Valve continues to improve Counter-Strike: Global Offensive all while banning hundreds of thousands of cheaters each month since the game went free-to-play. In a recent update to the game, Valve has added a new CS: GO launch option, which is said to reduce the CPU memory usage by roughly 40%. That’s a pretty big deal, especially for those who don’t have a powerful gaming PC.
For those who are still new to the game and got in when the game went free-to-play, we’ve got you covered. Here’s how you can set the new CS: GO launch option, step by step:
- In Steam, right click on CS: GO from your library and then click on Properties.
- Click on “set launch options” which you can see just above “create desktop shortcut”.
- Copy and paste this line into the field: -d3d9ex
- Click “OK” and you are set to go.
In the update notes, Valve explains that:
Added an optional -d3d9ex command line switch to reduce CPU memory use by about 40%. If you encounter graphics problems with this feature, please send an email to CSGOTeamFeedback@valvesoftware.com with the subject “D3D9EX”.
Additionally, there are some new communication features in the CS: GO update, allowing you to mute communication from the enemy team, anyone who are not your friends, hide avatars and even show players names as something neutral. You can find these settings in the game’s options menu.
- Mute enemy team
- Block communication from everyone except players you are friends with or players in your matchmaking party
- Hide avatar images
- Change names of players not on your friends list to something neutral
Have you tried out the new CS: GO launch option yet and what do you think about the added communication features? Let us know in the comment section below.
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