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Valve is bringing its Index VR headset to more countries

Valve is bringing its Index VR headset to more countries”

Valve has finally announced its upcoming Half-Life game as promised. The Verge asked designer Davit Speyer if we could expect more Half-Life games, and he confirmed that Valve "would love to continue to push forward", but that will depend on how well Alyx fares. Index owners will get the game for free, as well as a bunch of bonus content - including "alternate gun skins" to embellish Alyx's arsenal.

Just like its predecessors, 2020's "Half-Life: "Alyx" has the modest aim of bringing about a step change in video game immersion". Although Valve is very keen to convey that Alyx is much more than just a VR tech demo - it's considered a mainline entry in the Half-Life saga that marks a new direction for the entire story.

It's Alyx Vance - the supporting character from "Half-Life 2" and its episodic sequels - that leads "Half-Life: Alyx", with several others returning in familiar roles: Alyx's scientist father, Eli, and the mysterious otherworldly G-Man. Exploration in Half-Life: Alyx will be no different but enriched with countless attractions scattered across the open-world.

The Valve Index offers dual 1440 x 1600 LCDs, full RGB per pixel, ultra-low persistence global backlight illumination (0.330ms at 144Hz), a framerate of 80/90/120/144Hz, and double element, canted lens design optics. Even an Oculus Quest will work if you plug in via the USB Type-C cable. Basically, if you own a VR system that connects to a computer, you're good to go. Here's what Robin Walker told IGN: "We didn't set out to make a Half-Life game".

Otherwise, you can pre-order Half-Life: Alyx right now via Steam, and if you act quick you can take advantage of the current 10% off sale.

"Hammer, Valve's level authoring tool, has been updated with all of the game's virtual reality gameplay tools and components", writes Valve about Source 2. Earlier this year, the Valve Index released, a top of the line VR headset for those that can afford it. It takes place before Half-Life 2, but Speyrer says it's best if you play through Half-Life 2: Episode 2 first. You do need separate controllers for the touch capabilities but they're all a part of the full-body VR experience, to begin with.

The interesting thing about HL:Alyx is that it will be on a new platform being VR.



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