Half-Life System Requirements

12th August 2021 - Specs reviewed

Minimum Requirements

  • OS: Windows XP 32-bit
  • Processor: Intel Pentium 4 1.6GHz / AMD Athlon MP
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 2350 Pro or NVIDIA GeForce 9100
  • RAM: 0MB
  • HDD: 2 GB
  • DirectX 9 Compatible Graphics Card
 

Recommended Requirements

  • OS: Windows XP 32-bit
  • Processor: Intel Pentium 4 1.6GHz / AMD Athlon MP
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 2350 Pro or NVIDIA GeForce 9100
  • RAM: 0MB
  • HDD: 2 GB
  • DirectX 9 Compatible Graphics Card
PC System Analysis For Half-Life Requirements
You need a Pentium 4 1.6GHz or Athlon MP processor coupled with a GeForce 9100 to run Half-Life system requirements at recommended. You can expect to get around 60FPS at 1080p screen res on high graphics settings with this hardware. System memory required for Half-Life is 0MB performance memory. System memory for min is 0MB. Make sure your GPU can run DirectX 9.00 or Half-Life won’t run. Recommended needs around a 14 year old PC to run.
FPS System Benchmark
200+ FPS
High
Graphics Card
9.76
How well optimised is Half-Life for PC? 9.1
9.1
Where does Half-Life rank in the list of the most demanding games?
Genres: Shooter
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Half-Life System Requirements

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0MB
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OS
Windows XP 32-bit
Windows XP 32-bit
DirectX
9
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HDD Space
2 GB
2 GB

Half-Life PC Release Date:

19 Nov 1998

Alternative Game Tags: HalfLife, HalfLife 1, Half-Life requirements, half life 1

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18:44 Sep-06-2016
Can I run Half-Life at 30FPS on low at 720p?
Core i5-4460 3.2GHz GeForce GTX 960 MSI Gaming 2GB Edition 8GB
50% of 14 people think this can run

(This is a joke)

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16:27 May-02-2017

I voted no because that 960 gonna bottleneck you at such a high res

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23:48 May-02-2017

What about with my Current specs?

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20:38 May-04-2017

the 1070 is a mighty fine card but unfortunately the min spec is dual 1080Ti, with a 6950X


Sorry but you cant run this game :(

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22:14 May-05-2017

Darn, I was looking forward to playing this game :(

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08:19 May-15-2015

Would a 486 run this lol

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10:10 Jul-13-2018

No

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00:44 Apr-12-2015

Dang I can't run it... Any suggestions? lol

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09:57 Jul-17-2015

Throw your pc out of the window :)


or install fresh Windows

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11:12 Oct-23-2015

get a couple titan Xs then you should be able to play it

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22:28 Nov-11-2014

cmon stop asking if you can run this or not, even a modern day potato can run it.....

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23:36 Oct-31-2014

Sys req are wrong, here from original CD source:



  • CPU: Pentium 166 or higher

  • RAM: 32 MB

  • Video: 3D Grapich Card with 16MB RAM (OpenGL or Direct 3D)

  • OS: Win 95/ 98 Win Nt 4.0 or higher

  • HD Space: 400 MB

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21:02 Oct-31-2014

One of the best games ever made. And still has an active online!!!

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17:39 Aug-12-2014

Why are people asking if they can run this? Its so old :D

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11:16 Oct-23-2015

because it is a very graphically intensive game

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19:52 Jul-23-2014

Is my Rig good enough for this game?

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20:00 Jul-23-2014

MAXED 1080p 100+ fps

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20:01 Jul-23-2014

Only can reach 72 fps because my version is cracked or does the game have a frame lock?

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14:14 Sep-27-2014

I believe the game has a framelock but last I remember, it's somewhere between 90 and 100 fps

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20:10 Jul-23-2014

thats okay your above 60 FPS and if you need more help come join GD chat

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19:32 Jul-25-2015

I think you may have a few troubles playing on high at a good framerate, so i'd suggest sticking it on medium and see how it runs ;)

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19:27 Nov-09-2015

how do you play at that resoloution... I mean seriosuly, my PC was just alright with -2560x1024

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13:07 Nov-16-2015

Do you mean my 3840 x 1080? That's because I have 2 monitors and so the lenghts adds up. I usually only use 1 monitor for gaming, so just 1920x1080 for Half-Life.

