In a day many thought would never come, CounterStrike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) developers, Valve, have released the very long-awaited updated to the games’ UI, called “Panorama UI”.
CS: GO‘s original UI is practically unchanged since 2012, and comes with the baggage that a near 6-year-old UI inevitably will. It was (is?) slow, buggy and had weird restrictions. For example, when queuing for a Ranked game, you couldn’t change any audio or graphical settings. It was annoying and just rubbish. After Valve stated that Panorama UI was the developers’ focus for 2017, this update has been expected for a long time.
In an understated blog post, developers Valve describe the UI changes as “the most substantial change to the look and feel of CS:GO since the game was released in 2012.”
So what’ve they added? Pictures show it better than I could ever describe:
Frankly, it’s just so much better and a more modern feel for a game that celebrated it’s 20th Birthday yesterday.
Reddit detectives have been on the case and found multiple “hidden” additions that came along with Panorama UI. User Odland81 found that yesterday evenings update brought about a new reload animation for the CZ-75, 64 tick demo replays which, if you’re into rewatching your old matches, will mean that the playback is much smoother. Valve also added and changed some more minor things that you can check out in the post above.
If you want to play around with the new UI, you can opt-in to the Beta depot on Steam. Do note that you can only play against bots with the new UI.