Yes, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive runs on M1 Macs via Rosetta 2.
Counter-Strike single-handedly shaped competitive first-person shooters into what they are today. And Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, is the improved and refined sequel that is now free-to-play and gets better every year.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive on Mac
Developer Valve has always been a big macOS supporter and their CS: GO Mac version is proof of that. The Mac version of the game has exactly the features as the Windows-version, including cross-platform multiplayer.
|Shooter:||Shooter||64-Bit Support:||M1 Support:||Rosetta 2|
Is Counter-Strike: Global Offensive worth it? The reviews
Counter-Strike: GO has been around for a long time now, but make no mistake, it continues to receive major updates every year and is still considered one of the best first-person shooters available today:
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Mac requirements
These are the game’s official Mac requirements:
|Processor:||2.0 GHz Intel Core Duo|
|Memory:||2 GB RAM|
|Graphics:||ATI Radeon HD 2400, NVidia 8600M or better|
|Hard Drive:||15 GB|
PS: Graphics requirements may demand a dedicated graphics card, but we have successfully tested the game on several Macs with integrated graphics in the past.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive M1 Mac support
Yes, Counter-Strike: GO runs on M1 Macs with Apple Silicon via Rosetta 2.
Last Updated: Jan 21, 2021:
Launch issues: CS: GO is currently having issues that prevent it from going past the intro cut-scene.
To resolve them:
- Go to the game’s Properties on Steam:
- and paste the following code in Launch options: “-w 800 -h 600 -refresh 60”:
The game was tested on the following M1 Mac:
- 13-inch MacBook Air (2020): Apple M1 chip with 8-core CPU, 8 GB RAM
As you can see below, the game is still exclusively written for Intel-based Macs, but thanks to Rosetta 2, CS: GO can nonetheless run great on M1 Macs:
What is Rosetta 2? Rosetta 2 is a translation process that enables an M1 Mac with Apple silicon to use apps built for Intel-based Macs.
- MacBook Air: MacOS Big Sur version 11.1
- CS: GO: Content release date: Jan 29, 2021
More M1 gaming? Visit our M1 Supported Games list for 100+ Mac games we have tested and confirmed as M1-compatible.
Counter-Strike M1 Mac benchmarks
These are the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive M1 benchmarks we have gathered so far:
|Benchmarks||Medium Settings & 900p||Max Settings & 900p||Medium Settings & 1280p|
|MacBook Air (M1, 2020)||65 FPS||42 FPS||45 FPS|
As a reminder, this is how we describe the different levels of performance:
- Below 20 FPS: Unplayable: Laggy gameplay, full of stutters and slowdowns.
- 20-30 FPS: Borderline: Can be OK in slow-paced games. Still, not optimal.
- 30-45 FPS: Playable: Acceptable for most (most gaming consoles do this).
- 45-60 FPS: Smooth: Fluid gameplay, with no perceivable stutters.
- 60+ FPS: Very Smooth: For hardcore and professional players, a luxury for most.
We usually aim for 30 FPS, because 30 FPS is enough to guarantee a smooth and fluid experience for most casual gamers.
M1 Performance VS Intel Macs
This is how CS: GO runs on M1 Macs compared to equivalent Intel Macs:
|Benchmarks||2020 M1 MacBook Air||2016 13-inch MacBook Pro||Difference|
|Medium Settings & 800p||70 FPS||39 FPS||+79%|
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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Mac download
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