Counter-Strike: Global Offensive might be the most popular video game on Steam, however it’s likewise a quite old game. A lot of advancements have been made in legibility and design ever since, and CS: GO hasn’t always kept up. So in the most current spot, Valve have tried to make the gamer models a little more available with a brand-new option.

It’s called “Increase Player Contrast”, and it does specifically what it says on the tin. “Given That CS: GO’s release in 2012, a few of the most typical feedback we’ve received has had to do with the challenge of spotting characters in the world,” Valve stated in an official blog site post.

It makes good sense: CS: GO embraced that military-grade colour scheme from CS variations of old, but modernised the gamer models with sharper textures and backgrounds. However the downside was that gamers combined into the background a lot more than in CS: Source and CS 1.6, and naturally, players weren’t too thrilled. That particularly became troublesome as newer, more stylised games struck the market, showcasing the impact different visual design could have.

So today, characters in CS: GO are rendered a little in a different way. By increasing the edge pixels for models at long variety, increasing contrast against background textures, including a “contrasting halo” around characters when their colour mixes in with the surroundings, and lowering background sound by means of a percentage of blur, you get this:

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The general impact is that counter-terrorist models, for example, appear as a far more noticeable shade of black. The halo result particularly assists when spotting characters at extremely long range– believe from Monster to Heaven on Overpass, for example.

“To assist characters stand apart from the background at longer ranges, we’ve decreased the fogging on characters throughout all maps (and somewhat increased the world fog in Dust 2),” Valve added.

To allow the new alternative, you’ll discover it under the Advanced tab of CS: GO’s video choices. When I launched the video game after patching, the option was made it possible for by default, so opportunities are you won’t have to do anything to get the enhancements.

The complete spot notes the changes made to all the maps, with Overpass, Cache, Mirage and Dust 2 getting the bulk of the treatment. Inferno’s ivy in CT generate has been minimised a little also. However for the many part, the modifications involve getting rid of scrap from specific areas, or enhancing the brightness/lighting in particular passageways and chokepoints.

Cache and Dust 2 have had some crucial structural modifications: Dust 2’s mid doors have been flipped around, while Cache’s sniper nest– that’s the little window at mid on the CT side of the map– has actually swapped the ladder out for a box.

However for the most part, CS: GO is a bit simpler to see. The result is most popular in instances where players are bending behind things or obscured in some way– like the cars and trucks at Dust 2’s A long, or inside the B website. It’s not the last modifications the devs are promising to make, although there’s no word how comprehensive those changes will be, or when they’re anticipated to deliver. This is Valve, after all.