Valve finally addressed player issues with visibility with their new update in CSGO

Nafiu Aziz
By Nafiu Aziz
3 Min Read
Image Credit: Valve

Visibility was always an issue in Counter-strike which became much worse with the operation shattered web update.

Things got so worse after the inclusion of new character skins that players with disabilities were unable to play the game at a high level. Valve finally responded to the player’s complaints regarding the visibility issue with their game.

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With the new update, Valve boosted player contrast so that they can be more visible in the darker areas of the game as well as areas where players used to blend in with their backgrounds at far distances.

The before and after image

CSGO character contrast boosted
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A good look at the before and after image reveals that Valve boosted player contrast to significantly improve player visibility. This should also improve the experience of colorblind people so that they can detect enemies more accurately at further distances.

Here’s what new in the latest updates:
— Increases the character’s contrast against the background at far distances.
— Strengthens edge pixels for characters at far distances.
— Creates a small blur around a character to reduce background noise.
— It creates a small contrasting halo around a character when there is no color difference between the character and the environment.

Before this update players with impaired vision used to face a lot of flack while playing in any competitive lobby. Valve is finally taking feedbacks more seriously and making real changes. Some players in the counter-strike community are now praising VALORANT for lighting a fire under Valve to compete with Riot. Valve finally found a new conviction to make CSGO a better game for everyone.

This is one of the good examples of what competition does for consumers. Valve finally having a competent rival has definitely made a huge impact on how they are treating counter-strike at the moment.

Nafiu Aziz is an avid gamer and a writer at GameRiv, covering Apex Legends, CS:GO, VALORANT, and plenty of other popular FPS titles in between. He scours the internet daily to get the latest scoop in esports.