Counter Strike 2 completely replaces Counter Strike: GO in your Steam Library and is free to play for everyone. With the massive player base from the first game, it’s understandable the rush to play it would be a mad dash. Bugs are popping up left and right, and one of the worst sends right back to your desktop. Here’s how to fix Counter Strike 2 crashing on launch.
How to Fix Counter Strike 2 Crashing on Launch
Several reasons could cause Counter Strike 2 to crash on launch, so we’re going to give you a few different things to try and keep this from happening. Many of these are typical troubleshooting suggestions, and none of them are guaranteed to work for everyone. However, they’re all worth a try if you keep running into the problem.
Update Your Drivers
It’s typical that new drivers become available with any launch, not just for a game that’s jumped almost two decades in technology in a split second. If your drivers are behind the times to play it, you might need to update them to make sure your PC can actually run it.
Disable AMD FSR
If you’re running the game using AMD’s FSR setting, try turning it off. It could be conflicting with your system and causing things to get a little hot in your PC, causing a crash.
Some players might realize their computer is a bit old to play CS2 and decide to try overclocking to play it on an older system. This can cause games to crash immediately, and that’s especially the case with newer games. It’s often because you’re overclocking a bit too much, but you’re better off just turning it off completely rather than tweaking things.
Disable Full Screen Mode
For some reason, many games now run better when in window-bordered mode, as opposed to full screen. The effect looks relatively the same, and games run far better. With Counter Strike 2 crashing on launch, go to your settings and disable fullscreen mode.
Close Background Applications
Even if you meet the system requirements for CS2, background applications could be hogging precious RAM and CPU power. Be sure to open Task Manager and see what other programs are running — and frag em’.
That’s how to fix Counter Strike 2 crashing on launch. Hopefully. Again, there’s no guarantee any of these potential solutions will work. For more on CS2, head over to our guides hub.