The 5v5 first-person shooter game Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, also known as CS:GO, is designed to be played tactically, with players gathering intelligence on the opposing team and carrying out a strategy to win.
The sound of footsteps can be used to determine everything from the type of gun being used to the smallest movement, making them an important part of information gathering. Footsteps also tell you how far away and in which direction your enemy is approaching.
Therefore, it is essential to hear footsteps when playing CSGO. This post is for you if the sounds on your device are too quiet.
I’ll explain why CSGO can’t hear footsteps in this post, despite the volume being turned up high and the gun sounds being extremely loud. I’ll also offer advice on how to address each issue.
Why Can’t I Hear Footsteps In CSGO?
Because the sound mechanics in this game operate very differently from other games, players who are new to it frequently experience difficulties hearing footsteps.
Since all sound frequencies are very similar in the real world, it is very challenging to distinguish between small, intricate sounds. Additionally, adjusting to these sounds takes some time.
However, there are a few techniques you can use to improve the sounds so you can hear those tiny sounds better.
Try turning on the 3D audio processing option (if it’s turned off) and turning off the headset 7.1 feature before performing these steps.
If not, try the following:
Configuring Computer Master Volume
If you don’t hear footsteps, the first thing you should do is turn up the game’s volume using the computer’s volume mixer.
To start, right-click the volume icon and then select Open Volume Mixer.
The Counter-Strike: Global Offensive logo can be found there. You can turn up the volume so that it suits your ears.
Return to the game after doing that to see if you can still hear footsteps.
Configuring In-Game Sounds
If turning up the master volume didn’t help, you could try configuring the sounds in the game to see if that helped.
Because the in-game audio settings give you access to each sound setting separately, you can perfectly balance the sound using this technique.
To adjust in-game sounds, you must first join a game so that you can make changes in real time, which can aid in properly determining the best settings.
It is best to stage a death match because you will frequently engage in gun battles.
After entering a game, press Esc, then select the Audio tab to adjust the volume of a different sound. You can alter various sounds to suit your tastes.
Buying New Headphones
The sound of footsteps might not be audible if you are wearing out-of-date headphones.
Even if your headphones are brand-new, they should at least support 5.1 sound so you can distinguish between the various sounds in the game and hear them clearly.
Therefore, purchasing new headphones will significantly improve your gaming experience if your current headphones are outdated or do not support 5.1 sound.
Updating Sound Drivers
Csgo is updated frequently, and in the majority of these updates, the game is upgraded such that only the most recent version may be played.
As a result, updating your drivers will ensure a smooth and bug-free gaming experience.
Follow these steps to upgrade your sound drivers:
- The run window will appear after pressing the Windows key and r.
- Your device manager should launch once you type devmgmt.msc and press Enter.
- Find your audio driver by searching for Audio, inputs, and outputs on the window.
- Right-click it and select “Update driver.”
Check For Corrupted Game Files
Game data can become damaged when you update CSGO or improperly shut it down, which frequently results in misplacement in game files.
Open the Steam app, navigate to the Library, right-click Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and select Properties to see if any files are missing and fix the issue.
Then select Local files, followed by Verify integrity of game files. This will detect and correct any missing files.
In summary, there are a few things you can try to try and fix the problem if you can’t hear footsteps while playing CSGO.
Updating your audio drivers, changing the sound settings in-game or in the master settings, checking the game files on Steam, and so forth are some potential fixes.
Check out this rather technical post for a more in-depth look at CSGO’s sound settings.
If none of these worked, please let me know in the comments and I’ll do my best to find you a solution that is specific to your setup.
As a fan of both indie and triple-A games, Justin finds joy in discovering and sharing hidden gems with other passionate gamers.