Can you play left hand in CS2? Counter-Strike 2 right-hand view model only
Counter-Strike 2, the sequel to CS:GO, seeks to improve upon the previous game in every way – unless, it seems, you are a left-handed player. Here’s everything we know about using left hand in CS2.
When you first boot up Counter-Strike 2, you’ll automatically be set to a right-handed view. This means your player model will hold their weapons and equipment like smokes and nades in their right hand.
Many players chose to swap to a left-handed view in the original CS:GO, either due to preference or to simply move the weapon model out of the way. So, it’s no surprise players want to use the option in CS2 as well.
Is left-hand in CS2?
At the time of writing, it is not possible to use left-handed ViewModel in CS2.
It is not clear why Valve has opted to remove this option, which was previously possible in CS:GO with the cl_righthand 0 command. If you try this command in Counter-Strike 2, it will simply not be recognized.
Theories like player models and shadows being misaligned are possible reasons for left-hand’s omission. Others argue it’s simply not necessary and not the norm in other shooters. Although, Valorant does provide this option.
It’s possible Valve will add left-hand later, as it is so heavily requested, both among casual players and the pro scene. We will update this article as soon as it is possible to use left hand in CS2.
Unfortunately, despite lots of complaints from the community, and frequent updates from the devs, there has been no response to those asking for left-hand view.
Why use left hand in CS2?
If you are left-handed, it’s obvious why you might prefer to use a left-hand view in the game. If you are right-handed, you might think that using a left-handed ViewModel is pointless.
However, even many right-handed players use a command to quickly switch between left and right hand. This is because the weapon and your character’s arms can block the view at times, so switching it quickly frees up your vision on one side.
That’s everything we know about left hand in CS2 so far. If the feature does get added in the future, we’ll be sure to update this page. In the meantime, check out our guides below:
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