Half-Life: Alyx: VR Headset Specifications and PC Requirements
It is now exactly a week to the release of the much-anticipated Half-Life: Alyx virtual reality hit. This will be one of the most exciting virtual reality games in 2020 and it has already spurred on a buying frenzy for VR headsets that are Half-Life: Alyx compatible.
To fully enjoy Half-Life: Alyx in all its glory, you have to not only get the right compatible virtual reality headset but also a VR-ready PC with the right specs. The Valve Index is considered the ‘default’ Half-Life: Alyx headset but there is a host of other cheaper VR headsets that you can use to play the game, including Oculus Quest and the Windows Mixed Reality headsets. Oculus Quest headset can be connected to a PC via the Oculus Link cable in order to play the game.
This article provides a quick overview of the headset and PC requirements needed to get off the ground with Half-Life: Alyx. We show you the components that you will need as well as the Virtual Reality headset specs that the game is compatible with.
Half-Life: Alyx– PC Requirements
The game will run on any virtual reality headset which is compatible with SteamVR. You can use the following VR headsets to immerse yourself into the iconic environments of the Half-Life: Alyx :
- Valve Index
- Oculus Rift/ Oculus Rift S
- HTC Vive/ HTC Vive Pro/ HTC Vive Cosmos
- Oculus Quest via the Oculus Link connection
- All the Windows Mixed Reality headsets
Half-Life: Alyx supports multiple play styles including room-scale, standing up and seated. The game will work whether the headset uses the older trigger-based controllers or finger-tracking controllers.
There are three different movement options in the game: teleporting (which entails a small fade-out as the player moves from one point to another), shift (this entails a smooth zoom between different points) and continuous movement where the player uses the analogue stick of the controller to walk or run.
While the Valve Index will get you the best experience thanks to its superior specs, you can still get a reasonably great experience with any of the other Alyx-compatible headsets listed above. In Half-Life: Alyx, Valve catered for almost all the available VR hardware options.
If you have the headset ready, you’ve got to also ensure that your PC can run it. Here is a look at the minimum specifications for the mainstream PC VR headsets:
|Minimum PC Requirements||Valve Index||HTC Vive / Vive Pro / Vive Cosmos||Oculus Rift / Rift S||Windows Mixed Reality headsets|
|OS||Windows 10, SteamOS, Linux||Windows 7-10||Windows 10||Windows 10|
|CPU||Dual-core with hyperthreading||Intel Core i5-4590 / AMD FX 8350||Intle Core i3-6100 / AMD FX 4350||Intel Core i5-4590 / AMD Ryzen 5 1400|
|GPU||Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 / AMD Radeon RX 480||Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 / AMD Radeon R9 290||Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 / AMD Radeon R9 290||Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 / AMD Radeon RX 470|
|Output||DisplayPort (HDMI not supported)||DisplayPort (Cosmos) / HDMI (Vive / Vive Pro)||HDMI (Rift) / miniDisplayPort (Rift S)||HDMI, DisplayPort|
Half-Life: Alyx has higher minimum PC requirements. If your current PC doesn’t meet the minimum specifications for Alyx, then you might need to upgrade your PC to have a smooth playing experience.
The minimum PC requirements for Half-Life: Alyx are as follows:-
- Operating System: Windows 10
- RAM: 12GB
- CPU: Intel Core i5-7500/AMD Ryzen 5 1600
- GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 (6GB)/ AMD Radeon RX 580 (8GB)
Apart from the 12GB RAM requirement, some of the other requirements aren’t as demanding. The GTX 1060 and the RX 580 are catching on quickly so if you purchased your PC in the recent past, you should be OK as per the PC requirements otherwise you might have to upgrade some of the components.
Building Your PC for Half-Life: Alyx
If your PC does not meet the minimum requirements for Half-Life: Alyx, you can opt to build it up to the recommended specifications to get it Half-Life: Alyx ready if you do not wish to purchase a new one. Upgrading a PC doesn’t cost a fortune as the components needed to upgrade the PC aren’t too expensive.