Can You Use Left Hand Viewmodel in Counter-Strike 2?

In Short
  • Valve has officially added the option to swap viewmodel in CS2 at the press of a button.
  • Press H on your keyboard to change your viewmodel from right to left. You can also customize this keybind under the settings.
  • The console command change still works, and we've mentioned that method for a more customized viewmodel look.

Are you searching for how to switch to the left-hand model in CS2? We also wanted to do the same after getting access to Counter-Strike 2, so we combed through the developer console commands to find the answer. In this guide, we have answered this question and explained if it’s possible to use the left-hand viewmodel in Counter-Strike 2. So, let’s not waste any time and dive right in!

Is Left-Hand View Possible in Counter Strike 2?

[UPDATE: 26 April 2024]: As of today, Valve has added the Left Hand viewmodel into Counter-Strike 2 through a new update. With this, players can now switch their gun viewmodel from the right-hand to the left-hand. This immensely benefits players using the left hand for daily activities, including playing video games and CS2.

Earlier, players could not use a left-handed perspective in Counter-Strike 2, a feature available in CS: GO. Hence, it is good to see Valve slowly adding back features previously available in the game. Maybe the delay in adding such features comes from the Source 2 engine development times and speed.

Additionally, Valve still allows players to use a few model commands to change Viewmodel. You can use them after enabling the developer console. So, we have shown how to customize your viewmodel as per your needs below. We have also given a unique preset as an alternate left-hand viewmodel in CS2. With that said, here is a step-by-step guide for customizing your view model in CS2:

1. Using Official Viewmodel Swap Method

1. Start by opening up Counter-Strike 2 and visiting the Settings. Click on the Cog button on the top-left of the screen.

Click on the settings cog wheel

2. Navigate to the keyboard and mouse tab and scroll down under the keyboard and mouse option. Under the Weapons Key option, you’ll find a new “Switch Viewmodel Left/Right” option. By default, the key is H. However, you can rebind it to your desired option.

Change or memorize the keybind for left hand swap in Counter-Strike 2

Congratulations, you can now switch Viewmodel anytime with a press of a button mid-match.

How to Customize Counter-Strike 2 Viewmodel Settings Using Console Commands

Fortunately, this method still works and gives you even more control over your viewmodel placement. However, some extra steps are required. Regardless, if you want to place your viewmodel in a customized placement, use these methods.

1. Start by enabling the developer console in CS2. To do this, open Settings by clicking on the gear icon at the top left.

how to open Counter Strike 2 settings

2. Then, go to the Game section. Here, you will find the Enable Developer Console (~) setting. Select “Yes” from the drop-down menu.

how to enable Counter Strike 2 developer console

3. Next, join a match in Counter-Strike 2. You can also go into practice mode to avoid interruptions.

4. Press the ‘~’ key on your keyboard; it’s present right above the Tab key. The developer console will open, and this is where you can type your commands and edit the view model.

5. We can now start with editing the player perspective, aka the CS2 viewmodel. To increase or decrease your weapon field of view (FOV), use the below command. You can set a value between 54 to 68 here. In the below command, replace where it says <number> with your preferred FOV value.

viewmodel_fov <number>

6. After entering the above command and your preferred value in your console, press the Enter key. You will be able to see the change in-game.

counter strike 2 cs2 viewmodel settings customization

7. Counter-Strike 2 also offers the option to edit your viewmodel’s placement. Effectively, the viewmodel_offset commands below let you change the weapon’s positioning on the X, Y, and Z axis, respectively.

Replace the <number> tag below with your preferred value. You can set a value between -3 to 3. Note that the negative sign means you can set values under or above 0 as well. Using 0 would make the view neutral.

viewmodel_offset_x <number>
viewmodel_offset_y <number>
viewmodel_offset_z <number>

8. Remember that you need to enter the commands in the console one by one. After entering a command, you need to press Enter to see the changes in-game. Go ahead and customize your CS2 player viewmodel for each axis. These changes will be saved automatically. So, the next time you launch Counter-Strike 2, you will have the same player perspective that you customized here.

9. This is how my game looks after customizing the CS2 view model using the above commands to my taste. I’m a left-hand viewmodel player, and I think this is a good alternative for left-hand POV players, at least for the time being. I’ve tried to position the gun in the middle to give me more viewing space and better focus on enemies. The FOV has been maximized too.

counter strike 2 cs2 viewmodel settings customization
My current Counter-Strike 2 alternative view model settings, as a left-hand POV player

10. To get the above suggested customized CS2 view model, you can copy and paste the below command into your developer console in its entirety. Do press Enter after inputting the command, to apply your changes. Then, your player perspective will become the same, as shown above.

viewmodel_fov 68; viewmodel_offset_x -3; viewmodel_offset_y 3; viewmodel_offset_z -3

And voila! You have learned how to customize your CS2 ViewModel with ease. We will update this guide once we have an official cl_righthand command for the left-hand ViewModel in Counter-Strike 2. Till then, try our suggested preset!

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