Counter-Strike 2 feature

Valve states that AMD Anti-Lag+ will get you banned in Counter-Strike 2

AMD has released the Radeon Software Adrenalin 23.10.1 driver for its graphics cards (we’ll have a separate story for it later today). Among other things, this driver enables Anti-Lag+ on the RX 7000 series GPUs for Counter-Strike 2. However, Valve has publically stated that the usage of Anti-Lag+ will get you banned in CS2.

Valve claims that Anti-Lag+ is implemented by detouring engine dll functions. So, since the current implementation of Anti-Lag+ tampers with CS2 code, you’ll receive a VAC ban.

Valve recommends disabling Anti-Lag+, at least for now. Then, once the red team ships an update to it, the developers will work on identifying the affected users and reverse their ban.

For what it’s worth, Counter-Strike 2 currently supports NVIDIA Reflex. Contrary to AMD’s Anti-Lag+, NVIDIA Reflex does not tamper with the game’s source code, so you can safely use it.

Counter-Strike 2 is free to play on Steam right now, featuring overhauled graphics and maps. Valve has rebuilt from the ground up numerous maps, leveraging all of the new Source 2 tools and rendering features. Furthermore, the team has upgraded other maps that use new Source 2 lighting, including a physically based rendering system that produces realistic materials, lighting, and reflections.

Stay tuned for more!