How to Hide UI and Turn Off the HUD in CS2

Hello there, fragmovie maker.

How to Disable HUD Hide UI in CS2
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If you are trying to make a frag movie or take great screenshots in Counter-Strike 2 that remove the unnecessary clutter, you are probably looking for a Photo Mode to remove the UI / HUD elements from your screen. If you are wondering if Counter-Strike 2 has the option to hide your UI and disable your HUD in-game, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s how to hide UI in CS2.

Is There a Photo Mode in CS2?

CS2 does not have a built-in Photo Mode, but there is a pair of console commands that will do what Photo Mode would do. The first command will remove all the HUD elements from your screen except the recent frags in the top-right corner. The second will disable your crosshair if you want it disabled. Please check our article below for assistance if your developer console is not enabled yet.

cl_draw_only_deathnotices 1 cl_crosshairalpha 0 (make sure to type just "cl_crosshairalpha" first to remember your previous value)

Now that you’ve disabled the UI / HUD, you can record video clips and make screenshots freely. In addition to this, some other commands can be used to toy with the viewing perspective. Before you try these two commands I am about to show you, you should ensure that sv_cheats is set to 1.

thirdperson 1 c_thirdpersonshoulder 1

The first command sets your player’s perspective to the third person. The second command moves the spectator cam above the right shoulder of your character because otherwise, the crosshair would be over the head of the character so… there would not be much to see.

That’s all there is regarding the “photo mode” in CS2, and I hope you’ll enjoy it.

If you are new to Counter-Strike 2, check out 8 tips for new CS2 players coming from CSGO.

About the Author

Nikola L

Nikola has been a Staff Writer at Prima Games since May 2022. He has been gaming since being able to hold an Amiga 500 joystick on his own, back in the early 90s (when gaming was good). Nikola has helped organize dozens of gaming events and tournaments and has been professionally attached to gaming since 2009. His current favorite titles are Vampire Survivors, CS2, Legion TD 2, Below the Stone, Brotato, Power Chord, and Halls of Torment