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Half-Life Alyx: Pre-Order Guide: Compatible VR Headsets, Release Date, And More

Half-Life: Alyx's release date is finally here.


We're only a month away from a new Half-Life game. Half-Life: Alyx releases March 23. Set before the events of Half-Life 2, you'll play Alyx in a VR-exclusive adventure. Thankfully, pretty much every PC VR headset is capable of playing Half-Life: Alyx, as Valve has not made it exclusive to the company's Index headset and controllers--whether you have an Oculus Quest, Oculus Rift S, or Vive, you're good to go. Best of all, if you pre-order Half-Life: Alyx, you'll get a 10% discount, bringing the $60 price down to $54. However, if you do own or purchase the Valve Index VR headset--or one of its accessories--then you'll get Half-Life: Alyx free of any extra charge.

Pre-Order Half-Life: Alyx | $54 ($60)

Half-Life: Alyx-compatible VR headsets

The great thing about Half-Life: Alyx is that very few VR headsets are incompatible. In fact, any headset that works with Steam VR also works with Half-Life: Alyx.

  • Valve Index
  • HTC Vive Pro
  • HTC Vive
  • HTC Vive Cosmos
  • Oculus Rift S
  • Oculus Quest (with Link)
  • Any Windows Mixed Reality headset

In preparation for Half-Life: Alyx's launch, Valve recently made every game in the Half-Life series free until Alyx's launch. If you want to familiarize yourself with the series, now's an excellent time. According to Valve, Alyx takes place between the events of Half-Life 1 and Half-Life 2. Alyx is the first game in the series for more than a decade. The last entry was 2007's Half-Life 2: Episode Two, which infamously left its story unresolved.

We've compiled a list of everything we know about Half-Life: Alyx so far. This includes the game's length--which is "about the same" as Half-Life 2--Valve's history with VR, a rundown of when the rumors started, and more.

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