Counter-Strike 2 on PS5 & Xbox, Will CS2 Release on Console?

After over 20 years since the original Counter-Strike and countless versions in between, Counter-Strike 2 has finally been announced. Valve has confirmed that CS2 is coming to Steam this summer in a brand new Source 2 engine with a myriad of improvements and new features that will enhance the game both in terms of gameplay and visually. However, what about the Counter-Strike 2 console release? Will Counter-Strike 2 be on Xbox or the PS5? Here’s what we know about it.

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Counter-Strike 2 on PS5 & Xbox, Will CS2 Release on Console?
CS2 on Xbox Series X/S and PS5?

Counter-Strike 2 Console Release, Will CS2 Come to Xbox and PS5?

Let’s not beat around the bush here and cut straight to the chase. No, unfortunately, Valve will most likely not release Counter-Strike 2 on Xbox Series X/S or PlayStation 5. At least they have no current plans to release it. Valve has only stated that their current plans include a PC (Steam) release this summer.

When it comes to the console, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive was also released on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, but was never ported to either PS4 or Xbox One. And all the recent Valve games, like Artefact, Half-Life: Alyx, and others, are also PC-only titles. Hence, chances for the Counter-Strike 2 console release are slim at the moment. The big issue here is that CS:GO skins ecosystem is inherently connected to Steam, Steam Workshop, and Steam trading. These things simply don’t exist on consoles, and it would be impossible to implement something like that on Xbox or PlayStation 5 due to how these systems operate.

Consequently, to be perfectly frank, unless Microsoft and Sony somehow allow Steam to be installed on their consoles, we can not see Counter-Strike 2 on consoles. It’s not because of the console itself but because of the game’s intricate monetisation and trading system. The Counter-Strike 2 economy is completely intertwined with Steam, and it wouldn’t work on consoles..

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