Up For Debate - Will you buy a VR headset for Half-Life Alyx?

Written by Neil Soutter on Mon, Dec 23, 2019 9:40 AM
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The dust has had plenty of time to settle. We’re getting a new Half-Life, of that we’re now certain. Half-Life: Alyx probably isn’t what most people were dreaming of when they thought of a successor to Half-Life 2 though. Valve has been very careful to sidestep any potential pitfalls both by not calling it Half-Life 3 and making it a prequel. This was a very deliberate move designed to realign our expectations, to reinforce the fact that while yes, this is a new AAA Half-Life product, it’s not quite the sequel you were expecting.

Which leaves us with a hotly anticipated game designed first and foremost designed to sell Valve Index headsets. Valve doesn’t particularly care about sales of Half-Life Alyx itself. It’s already taking 30% off every other game sold on Steam, the sales of Half-Life Alyx will be a drop in the ocean. No, they want a must-have reason for Steam users to dispense with anywhere up to $999 for the hardware needed to play the game. Once you’re in, you’re in. Anyone who’s just spent a grand on a virtual reality headset is sure as shit going to spend a heap more money on games to try and maximise its perceived ‘value’. You can opt for a cheaper VR alternative of course, yet the further you stray from the Index, the further you stray from Half-Life: Alyx as Valve intended.

Yet there’s a very, very big jump between being interested in playing a new Half-Life and buying a $999 VR setup so you play the aforementioned game. There is no bridging this gap aside from the eventual quality of Half-Life: Alyx - you either think it’s worth it, or it isn’t. That didn't stop Valve Index headsets selling out around the world shortly after the announcement of Half-Life Alyx though.

If Half-Life Alyx comes along and it’s scoring 9’s and 10’s like it’s going out of fashion, it all becomes a tempting proposition. If it’s just a teleporting VR shooter experience with some high-end polish though? That thing could single-handedly kill off the hope of another Half-Life.

By now you’ve probably all seen the trailer. If you haven’t, here it is. It certainly looks the part, although there are definitely a few lingering questions about how it plays and whether it is indeed advancing VR as a platform. 

With all that you know and all that you’ve seen, do you think you’re going to take the plunge and pick up a VR headset for Half-Life: Alyx? Or is it simply too much to ask without other quality VR software to back it up? Get voting and let us know why below!

Will you buy a VR headset for Half-Life Alyx?

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08:26 Dec-28-2019

Don't go scaremongering people into having to buy a valve index because it's best for this game, the oculus is another great way to play the game. The touch controllers are great. The only thing you don't have is actual hand tracking in-game. It's emulated by using buttons to open and close your hand with how hard you press a button.

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01:01 Dec-24-2019

I am willing to buy one when there is a steady flow of VR games and the tech is mature enough for extensive use.

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08:26 Dec-28-2019

it already is, AAA games keep flooding in now

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15:19 Jan-01-2020

HMm please enlighten me, how many and which one AAA games are vr exclusives?

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21:40 Dec-23-2019

Not a chance.No even for Witcher 4.

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20:28 Dec-23-2019

I don't have space. Nor do I have the money. I'm barely able to save up for a new PC next year.


I wish I could.

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19:07 Dec-23-2019

I don't have space and I'm partly on wellfare but I got Index and I love it. No "retina" display yet but it's good enough.

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08:27 Dec-28-2019

priorities lol

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16:00 Dec-23-2019

Got a Rift S couple of months back and I'm very much sticking with that for a foreseeable future, so yeah I'm ready.

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15:33 Dec-23-2019

I'm sorry but no,I will watch it of YT. No space, no money, no everything.

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15:27 Dec-23-2019

No. I'll very likely get one in the future though, once the prices stabilize a bit and you don't need a beastly rig to run the headset.

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14:55 Dec-23-2019

lol no...

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14:23 Dec-23-2019

Hell yeah, but I'll wait for reviews first.

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13:43 Dec-23-2019

I would if it was available in my country and not as an import (which it wont be) and at a decent price (which might be the case some day). The only VR headset officially stocked in my country at a decent price is a PS VR. It's not bad overall but the image quality is pretty bad for my taste.

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13:38 Dec-23-2019

Am i they only one that have never play any half-life game nor care about it?

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15:34 Dec-23-2019

maybe you're too young, that's why.

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16:09 Dec-23-2019

They're really good games, they're gaming classics, and they're pretty cheap nowadays. If you get a chance, try them.

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17:40 Dec-23-2019

I will try them when i have time

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08:28 Dec-28-2019

The thing with half life games is that they extended vastly out of the game itself with mods. Some mods like counterstrike and team fortress became standalone games.

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13:37 Dec-23-2019

No.

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12:16 Dec-23-2019

I think it's the only way to sell their VR setup. And the next gen consoles would be 499$ at most. I could buy both PS5 and Xbox Series X for the price of one VR setup.

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11:29 Dec-23-2019

I could but i wouldnt. Its like buying the first 4k tv that barely has content and costs 5000$ while other buy it for below 500$ when it has content.

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11:27 Dec-23-2019

its not about hl/price to me. its about wheter that thing is actually ok for us. im not sure sticking anything techy to your head is a good idea. YES that includes wireless headphones. that sht radiates energy, in frequencies different to ones our bodies have/need. thats the main thing preventing me from buying vr

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11:25 Dec-23-2019

lol no

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11:20 Dec-23-2019

Not gonna pay 500€ + to play one game no matter how much i love it

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09:56 Dec-23-2019

This "you need to spend 999$ for hlvr" is the same mentality as "a gaming pc costs 2000$". Sure it's the best way to play, but you would do just fine with a 400$ Rift S. As for the voting, there should be an "I'm interested" option. I'm not gonna buy one just yet, but I'm for sure more interested now than 2 months ago.

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08:29 Dec-28-2019

yup, indeed. Hand tracking is all you lose.

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10:18 Dec-28-2019

You mean finger tracking. And from what I've heard it's not that great. Some people prefer the oculus controllers.

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09:50 Dec-23-2019

It would cost more than the PC I currently have, no way...

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08:30 Dec-28-2019

it can be played on a rift s or quest with link too. That's more than half the price of the index

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