Half-Life: Alyx – The VR Hardware & System Specs You Need to Know

If you want to play Valve’s upcoming videogame epic Half-Life: Alyx then you’re going to need more than just a PC because this new instalment is only for virtual reality (VR) headsets. Half-Life: Alyx will be Valve’s flagship VR experience but there’s more than one way to dive into this virtual world on 23rd March. 

Valve Index

Before you buy a headset you’ll need to make sure your PC is up to spec. Below are the minimum specifications Valve recommends to ensure a smooth Half-Life: Alyx experience. Obviously, if your PC exceeds these all the better.

Half-Life: Alyx PC Specifications

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

So onto the headsets compatible with Half-Life: Alyx. Naturally, the Valve Index is the go-to device if you’re buying into VR specifically for Half-Life: Alyx, with all of its nifty finger tracking but getting hold of one is another matter entirely. Luckily Valve has ensured the videogame will work on all SteamVR compatible headsets and there are quite a few.

Compatible VR Headsets:

  • Valve Index
  • Windows Mixed Reality
    • Acer WMR headset
    • Acer OJO 500
    • Asus WMR headset
    • Dell Visor
    • HP WMR headset
    • HP Reverb
    • HP Reverb Pro Edition
    • Lenovo Explorer
    • Samsung Odyssey
    • Samsung Odyssey+
  • Pimax
    • Pimax 5K
    • Pimax 5K Plus
    • Pimax 5K Super
    • Pimax 5K XR
    • Pimax Vision 8K Plus
    • Pimax Vision 8K X
    • Pimax Artisan

Oculus Rift S

There are of course incompatible headsets such as older versions of the Oculus Rift (DK1/DK2) and mobile devices like Gear VR and Daydream. When it comes to current VR headsets that won’t work the main one is PlayStation VR, Half-Life: Alyx is a PC VR-only title.

So that’s the hardware you’ll need. Don’t forget that Half-Life and Half-Life 2 are still free to play until the launch of Half-Life: Alyx next Monday. You also may want to take a look at VRFocus’Half-Life: Alyx – All The Gameplay Info Revealed So Far‘ feature for more juicy details.