CS Beta

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There is a beta version of Counter-Strike 1.6 available for testing. This beta introduces in game advertising. For the duration of the beta default Valve ads will be used, once the feature is released a wider range of advertisements will be present.

Warning: This engine is currently in a testing phase. Running this beta version may cause problems running Half-Life 1 games under Steam. If this is the case, please consider submitting a bug report, describing the problem and its repro steps and your system configuration. You can also disable the Counter-Strike beta by following the instructions in the Switching back to the non-beta engine section below.

Getting the Counter-Strike Beta

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Warning.png Important: You should also disable Steam from running automatically when Windows starts, to prevent it from running the non-beta Half-Life 1 engine. To disable Steam from running automatically:

  1. Open the Steam window.
  2. Choose Settings from the File menu.
  3. Click on the Interface tab.
  4. Uncheck the Run Steam when Windows starts option.

If you wish to have the Counter-Strike Beta launch when Windows starts, you can add a copy of your edited shortcut to the Windows Startup program group, under Start Menu > All Programs > Startup.



  • D3D rendering issue fixed
  • Small hud images fixed
  • Aliasing images on scoreboard/spectator hud fixed

Known Issues

Bug reporting

To report any issues you find with the Counter-Strike Beta (and not the regular standard engine and games releases), visit these articles:

Switching back to the non-beta engine

You can revert to the "non-beta" standard Counter-Strike release by following these steps:

  1. Exit Steam if it's currently running by right-clicking on the Steam tray icon and choosing Exit.
  2. Open the Windows shortcut you use to launch Steam and remove -beta cs.
  3. Launch Steam from the shortcut.
  4. Re-enable Run Steam when Windows starts option if desired.
  5. If you also added a modified Steam shortcut to the Windows Startup program group in order to launch the Counter-Strike Beta automatically, it also must be removed or edited.