Half-Life: Alyx minimum system requirements and compatible VR headsets revealed

Written by Jon Sutton on Mon, Nov 25, 2019 4:41 PM
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A brand new AAA Half-Life game. Who'd have thought it? Many a year has passed since Half-Life 2 arrived along with a little bit of software called Steam. As is standard with change, everyone hated Steam until they didn't, and it's now the de facto PC gaming platform. But while Steam flourished, Half-Life withered. Not anymore. Half-Life: Alyx is a VR exclusive coming to Steam in March 2020. 12 years is a long time in gaming tech though, so you'll need quite a rig if you hope to run it.

Half-Life: Alyx Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-7500 4-Core 3.4 GHz or AMD Ryzen 5 1600 6-Core 3.2 GHz
  • RAM: 12 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 6 GB Video Memory
  • GPU: GeForce GTX 1060 6GB or Radeon RX 580 8GB
  • HDD: TBA
  • DX: DirectX 11
  • VR: SteamVR Headset

First off, the bad news. At an absolute minimum, you're going to need a mid-range gaming rig from the last three years or so. Valve suggests you'll need at least a 6GB video card, which rules out the 4GB variant of the Radeon RX 580. As such, you'll need either a GeForce GTX 1060 6GB or a Radeon RX 580 8GB.

The graphics card will need to be paired with a quad-core CPU, either Intel's mid-tier Core i5-7500 or, over on the red team, a hexa-core Ryzen 5 1600 processor.

Awkwardly, 12GB RAM is also suggested as the minimum. We know plenty of folks still have 8GB so this could be an issue, although games using in excess of 8GB are rapidly becoming the norm.

Aside from all of the core components necessary to run Half-Life: Alyx, the main barrier to entry is a virtual reality headset. Half-Life: Alyx requires a VR headset and motion controllers. There is no way around this and there are no plans for a 'flat' version whatsoever.

The good news is that we've come quite a long way since the advent of VR and there are a lot of choices in terms of which VR headsets you can use with HL: Alyx. Valve's Half-Life Alyx is compatible with all SteamVR headsets. This means just about every Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Valve Index headset. It is also compatible with Windows Mixed Reality headsets. Right now, these WMR headsets are your cheapest way in. There's currently a Samsung Odyssey+ HMD on sale with included touch controllers for $229. That's a whole lot cheaper than the $999 asking price for the Valve Index.

As ever, remember you can always check out how well your PC can run the Half-Life Alyx System Requirements here, where you can check benchmarks and performance from other users. Compare your graphics card to the Half-Life Alyx GPU benchmark chart and we also have an Half-Life Alyx Frames Per Second system performance chart for you to check.

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02:38 Nov-29-2019

Looking forward to it. Hope it works with the pimax 5kplus, otherwise ill be using the samsung odyssey plus.

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10:55 Nov-26-2019

Lol it'll be interesting to see how much this game fails on the market...

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11:02 Nov-26-2019

No way in hell this will fail LOL
But their expectations are obviously relatively small, since it speaks to a pretty limited userbase.

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11:09 Nov-26-2019

I'm fairly certain Valve well aware that VR market is rather small, and yet they're still going with it. Their aim with this game is to sell the platform, and VR, as a platform, exactly needed something like this.
They definitely don't expect any record breaking profits, and the fact that they're giving away the game for free to anyone who owns the Index speaks well of what their intentions with this game are.

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04:15 Nov-26-2019

When your gpu meets the minimum req for a game O.o

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21:41 Nov-25-2019

I loved how valve game this game fore free to all people who bought the Valve Index. I got myself the whole set in the first orders and it's EPIC!

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20:08 Nov-25-2019

This wasn'T just revealed, this was posted the same minute the trailer was posted lol.

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08:21 Nov-26-2019

typical of late-debate.com

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09:23 Nov-26-2019

Unfortunately I have a life to live as well, sorry!

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19:53 Nov-25-2019

First time i see my gpu in minimum settings. That means i will only able to play it at low settings? Holy Jesus i need to get a better job.(soon summer i will...)

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20:29 Nov-25-2019

1060 is definitely not a good VR card, so that's sadly to be expected.

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17:22 Nov-25-2019

Sitting here hoping for news along with the release of HL :Alyx that Valve will also announce the Index for sale in Australia..... Been wanting to get into some VR for a while but holding out for the index.

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04:24 Nov-26-2019

Now just curious why I get bad reputation for this and get thumbed down? This site is full of absolute muppet cry babies.... grow up!

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14:18 Nov-26-2019

I doubt you're getting downvoted for that comment, it's probably another thing you've said

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