Valve is showing off its revival of Counter-Strike at PAX Prime and first reports out of the show confirm what some Playstation 3 players have hoped for, support for keyboard and mouse. Of course, the PS Move is supported as well. There is disappointing news on the server front though.
While Xbox 360 owners will be restricted to using the gamepad only, PS3 owners will have the ability to plug in their USB mouse and keyboard to play the way PC gamers do. This should put the two platforms on even footing for cross-platform play. The Xbox 360 has never supported the used of the keyboard and mouse control scheme so the lack of support there is no surprise.
The Playstation Move control setup will also be supported with players using the Navigation controller or their Dualshock controller to move and the actual Move controller to aim and shoot. It will be interesting to see how this setup will fair against keyboard and mouse players.
Valve will be running the servers for CS:GO and use an ELO-based matchmaking system for competitive play while friends will get priority in casual play modes. The PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game will feature the same match-making. However, PC gamers will also be able to host their own servers as before with the ability to tweak settings.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive currently includes five maps for Bomb/Defuse mode and two for Hostage Rescue. All of the maps are refreshes from Counter-Strike 1.6 and CS: Source.
The game is headed towards beta sometime in October and fans can sign up to participate at Steam.