For those eagerly awaiting the arrival of Counter-Strike 2 on the PlayStation 5, the news isn’t promising. Valve, the game’s developer, has so far only announced the game for Steam, MacOS, and Linux/SteamOS.
However, with Riot Games’ FPS title Valorant reportedly heading to consoles, there may be hope for a tactical shooter experience on the PS5 in the future.
The Current State of Affairs
Counter-Strike 2 is set to launch later this year, and fans have been speculating about the possibility of a multi-platform Counter-Strike experience. As it stands, the game has only been officially announced for Steam, macOS, and SteamOS (Linux).
The only console that can officially run the game is Valve’s own Steam Deck, which can handle both Steam and non-Steam titles. Other Windows-based handheld consoles, like the ROG Ally, may also be capable of running the game.
Curious about the two? Here’s how the Steam Deck and ROG Ally stack up against each other.
The Console Conundrum
Counter-Strike 2 is optimized for mouse and keyboard gameplay, and it lacks proper controller support. The Steam Deck, while technically a console, offers a significantly different experience compared to playing on a PC, with a small 1280×800 display and a frame rate capped at 60 frames per second.
This is notably lower than what even older laptops can provide.
The PS5 Possibility
As for the possibility of Counter-Strike 2 releasing on the PlayStation 5, fans will have to wait for an official announcement from Valve. Until then, the game remains exclusive to macOS, Steam, and SteamOS (Linux).
It’s crucial not to get overly optimistic about a PS5 release of Counter-Strike 2 until Valve makes an official statement. However, for those seeking a similar experience, Valorant might be the closest option, with rumors suggesting potential releases on PlayStation and Xbox following recent job listings at Riot Games.
Counter-Strike 2 is set to arrive later this year, and players can check out the Limited Beta Test on any of the compatible platforms.
If CS2 is getting released later on, it could potentially intertwine with the rumored PS5 Pro.