Valve's Half-Life: Alyx releases in March 2020 and requires a VR headset, AND a decent PC setup meaning you may need to splash some cash to get in on the action.
Half-Life is a first-person shooter developed by Valve, published by Sierra Studios for Windows in 1998.
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If you’re excited about the first new Half-Life game in 12 years and you’re seriously thinking about a VR headset, you should know that it may not be your only expense.
In fact, some people who already use headsets may need to shell out extra cash.
And that’s because the minimum system requirements for Half-Life: Alyx are higher than what VR has traditionally asked for.
While the VR spec has stayed relatively stable ever since the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive first appeared on the scene in 2016 — Alyx now demands a quad-core Core i5 chip or better, a GTX 1060 or better with 6GB of video RAM, and 12GB of system memory.
Now, of course, those aren’t super demanding requirements for PC gamers who had enough disposable income to consider a VR headset in the first place.
But for the most part, the spec may be a bit beyond what most PC gamers currently have.
Most players wouldn’t have a graphics card that would qualify, while a minority of players still have a CPU with fewer than four cores.
Also, these are the minimum specs to play Half-Life: Alyx. We asked Valve what its recommended specs are, and we’ll update if we get that answer.
Here are the minimum requirements:
- OS: Windows 10
- Processor: Core i5-7500 / Ryzen 5 1600
- Memory: 12 GB RAM
- Graphics: GTX 1060 / RX 580 – 6GB VRAM
The gold standard is Valve’s own Index, with its high-end construction and unique controllers — but that requires a lot of setup and a lot of money.
The cheaper alternative is the Oculus Quest, which can now be tethered to a PC, but it’s got simpler controllers and a front-heavy design.
Valve recently invited Tested founders Will Smith and Norman Chan to play a few hours of the upcoming game on a bunch of different PC VR headset systems.
These included the:
- Oculus Rift S
- First-generation Vive
- HTC Vive Cosmos
The systems handle simple actions like walking, reloading weapons, and using gravity gloves to move objects, in various different ways.
The Index controllers, as expected, seemed like the best way to play.
A lot of game elements apparently involve throwing, and since the Index controllers are strapped to your hands, you can completely release your grip like you would with a real object.
So for those of you who are interested in committing to Half-Life’s VR exclusive dream, we would advise that you start testing out different hardware and finding what suits your playstyle best.
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