Counter Strike 2: Best Launch Options

Enable your gameplay to its maximum peak by stabilizing the game's performance through the launch options.

Launch Options for Counter-Strike 2
Counter Strike 2 Best Launch Option

The most preferable method to maintain the performance of Counter Strike 2 is through applying launch commands. The best launch options are the ones that focus on increasing the performance of Counter Strike 2 rather than its video quality. However, in my thoughts, not every command is useful. Therefore, make sure to add those which carry some impact.

Key Takeaways

  • Open the game’s property by right-clicking on it in the Steam Library.
  • Scroll down to see the Launch Options in the General tab.
  • You can copy and paste these launch options as it is (-high -novid +mat_queue_mode 2 +fps_max 0 +cl_forcepreload 1 -softparticlesdefaultoff +cl_interp ratio 1 +cl_interp 0.031 +violence_hblood -console).

Commands Impact
To put Counter-Strike as a priority application
-novid Disable the introduction video
+mat_queue_mode 2
Enables the multicore processing
+fps_max 0 Removes FPS limit
+cl_forcepreload 1 Maps are preloaded
-softparticlesdefaultoff Disable particle effects
+cl_interp_ratio 1
To effect camera shaking while shooting
+cl_interp 0.031 
To effect camera shaking while shooting
+violence_hblood Disable blood effects
To enable console command upon running the game

How To Set Launch Options

Launch Options in Steam
Applying commands in Launch Options | Image credits: Gamesual

You must follow a few simple steps to set the launch options.

  • Open the Steam Library and right-click on Counter-Strike 2.
  • Click on Properties and enter the General tab.
  • Under the Launch Options section, you can enter the commands.
  • Close the game’s properties after that and run the game.

Best Launch Options

Counter-Strike 2 gameplay
Better gameplay performance without too many visuals compromised | Image credits: Gamesual

The issue I faced was the stuttering in the gameplay. Applying the commands to increase the game’s performance proved quite efficient in such a matter. The launch options I prefer for Counter-Strike 2 mainly focus on better gameplay by providing smooth fps and some mechanics changes.

  • -high (Your system will prioritize Counter-Strike 2 over any other application)
  • -novid (Skip the introduction video)
  • +mat_queue_mode 2 (To effectively increase the FPS)
  • +fps_max 0 (Remove the limit on FPS. Better for high-end systems)
  • +cl_forcepreload 1 (Forces maps to load before the match)
  • -softparticlesdefaultoff (Turns off particle effects. Better performance)
  • +cl_interp_ratio 1 (A ratio for interpolation settings. Can also be kept at value 2)
  • +cl_interp 0.031 ( Minimum interpolation value for better aiming.)
  • +violence_hblood (Optional. Turns off blood effects)
  • -console (Ease of access to console command)

Regarding the -console, you can check out our guide on How to open the Console in Counter-Strike 2 and get familiar with its commands. 

Tweaking your game settings manually from the in-game settings menu can surely improve the performance outcome. However, some performance-related entities will still run in the background, causing significant setbacks in the gameplay. 

My Thoughts

These are the launch options that I have observed are still impactful. There are a few commands that you may find effective on performance but now have become obsolete. Explicitly, the -threads command indicates the number of cores from your processor to put in the play, but Counter-Strike 2 now automatically assigns them. 

All in all, the commands I have mentioned above will be sufficient for a better gameplay experience. However, more commands can highly affect the performance and degrade the game’s graphics.

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