Tuesday, October 10, 2023

No Counter-Strike 2 for Mac

Tim Hardwick (Hacker News):

Valve on Monday said it has no plans for a macOS version of the recently released game Counter-Strike 2, the follow-up title replacing the hugely popular FPS Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.


Last month’s release of Counter-Strike 2 forced a 26GB update for everyone with CS:GO, including Mac users, but after installation those on macOS soon discovered that the update makes the original game as well as the update unplayable because of the lack of support and no rollback option.


Though CS:GO launched all the way back in 2012, it’s still one of the most popular FPS games available today, with tens of millions of players logging in each month. So even if less than 1 percent of the user base is on Mac, that could still account for hundreds of thousands of players.


Vulkan was designed to succeed OpenGL and address some of the latter’s shortcomings, and while there is an open-source library called MoltenVK that provides a Vulkan implementation on top of Apple’s Metal graphics API, it still lacks some of Vulkan’s advanced features.


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Sébastien LeBlanc

Strange considering Dota 2 use MoltenVK and works fine on Mac

Hi Michael,

It’s been a long time since we’ve corresponded, I think since making some covers for ATPM over 15 years ago!

I’m thinking that maybe particular genres of games are encouraged or discouraged by Apple? Two big games that have recently come out on the Mac: Baldur’s Gate 3 and No Man’s Sky.

When I play or find out about a Mac game, I add it to this list:

Hope you are well. It is always a pleasure to read your blog.


@Simon Great to hear from you! And thanks for sharing your list of Mac games.

Based on the updated system requirements for the game, it appears that CS2 relies upon a Vulkan extension called VK_EXT_graphics_pipeline_library. If I had to guess, this extension is not implemented in MoltenVK.

This post has spared me some pain and headaches, since I had CS:GO installed and I was planning to update to CS2…

It seems Valve has CS2 up and running on Mac, they just decided to not release it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxVu09fh_Bg

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