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14 Feb 2020

Half-Life Alyx Gameplay: Graphics, Oculus Quest, VR, PC requirements more

Half-Life: Alyx is primed to launch on 23 March 2020, and with it requiring a VR headset, lots of players may consider a hardware purchase.

Half-Life: Alyx will launch next year, find out when here.

Look away now console fans - there's nothing confirmed for you. Alyx seems, for the immediate future anyway, to be a PC exclusive.

Those of you wondering what will the gameplay be like - we've got some answers for you.

Continue reading for all the information.

VR Gameplay

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.

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These included the Index, the Quest, the Oculus Rift S, the first-generation Vive, and the newer 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.

To find out more about Half-Life: Alyx, including release date, review, VR, gameplay and spec, head here.