CS: Source beta 2 begins, Half-Life 2 preload August 19

Buyers of Counter-Strike: Condition Zero and the ATI/Half-Life 2 bundle join the beta as Gabe Newell informs public assets are en route.

One week after it began at cyber cafes, Valve has opened the Counter-Strike: Source beta to the public--sort of. The developer announced that starting at 7 p.m. PST (although Daylight Savings time is still in effect on the West Coast), buyers of Counter-Strike: Condition Zero and the ATI/Half-Life 2 can go to Valve's Steam Web site and begin downloading the beta of the Half-Life 2 multiplayer component.

In addition to the CS: Source beta, Valve will be providing a Valve Source technology benchmark to determine if their systems will run Half-Life 2. According to a statement from Valve, the benchmark will be available to all beta participants via the main menu. Beta participants will have the option to send the benchmark results to a Valve-hosted Web site which tracks the results.

News source: GameSpot

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