Half-Life: Alyx Recommendations for PC Equipment & VR headset

Half Life Alyx Recommendations for PC Equipment VR headset - Half-Life: Alyx Recommendations for PC Equipment & VR headset
Half-Life: Alyx Recommendations for PC Equipment & VR headset

Half-Life: Alyx will release on March 23, 2020, and it is better to know about your favorite game before you download it so that you won’t face any problems. Half-Life: Alyx is serving as Half-Life 2 prequel and running just in VR and only on the PC but it is for the initial release. When Valve was asked the question that “Is Half-Life: Alyx coming to PSVR?” amazingly their answer was not a “no”, but it was that the “initial” release of Half-Life: Alyx would be “available for SteamVR only”. Their response suggests that Valve is aware of the demand and in the future, there will be a Half-Life: Alyx on PSVR and hopefully PS4 as well. So get your PSVR covers and custom PS4 skins of Half-Life: Alyx ready!

Room Scale required:

Valve has got different options for you; one of them is moving your full body to complete specific actions, and the other is that you can do everything while sitting. However, Valve has made full support and highly encourages the player to stand up, move around, turn and even crouch, all of this was made to immerse the user in the VR game and to enjoy more. Valve introduced in Half-Life: Alyx, three separate modes of locomotion: continuous, shifting and teleportation:

  • Continuous – In this motion, players must play Half-Life: Alyx with free mobility with an analog stick, like a standard first-person shooter.
  • Shifting – The Shifting type of motion in Half-life: Alyx is close to the Teleportation form, of Alyx in which one would put the marker. During this, you’re going to zap to the location, but it isn’t as immediate as the teleportation and takes some time.
  • Teleportation – Teleportations is immediate motion. As soon as the player puts the marker down, they are going to move to the location without any delays, unlike Shifting.

No support for Keyboard and Mouse

If you didn’t already realize this but the Half-Life: Alyx has no support for the mouse and the keyboard. Valve has created a game of VR, and you’re required to play with a VR headset and controls. Geoff Keighly, the host of the Game Awards, shared a video chat of 22 minutes with development participants, who discuss how it all began, and why there isn’t a non-VR version of the Half-Life: Alyx.

Half-Life: Alyx – PC Minimum Requirements

Valve suggests at least that the VR-ready machine must have at least:

  • OS: Windows 10
  • Processor: Core i5-7500 / Ryzen 5 1600
  • Memory: 12 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GTX 1060 / RX 580 – 6GB VRAM

Supported VR Headsets

The positive news is that Half-Life: Alyx will work on a number of headsets, namely Index, Vive, Oculus Rift, Oculus Search, and Windows Mixed Reality setups, and at least there is some versatility when entry costs become inescapable one can choose their preferred devices.

Verdict:

After reading all this, you should be ready to play Half-Life: Alyx. Half-Life: Alyx’s design is the major AAA-game we always wanted in the shape of VR headsets, but you aren’t bound to Valve’s Index even though it is the best recommended for this game. The HTC Vive Cosmos Elite and Oculus Rift S goggles and bundles provide you with excellent VR experience, and as I mentioned in the last post, even second-hand VR headset is an alternative.

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