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Half-Life Alyx: Pre-Order Guide: Release Date, VR Headset Compatibility, And More

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

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After thirteen years of silence, we're finally getting a new Half-Life game--Half-Life: Alyx launches March 23. Set before Half-Life 2, Alyx is a VR-exclusive game that will tell us more about its titular character and have us explore a more breathtaking rendition of City 17. VR can be a major financial hurdle for some players (especially those without a juiced-up PC), but thankfully, Alyx is compatible with a wide variety of headsets outside of Valve's own Index, including the Oculus Quest and Rift S, the Vive, and more. Pre-ordering the game nets you a 10% discount, and ordering an Index headset or accessory will get you Half-Life: Alyx free of 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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