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How to get started with the devoloper console in CS:GO.

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In this article we have detailed how you can open the command console in CS: GO through the settings menu.

If you want to play Counter Strike: Global Offensive competitively, then you’ll want access to the developer console in order to enable a few hidden tools.

To newcomers this will sound pretty ridiculous as you’d expect any game to be ready to go from the moment you install it.

While this is technically the case, CS:GO is a competitive shooter that provides you with unparalleled freedom when it comes to personalising your experience. Enabling the developer console is the first important step to making the game truly your own.

Essentially, enabling the developer console will allow you to input certain commands. Hit enter on a command and you may be able to see how many FPS your PC is churning out, change the colour and size of your crosshair on the fly and even alter the appearance of the minimap and where it’s positioned on screen. It’s staggering how many options the developer console opens up to you!

While we’re not diving into the specifics of console commands in this article, we’ll be talking you through how to see it in-game, as this can frankly be a challenge in itself - especially if you’re brand new to CS:GO.

How to open the developer console in CS:GO

Here’s a simple step by step guide to help you open the developer console through the options menu in-game.

  • Once you’ve launched CS:GO, you’ll be brought to a main menu screen.
  • Click the “Options” button and then head on over to the “Game Settings” screen.
  • Scan through the list until you see the “Enable Developer Console” option and set it to “Yes”.
  • Now that you’ve done this, make sure you click “Apply” at the bottom of the screen before moving on.
  • Click “Options” again, but this time, select “Keyboard and Mouse” settings.
  • Search for the “Toggle Console” option, click on it and bind it to the key you’d feel most comfortable with. Try and avoid clashing it with another if possible, as this’ll make life much easier!
  • Again, click “Apply” before closing the options screen and heading back to the main menu.
  • Nice, all done.

If you’ve followed these instructions precisely, just press the button you’ve bound the console to and it’ll bring it up regardless of whether you’re in-game or not.

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Why would you want to open the console?

As we’ve mentioned above, entering commands into the developer console is one of the main ways you’ll be able to customise the game to fit your playstyle. You can customise practically every aspect of the game’s appearance to make eliminating enemies that little bit easier for you.

Here’s a quick snippet of what’s possible:

  • Complete crosshair customisation.
  • You can change many aspects of the minimap.
  • Character model bob and gun position can be altered.
  • You can view all sorts of in-depth stats to determine how well your PC is running the game.
  • It’s one of the main ways to control practice games as you can enable and disable bots, hit registration and more.

Of course there are many, many more things you can achieve with the command console, so it’s vital you learn how to open it up and get used to using it.

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