CS:GO era, but this hasn't been confirmed yet.

Deleted CS2 commands

There are also a bunch of commands that most of us used in the CS:GO era that are no longer available in CS2. Some of the most important ones are cl_righthand 0, which allowed an in-game model to use the left hand. Another is r_cleardecals, which removed blood stains and bullet marks. cl_hund_background_alpha is also no longer available in Counter-Strike 2. This command was used to set the transparency of the HUD.

As Counter-Strike 2 is still a relatively new game, the list of available and removed commands may change in the future. Valve is still working on many aspects of CS2, so the upcoming update may affect the list of available commands.

Bartosz Słodownik
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