As the 2011 PAX Prime event kicks off in Seattle, Valve Software have released the first official trailer and screenshots for their CS revamp, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
Hands-on opportunities with the game are on offer at PAX and Kotaku's report
) confirms that the PlayStation 3 version of the game, in addition to offering cross-platform play with the PC/Mac via Steam, will also support USB Keyboard and Mouse input, giving console players the option of playing the first person shooter in the manner that our lord intended.
Unfortunately it's looking like Xbox 360 owners will remain fenced out, but let's hope this marks the start of a new trend and encourages Microsoft to fall in line. PS3 owners will reportedly also be able to use the Move motion controller as well as the regular Dual-shock/sixaxis pad.
Additionally, there's also a little clarification on the game's dedicated server situation (and it all sounds good to us!):
For the new game, Valve will host its own servers. Fans can still host theirs and tweak the game, but Valve wants all of the players to be able to rely on having access to a consistent experience. On the Valve servers. CS: Go will play the way described here. And only on the Valve servers for PC and Mac—or on the console versions for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3—will players be matchmade based on skill. Valve is using a system called ELO and will prioritize that skill ranking when matchmaking in the Competitive mode. It will prioritize your friends list when matchmaking for Casual.
Watch the debut teaser trailer below (or click here for HD
) and stop by our game page
for the first official screenshots.