Half-Life 2 is Now Playable in Virtual Reality
Fans of Half–Life 2 can now play the game in glorious virtual reality thanks to a new free mod. The VR rendition of the game looks equally stunning.
A new free mod now allows you to play the game on PC VR headsets.
If you already own the game on Steam, you can simply install the free community-made mod and become Gordon Freeman, get yourself a crowbar, and experience the world of Half–Life as you have never done before.
The whole game has been adapted for virtual reality although Episodes 1 and 2 are not yet supported. The VR mod also features some useful options such as a 3rd person vehicle camera, and seated support, along with an adjustable vignette that reduces the view when moving about.
However, the mod does not provide a teleport movement option at the moment which is bad news for users who are too sensitive to discomfort in virtual reality.
Half–Life 2 provides support for tracked controllers and should work for all SteamVR headsets. There are several headsets listed on Steam including HTC Vive, Valve Index, Windows Mixed Reality, and Oculus Rift that should support the game. The mod also works on Quest 2 via a wired Link.
Half–Life 2 VR is available as a public beta test at the moment. The mod team says not all the features are complete and users may still experience some bugs.
The mod team has also unveiled a roadmap that states that a different build of the mod is required to support Episodes 1 and 2 of the game. Although the mod still has some major issues to work on, the team says that most of the episodes already work very well in virtual reality. The team says it is working on getting full support for the episodes “as soon as possible” after the initial public beta launch.
The mods tease says that users can now grab and throw objects using their hands, physically climb ladders, or play catch with a dog as if a player was actually there. It states that you can fight the Combine in City 17 streets while reloading your gun manually.
The Half–Life 2 game is currently retailing at $9.99.