Here are the best CS:GO setup and launch options

Here are the best CS:GO setup and launch options
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Play in optimal conditions.

CS: GO is one of the oldest competitive titles on the market. As of CS 1.6, the level of competition only increased further, and you will need all the perks you can get to outperform the rest.

Most CS: GO players are already familiar with the game, either by playing previous versions or simply by how long they have been playing. While the only way to fill the experience gap is to play, it is important that you do so in the most optimal of circumstances.

When you start CS: GO for the first time, the game will automatically configure its settings according to your hardware. Although you will most likely have a smooth gaming experience, automatic settings will often focus on providing the best visual results with minimal performance losses. It might seem like there's nothing wrong with that, but you'll want all the extra frames you can get on your side if you really want to achieve that Global Elite rank.

Professional and veteran gamers rely on high refresh rate monitors, and higher frames will allow you to unlock their full potential. A high refresh rate monitor will allow you to acquire visual information faster than anyone else with a 60Hz monitor, giving you a slight competitive edge in the process.

In addition to tweaking the settings for the better, you can also use startup options/commands that offer the quality of life improvements. If you've been annoyed by the intro video you always thought you had to watch before heading to the main menu, you'll be happy to know that there is a command that automatically skips that video.

Here are the best CS: GO settings to help you take your game to the next level, as well as the console commands to make your life easier.

The best CS:GO settings

"Best" is a subjective term when it comes to settings. It can depend on whether a player values visual quality over performance and vice versa. However, when you take a closer look at the setup of most top-tier players, you may notice a pattern.

Most have similar designs, which means that there is a configuration design close to the best that you can apply. Although the following settings are based on various familiar names such as ZywOo, s1mple, and shroud, you can only improve them with your own settings.

The best video settings for CS:GO

  • Brightness: 80 percent
    • Your brightness settings will largely depend on the brightness of your monitor, but 80 percent is a sweet spot when it comes to gaming settings.
  • Aspect ratio: 4:3
  • Resolution: 1280x960
    • The above resolution and aspect ratio settings will basically stretch your game. Things will look a little out of place at first, but the player models will be expanded by applying these settings, making it easier to take pictures.
  • Display mode: Fullscreen
  • Laptop power savings: Disabled

Advanced video settings

  • Global shadow quality: High
    • While veteran gamers prefer to keep most of their settings at the lower end of the spectrum, global shadow quality is an exception that everyone makes. Keeping this setting high will make it easier to spot enemies by their shadows, increasing your general knowledge of the map.
  • Model / Texture detail: Low
    • It's quite difficult to distinguish between the low-end and high-end gaming models unless you're looking at them point-blank.
  • Texture streaming: Disabled
  • Effect detail: Low
  • Shader detail: Low
  • Boost player contrast: Enabled
    • Increasing the player contrast makes the player models more distinguishable compared to other elements in the game.
  • Multi-core rendering: Enabled
    • This is a must-have setup if you have a multi-core processor.
  • Multisampling anti-aliasing mode: 8x MSAA
    • Anti-aliasing is seen primarily as a performance hog. While it requires some level of resources, it makes the game look much smoother by making the edges lighter. This setting is critical for players looking to increase their headshot rate. If you notice that your frames decrease significantly after turning on the anti-aliasing features, we recommend turning them off.
  • FXAA anti-aliasing: Enabled
  • Texture filtering mode: Anisotropic 8x
    • Usually, the texture filter mode has almost no influence on the frame rate, which makes the game noticeably better.
  • Wait for vertical sync: Disabled
    • Keep vertical sync disabled since it introduces input lag.
  • Motion blur: Disabled
    • Motion blur adds a little blur effect when you move the camera too fast while playing CS: GO. Despite adding a realistic feel to the game, it makes it harder to spot enemies while moving.
  • Triple-monitor mode: Disabled
  • Use uber shaders: Disabled

The best audio settings for CS:GO

The quality of your audio will largely depend on your headphones while playing CS: GO. Higher-level headphones will have a better time while distinguishing quieter sounds like footsteps. The only recommendation that you can apply to your settings is to disable the music option.

Although CS: GO has a few hits to allow everyone to switch to their game faces, the beats can sometimes be distracting.

The best crosshair settings for CS:GO

A general rule of thumb when adjusting crosshair settings is to choose a color that you can easily differentiate from other surfaces in the game. Colors like gray will be harder to follow, and bright shades of green and red will make sure you never lose your eyes in messy fights.

  • Crosshair style: Classic static
  • Center dot: No
  • Length: 3.0
  • Thickness: 1.1
  • Gap: -3.0
  • Outline: Disabled
  • Red: 255
  • Green: 255
  • Blue: 165
  • Alpha: 255
  • T-style: No
  • Deployed weapon gap: No
  • Show player crosshairs: Everyone

The best launch options in CS:GO

There are many other settings in CS:GO that you can customize. The game settings are full of different setting options, but they don't include everything you can play.

Launch commands or options allow you to change the settings that your game will apply each time you launch it.

Here are the best launch options in CS:GO.

  • -novid
    • CS:GO itself doesn't take long to launch, but the interaction video can make it feel like years. Things will only get worse if you also have your sound maxed out, so be sure to use this startup option to save time and your hearing.
  • -nojoy
    • This startup command disabled joystick support for CS: GO. Most gamers believe that it reduces the amount of memory CS: GO needs, thus increasing overall performance.
  • -high
    • This command will set CS: GO as a high priority for your CPU. This means that your CPU will focus more of its resources to help CS: GO perform better, increasing the total frame count by a couple of numbers in the process.
  • -tickrate 128
    • Competitor servers in CS: GO run at a tick rate of 128, while others keep it at 64. This command sets the tick rate to 128 for all "Offline with Bots" games, which are useful if you are looking to practice something in the game. mechanics.
  • +cl_forcepreload 1
    • Not everyone plays with a fast SSD that allows them to load games in seconds. If you have a slower hard drive and are still loading while others are playing the game, you can try this console command to preload most of the map details and sounds. This will decrease load times, but CS: GO may start to use a little more memory.
  • -console
    • Every old school CS: GO player will have a ton of commands that they will need to enter or want to try when launching CS: GO. While there is a hotkey to open the console, you can also have it open by default each time you start CS: GO.

You will need to right-click on CS: GO from your Steam library and click "Properties" to use the above startup options. Head over to the "General" tab and the "Launch Options" should be at the bottom of the window.

You can find a full list of the launch options available for CS: GO here. Note that most of the options were added to the game's settings menu over time, so we recommend double-checking that you're not changing a setting that you can customize via the game's menu with a start option.


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