Half-Life: Alyx pre-loading starts Friday, here's how to score a free copy

Shawn Knight

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Half-Life: Alyx is set between the events of Half-Life and Half-Life 2 and tells “the story of an impossible fight against a vicious alien race known as the Combine.” Curiously enough, it’s a virtual reality exclusive meaning you’ll need some sort of VR headset to play it. Fortunately, it is compatible with most major offerings including the Valve Index, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Oculus Quest and Windows Mixed Reality devices.

Valve in a Twitter post said Steam pre-loading will begin this Friday, March 18, ahead of the game’s launch on March 23 at 10 a.m. Pacific.

Interested parties can pre-purchase the game as of writing with a 10 percent discount, bringing the cost down to just $53.99.

Worth mentioning is the fact that Valve Index buyers will get the game for free. What’s more, it was revealed today that the Vive Cosmos Elite will also ship with a free copy of Half-Life: Alyx.

In addition to a VR headset, Valve recommends a PC with at least a Core i5-7500 / Ryzen 5 1600 CPU, 12GB of RAM and a GTX 1060 / RX 580 – 6GB VRAM graphics card.

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Might get the Rift S.. Not sure I want to splash big on VR that still isn't perfect (Index) but dunno if my 980Ti is good enough, funny how they list a 1060 but not a 980Ti for minimum. And I want a 3000 series GPU so I don't see a point in buying a current series when the new ones are around the corner..

Maybe I'll just get the Rift S and try it anyway and see how it goes.
 

johnofo

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Might get the Rift S.. Not sure I want to splash big on VR that still isn't perfect (Index) but dunno if my 980Ti is good enough, funny how they list a 1060 but not a 980Ti for minimum. And I want a 3000 series GPU so I don't see a point in buying a current series when the new ones are around the corner..

Maybe I'll just get the Rift S and try it anyway and see how it goes.
Your 980ti should give fairly good VR performance with a little tweaking of settings. I used a 1070 (similar performance?) for about a year with my HTC Vive
 

scavengerspc

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I don't think I have paid more than $20 for a VR only title ever. This is not making me want to drop $60 on one right now. Just have to wait and see I guess. Might end up being a great game.
 
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