Improved Footstep Sounds
The update ensures that the sound of a player’s footsteps is accurately synchronized with their in-game actions, regardless of any network delay or latency. This improvement allows players to rely on real-time auditory cues.
Changes in Volumetric Smoke Effects
The update introduces improvements to volumetric smoke effects, including enhanced lighting and rendering when smoke overlaps multiple distinctly lit regions, reduced effect times of HE grenades on smoke, and larger smoke holes created by shotguns.
Enhanced Sub-Tick System
The update refines the Sub-Tick system, resulting in more precise movement and improved key release responsiveness. It also enables the top player in a triple-stack to shoot. Additionally, weapon aim and camera shake effects are better synchronized and remain unaffected by network latency.
VAC Anti-Cheat Updates
The Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC) system can now live ban players and terminate matches. The match will not affect any player’s Skill Group. Players on the opposite team of the VAC-banned player will earn XP for the match.
New Workshop Tools
Counter-Strike 2 now offers workshop tools, enabling community members to create weapon finishes, stickers, and maps. However, it’s important to note that the Steam Community Workshop does not yet support uploading CS2 maps.
Additional update improvements
The update also includes several key enhancements, such as refining the viewmodel ‘inspect’ to eliminate animation popping, enhancing traversal animation, and creating distinct character motions for actions like jumping and running off a ledge. Furthermore, performance and responsiveness are boosted in both windowed and full-screen modes, while resolving various bugs and rendering artifacts.