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01:10 Apr-16-2014

I played it in year 2000 i think. My rig at that time was P3 450mHZ, 64MB RAM, Voodoo 2 16MB RAM. I don't remember any lag. :P

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15:23 Jun-06-2014

woah woah woah woah... 16MB or 16GB RAM?

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17:52 May-24-2015

Fail. Such fail.

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11:19 Oct-23-2015

16gb... because the year 1997 had better graphics cards than 2015

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14:46 Apr-12-2014

can i run and what fps? and resolution and stuff?

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21:28 Apr-17-2014

well it says my rig is a bit better than yours and all my problems in gaming are about the stupid graphics card i have :P but yeah, i think you should be able to run that if the settings are set on low just realised our pc is kinda the same

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15:30 Apr-29-2014

MAX , this game doesn't require any type of a special GPU or CPU.


Plus. the only graphical setting in this game is the resolution.
I played this game on a P3 with 256mb ram. NO sweat. :')

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15:13 Jan-28-2015

I played this game on a P2 266 mhz with 32mb ram... of course anyone today can max it with 500fps... seriously it came it in 1998..

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18:34 Oct-11-2013

Damn,i get about 20 fps on Low with 640x280 res. :D

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15:34 Dec-07-2013

should you be interesting now?

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21:05 Mar-11-2015

seriously what rig is this etison?
my toaster has an higher hardware than ur PC :D

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11:21 Oct-23-2015

seriously what even is that gtx 960m???

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06:41 Aug-11-2013

Can I run it?

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02:08 Sep-10-2013

LOl nice joke

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19:38 Jul-25-2015

hmm... not too sure, to get a good solid framerate id suggest low - medium. and me? I cant even run the game :'(

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13:15 Jul-28-2013

I've been playing this game on my Linux laptop recently, great game.

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10:01 Jul-28-2013

I've been playing this game on my Linux laptop recently, great game.

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19:46 Jul-24-2013

how come this game has higher system reqs than half life 2???!!!!!!!!!!!

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09:08 Jul-28-2013

Your right, im a little bit confused about the game spec

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14:14 Jul-28-2013

try using canyourunit.com and see the specs of half life P.S: maybe gamedebate got confused between half life and half life source

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20:11 Jul-28-2013

I don't know if these changed since then. But there was a massive graphic overhaul on the original Half Life. The weapons and NPC's were remodeled, and they look better than half life 2's.
Again though, no idea if the requirements changed since then.

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17:58 Jul-31-2013

you mean the models and weapons were remodeled in half life source? am i correct?

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15:17 May-20-2013

WHY I CAN'T RUN THIS GAME

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00:44 Jul-05-2013

you can't run this game because you have to upgrade your graphic card ;)) lollloollll :DD

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14:56 Jul-31-2013

Are you really sayin this are you joking mate if your pc can not run this game.Dont live mate :)

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16:13 Mar-17-2013

Can I run it?trollface just kidding,anyway,I'm redownloading this game xD

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12:28 Jan-15-2013

Those requirements were absolutely insane for 1998. It's like needing 64 GB of RAM; Intel Xeon E5 2690; 4 x Radeon HD 8990 deadly overclocked + 1 TB SSD space in 2013.

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07:05 Feb-17-2013

You do realize that Xeon CPU series are designed for servers? :P
Probably you meant these: 64 GB of RAM, Intel Core i7 3970K (or X, I don't remember) overclocked 90%, GTX 695 SLI both overclocked 90% + 1TB SSD space. :P

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07:41 Mar-15-2013

Yes u are right

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13:08 Apr-03-2013

You're right, I'm calling BS on those recommended requirements. Pentium 4 wasn't available in 1998. Pentium II 233 was the flavour of the month back then. A quick google search revealed the following site with more accurate requirements:
http://gamesystemrequirements.com/games.php?id=10
Awesome game though - definitely in my top 10 games of all time.

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19:16 Oct-05-2012

If you are going to say that the graphics are bad, think like you are in 1999, and the graphics will look good or even awesome, don't try to compare the graphics to games like BF3 or Crysis.

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17:45 Oct-07-2012

:-D

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21:12 Nov-05-2012

GordonFreeman has spoken...

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16:13 Mar-17-2013

Nope,he typed.

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09:12 Jul-28-2013

Playing half life in 1999 is just like playing crysis 3

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18:37 Sep-04-2012

still a great game. awesome.

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