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Valve post Half-Life: Alyx hardware requirements

Published: 14:18, 24 November 2019
Updated: 14:28, 24 November 2019
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Valve is slowly releasing details about freshly-announced Half-Life: Alyx for virtual reality headsets, and now we've got the hardware specifications too. Don't worry as they're quite modest, but VR headsets are another story altogether.

So, you'll be needing Windows 10 operating system and at least a Core i7-7500, or AMD's Ryzen 1600. It's well worth saying that if you're building a brand new rig for Half-Life: Alyx, AMD seems like a significantly wiser pick, but you probably know that already. 

Half-Life: Alyx requires 12GB of RAM. As for the graphics, it's a choice between Nvidia's GTX 1060 or AMD"s RX 580 6GB VRAM on the graphics side, so it's definitely not a hardware-killer. I mean - Cyberpunk 2077's demo at E3 ran two 2080 Ti cards at a time to produce 30FPS, so, yeah.

Naturally, if you're buying everything and building a rig from scratch, the biggest expense and requirement is the VR headset. While they've dropped in price significantly in the past few years, many will find them still too pricey for their budgets.

Half-Life: Alyx supports Valve Index, HTC Vive, Windows Mixed Reality, Oculus Rift and Oculus Quest with PC and Link Cable. Valve sweetened the deal for the Index so those who buy it before the end of 2019 get a copy of Half-Life: Alyx along with some additional stuff:

  • Explore environments from Half-Life: Alyx in your SteamVR Home space    
  • Alternate gun skins to embellish Alyx's arsenal    
  • Special Half-Life: Alyx-themed content for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

AltChar artwork showing virtual reality devices Half-Life Alyx supports all SteamVR compatible devices

 Valve on Half-Life: Alyx launching for mouse and keyboard, so getting into VR is your only shot at seeing what is technically Half-Life 3 but not really. If you're a TL/DR enthusiast, here are the specs in a more convenient format:

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

Half-Life: Alyx gallery - Valve's VR game is coming in March 2020

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