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Is CS2 Steam Deck compatible?

Playing Counter-Strike 2 on the Steam Deck isn't a challenge, but without controller support, it may be best to aim your sights to playing on the PC instead.

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Is CS2 Steam Deck compatible? While Valve’s handheld may not be the most competitive way to play Counter-Strike 2, the Steam Deck more than gets the job done when subbing in for your PC, allowing you to engage in a few rounds of Arms Race.

Like some of the best Steam Deck games, the Counter-Strike 2 system requirements call for 85GB of install space, which is a hefty chunk of your handheld’s storage capacity. Check out the best microSD for Steam Deck if you need more of that precious storage space, especially if you’re sporting the 64GB model of the PC gaming handheld.

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Is CS2 Steam Deck compatible? 

Yes, Counter-Strike 2 is compatible on the Steam Deck, and has received a ‘playable’ commendation from Valve.

Counter-Strike 2 has replaced Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, with the newest entry in the series having arrived as a free update. As of now, CS2 has been stated as ‘Playable’ on the Steam Deck by Valve. The competitive first-person shooter just misses out on being fully ‘verified’, as some in-game text is illegible on the Steam Deck’s 1280 x 800 sized screen.

Although Counter-Strike 2 is playable on the Steam Deck, it doesn’t currently have controller support for the handheld, meaning you can’t access in-game menus or play the game through use of the handheld’s D-pad or thumb sticks. For the time being, if you plan on playing CS2 on the go, we recommend using a gaming mouse and keyboard, connected via a Steam Deck dock, or via Bluetooth.

Check out our guide to every map in Counter-Strike 2, to familiarize yourself with your new surroundings, and if you’re a CS veteran, check what maps are returning to this free update. If playing Counter-Strike 2 on the go isn’t for you, our best CS2 settings guide for max FPS has all the details you need to have the most fully optimized, first-person shooter experience on your PC gaming setup.