Can you play CS2 on console? Is there a PlayStation & Xbox version?

Nathan Warby
Counter-Strike 2 characters holding weapons.

CS2 is finally out, leaving FPS fans around the world ecstatic, but are console players able to join in on the legendary shooter’s sequel? Here’s everything you need to know about Counter-Strike 2 on PlayStation and Xbox.

After CSGO dominated the FPS scene for over a decade, Valve have finally released the next chapter of the groundbreaking shooter series. CS2 is officially out, with several players already diving into the classic FPS game’s several playlists.

While PC users will be more concerned about the skins they’ve earned in the last 11 years carrying over, console players will be wondering if they can play Counter-Strike 2 on their devices.

Here’s everything we know about CS2 on PlayStation and Xbox platforms.

CS2 players with an M4A1-S on Inferno.
Counter-Strike 2 is the sequel to CS:GO.

Is CS2 on console?

If you’re a PlayStation or Xbox gamer, there is currently no way for you to play CS2. Counter-Strike 2 is only available to PC players, and even Linux and MacOS owners are unable to access the game.

Valve are finally letting the entire Steam community experience Counter-Strike 2, and players are quickly filling up lobbies in hopes of ranking up, practicing on the new maps, or earning their weekly drops.

Will CS2 be on PlayStation & Xbox in the future?

As it stands, Counter-Strike 2 will not be on PlayStation or Xbox for the foreseeable future. With the sequel established as a PC-exclusive and no word at the moment on whether or not a console port is in development, players not on PC don’t really have any alternatives to turn to.

Although CSGO did release on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 back in 2012, it is mostly thought of as a PC game, as this is where the majority of its audience chooses to play.

This was partly because the game seemed to play better when using a mouse and keyboard over a controller. Counter-Strike’s gameplay revolves around fast reflexes and accurate gunplay, which is far easier to achieve on a mouse and keyboard.

Valve hasn’t ruled out a PlayStation and Xbox version of CS2, so there’s every chance it will arrive on console later down the line, once the game has received a handful of updates to iron out any early issues.

However, as of now, console players will have to rely on watching streamers and esports events to get their fill of Counter-Strike 2.

That’s all you need to know about CS2’s availability on console. For more on the FPS title, check out the following articles:

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About The Author

Nathan is a Senior Writer at CharlieIntel. He’s an expert in EA Sports FC, Call of Duty, and Overwatch, as well as superhero games, including Marvel’s Spider-Man. With a master's degree in Magazine Journalism from Nottingham Trent University, he worked as a Trainee Reporter for Derbyshire Live before moving into games media, with bylines at Dexerto, Cultured Vultures, and more. You can contact Nathan by email at [email protected].