Downloading and installing CS 1.6, as it is popularly known the original version of Counter-Strike, is something extremely simple. The game is still one of the most popular First Person Shooter (FPS) games in the world for being extremely lightweight and accessible thanks to Steam. Here’s how to play CS 1.6 on PC.

How to download CS 1.6: requirements and tips to install

How to download and install CS (Counter-Strike) 1.6

The original version of Counter-Strike is known as CS 1.6 to differentiate it from other titles in the series was released in 2000. But since 2003, the game has been supported by Steam, then Valve’s newly-created client to provide updates to their own games, which then evolved into digital store and social network.

Although there are other ways to get the CS 1.6 installer, the legal method to install the game on your computer is to purchase the game through Steam.

  1. Go to and buy CS 1.6 for your account;
  2. Open Steam on your computer and install the game.

That simple.

CS 1.6 is compatible with Windows, MacOS and Linux and once in your account, you can install on any computer where the Steam client is logged in with your user.

System requirements CS 1.6

Being CS 1.6 a game beyond old, the system requirements to run it are not even very demanding. In general, any Windows, Mac or Linux machine supports running the classic Valve FPS with one foot on the back while sucking cane and whistling.

In any case, check below the minimum and/or recommended specifications for each operating system. They all require the use of keyboard and mouse to play:

  • Windows (minimum): 500 MHz processor, 96 MB RAM, 16 MB GPU and Windows XP;
  • Windows (recommended): 800 MHz processor, 128 MB RAM, GPU with 32 MB or more, Windows XP and later;
  • macOS (minimum): OS X Snow Leopard, 1 GB RAM, 4 GB disk space, nVidia Geforce 8 Series GPU, ATI X1600 or Intel HD 3000;
  • Linux (minimum): Ubuntu 12.04, dual-core Intel or AMD 2.8 GHz processor, 1 GB RAM, nVidia GeForce 8600 or 9600GT GPU, ATI Radeon HD2600 or HD3600, 4 GB disk space, OpenGL 2.1 driver, sound card compatible with OpenAL.

As you can tell, unless your PC is weaker than a toaster (since not the Data), it will run CS 1.6 with clearance.


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