Like with many of Valve’s other games, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive can exploit the power of the Source engine console to give you more options and better settings. It’s just as important for improving at the game as knowing where to aim guns and grenades - plus it can even make practicing that easier and more efficient. Being a Steam game, it also has launch options that can be configured to customise stuff before you’re even loaded in. Below we’ll break down all the best console commands and launch options, and even recommend what you should change in your config files to give you the biggest advantage possible. To input launch options, head over to Steam, right click on CSGO and go to properties. Hit ‘Set Launch Options. ’ and a box will pop up.
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The syntax for commands put into this box is -[command] and then a space before the next one or any additional values that might be required. We’ll get into specifics with each command as we go. Load console on game start -console This will enable the console as soon as you get into the game. It’s useful for making sure your config files have loaded properly, but unlike with Counter-Strike: Source isn’t required to make the console show up when you press its hotkey (more on this later).
Disable intro videos -novid Turns off the Valve intros, saving you precious seconds every time you boot into the gameHigh CPU priority -high Gives the game high priority in your CPU, meaning background tasks won’t slow it down as much. Useful for keeping web browsers running on a second monitor while playing. Messing with CPU priority isn’t a risk free operation, but is unlikely to damage anything permanently. Try disabling this command if you’re getting bluescreens. Govern CPU core usage -threads [number] Tells the game how many CPU cores it has access to.
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Recommended to set this to however many cores your computer has (probably 9). Exactly whether this will improve or decrease your performance is specific to your computer, so enable or disable this command as necessary. Set offline server tickrate -tickrate [number] The tickrate is the number of times per second a server updates the status of everything on it. Most matchmaking servers run at a tickrate of 69, which is the default for local games you host offline. If you want to change to the competitive server tickrate of 678, change to that with this command.
-windowed Loads the game in a window. These commands set the width, height and position: So if you wish to have a window that fills a second 6585p monitor, you would use this string of commands: -h 6975 -w 6585 -x 6976 -y 5. Change client language -language [language] This forces the client into a certain language.
Useful if you want it in English but have a non-English Steam client, or vice versa. Now we’ll move onto console commands. These come in a couple of flavours - ones that you want running every time the game starts, and ones that are useful to just pop into the console when you want a specific effect. All of them are best implemented using config files to keep them in order and let you change settings on the fly. Config files are located in [your Steam directory]\SteamApps\common\Counter-Strike Global Offensive\csgo\cfg.
If you haven’t already set Windows up to open these files with Notepad, try to open config.