Posted on March 6, 2012, CJ Miozzi Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Loses Cross-Platform Play
Valve has canceled the plans it had to offer cross-play for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive on the PC, Mac, and PS3.
Valve’s Chet Faliszek said:
The beta has proved we want to update not just the beta, but the game itself post-launch frequently on the PC. To do that we need to separate the platforms so one doesn’t hamstring the other. So for that, we have removed the idea of cross-platform play — essentially make all platforms stronger by not mixing them.
I feel there’s more to the story — it wouldn’t surprise me if the staggering mechanical advantage that PC gamers have over PS3 gamers didn’t play into this decision. This is by no means a jab at console gamers — it’s simple fact that a PC mouse is capable of much greater accuracy than a gamepad or PS3 mouse. PS3 players aren’t less skilled — they’re just operating with a chainsaw rather than a scalpel. It simply isn’t fun to play against an opponent with a huge advantage over you, and I believe nixing cross-platform play was the right move for the health of the game’s PS3 community.