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Half-Life Alyx: Release date, PC specs, screenshots and more

Half-Life Alyx is a prequel that heads to Windows PC VR via Valve Index, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and Windows Mixed Reality in March 2020. Here’s all we know about it so far.

Half-Life Alyx setting

Set between Half-Life and Half-Life 2, players will (obviously) fill the shoes of protagonist Alyx Vance as she and her father Eli fight the Combine in City 17. Polygon has noted, however, that a particular voice line may suggest that Alyx also picks up after the events of Half-Life 2; one can hope, right?

Half-Life Alyx developers & Final Hours doco

Half-Life Alyx is being developed by Valve (obviously), but today we learned that a number of developers from the recently acquired Campo Santo (Firewatch) have been moved over to the project. While that’s good news in itself, the trade-off is that Campo Santo’s In the Valley of the Gods appears to have been shuttered.

The news comes from The Game Awards’ Geoff Keighley, who posted a new “Final Hours” epsidoe about Alyx and its development.

Half-Life Alyx trailer and screenshots

Half-Life Alyx PC specs

You’ll need a beast to play Half-Life Alyx, no matter how you slice it.

Steam miniumum specs

  • OS: Windows 10
  • Processor: Core i5-7500 / Ryzen 5 1600
  • Memory: 12 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GTX 1060 / RX 580 – 6GB VRAM

Valve Index minimum specs

  • OS: Windows 10, SteamOS, Linux
  • Processor: Dual Core with Hyper-Threading
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 / AMD RX480
  • Network: Broadband internet connection
  • Additional Notes: Available DisplayPort (Version1.2) and USB (2.0+) Port required

Valve Index recommended specs

  • Processor: Quad Core+
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 or better
  • Additional Notes: Available USB (3.0+) Port required for Headset Pass-Through Camera

Half-Life Alyx TF2 cameo

Stevivor’s Luke Lawrie has discovered that Team Fortress 2‘s Scout will make an appearance in Half-Life Alyx… but likely in a different way than you’d think.

There you have it — anything we missed this morning, anyone? Sound off in the comments area, below.

Half-Life Alyx heads to Windows PC VR via Valve Index, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and Windows Mixed Reality in March 2020.



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