“Counter-Strike 2 represents the largest technical leap in CS history, and our goal is to continue to develop Counter-Strike for years to come,” it said.
“As technology advances, we have made the difficult decision to discontinue support for older hardware, including DirectX 9 and 32-bit operating systems. Similarly, we will no longer support macOS.”
The company said that combined, these platforms represented less than one percent of active Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players.
Moving forward, Counter-Strike 2 will exclusively support 64-bit Windows and Linux.
Players who are unable to launch Counter-Strike 2 with their current hardware will be able to access a legacy version of CS:GO. It’s a frozen build of the game that has all features except for official matchmaking.
However, support for this version of CS:GO will end on January 1, 2024, after which it will still be available, “but certain functionality that relies on compatibility with the Game Coordinator (e.g., access to inventory) may degrade and/or fail”.
Refunds to eligible affected customers who’ve paid for the game’s Prime Status upgrade will be available until December 1, 2023.
Valve released Counter-Strike 2 in late September. The game arrived as a successor to CS:GO, allowing players to bring across their inventory from the older game.
The free-to-play title had been available to some CS:GO players since March as part of a limited technical test.