Half-Life Alyx: Release date, review, specs, gameplay, VR, PC, Steam, PS4, Xbox, Stadia, Graphics, news, PS5, & everything you need to know

Valve's virtual reality first-person shooter is coming in 2020. But what else do you need to know?



A new Half-Life is on its way, and it is set to revolutionise VR gaming.

Here’s we cover everything about the VR prequel, ranging from the release date to the system requirements.

Let’s get cracking.

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Release date

Half-Life: Alyx will launch in March 2020 – the exact date and time is unknown. What we do know is that the game will cost $60, but is free to anyone who owns a Valve Index VR headset.

FREE GAME: Half Life Alyx will be free to those who own a Valve Index VR headset

Look away now console fans, there’s nothing confirmed for you – Alyx seems, for the immediate future anyway, a PC exclusive.

Who knows, though, hopefully it’ll find its way on to the PS5 and Xbox Series X.

And you won’t need a monster rig to run it…

Half-Life: Alyx system requirements

The Index itself demands for 8 GB RAM and a GTX 970 at minimum.

However, a closer look reveals it won’t take a beast of PC to meet the minimum specs:

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

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It won’t just be limited to Valve VR hardware – Alyx will compatible with the HTC Vive, Windows Mixed Reality, Oculus Rift, and Oculus Quest if you have the PC link cable.

Plot

Alyx is set between the events of Half-Life and Half-Life 2.

It sees Alyx and her father Eli taking to the streets of City 17, battling the Combine with the help of fellow resistance fighters.

Interestingly, instead of the original Half-Life hero Gordon Freeman’s silent demeanour, Alyx will be a fully voiced character.

FOR THE RESISTANCE: Half Life: Alyx will see you help the resistance battle the Combine on the streets of city 17

“Early on we decided it was important that playing as Alyx felt different to playing as Gordon Freeman,” Valve designer Greg Coomer told PC Gamer.

“Alyx being an active participant in conversations made it much, much easier to incorporate narrative into the game in natural ways, and as a result there’s a higher density of storytelling over the course of the game.”

Gameplay

New Half-Life: Alyx will feature “all the hallmarks of classic Half-Life” including “world exploration, puzzle-solving, visceral combat, and an intricately woven story that connects it all with the characters iconic to the Half-Life universe.”

It’s also a full game and will be around the same length as Half-Life 2 – so don’t think for a second this is some sort of VR tech demo. 

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From the gameplay we’ve seen, shooting looks incredibly responsive – blending cover mechanics with the freedom to improvise and adapt depending on the environment.

Graphically, it looks the part, too – thanks in part to the brand new Source 2 engine, the very same tech powering Dota 2.

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