Valve Rolls out Another Little Half-Life: Alyx Update, Improves Left/Right Hand Control Swapping

There’s a lot to love about Valve’s latest virtual reality (VR) title HAlf-lIfe: Alyx, an epic adventure which doesn’t do much wrong. But no videogame can ever be 100% perfect and since its launch a week ago Valve has addressed early concerns with a couple of updates. The first improved turning options whilst the latest makes sure those switching between left and right-handed controls are fully supported.

Half-Life: Alyx

The initial release of Half-Life: Alyx did feature a fairly extensive selection of options to cater for most players but Valve has been noting the public feedback. Version 1.2 update may be classified as small but it does add an important option, being able to swap between both hands for movement completely independently of your preferred weapon hand.

Half-Life: Alyx changelog v1.2:


  • Added full-featured support for left / right hand for movement controls, independently of left / right hand for weapon controls.
    To use this: Select Left / Right hand in the in-game UI, and then select the desired Weapon / Off-Hand bindings in the SteamVR controller bindings UI.
  • Added an option to draw subtitles and captions to the spectator window only.
  • Clarified Height Adjust accessibility options, and set better defaults across various controllers.

Performance notes:


  • Fixed a UI issue where graphics settings would appear to drop from Medium to Low.
  • Fixed not being able to use Quick Back, Shift-Dash-Jump, and teleport feet rotation when Controller Turning was turned off.
  • Fixed a case where loading a left-handed savegame from the Main Menu could cause the player to lose ammo.
  • Fixed savegames where the SMG was missing parts of its model.
  • Fixed a number of crashes.

Half-Life: Alyx

VRFocus reviewed Half-Life: Alyx last week, giving the title a full five-stars: “A stunningly rich experience from start to finish, Half-Life: Alyx is one of the best VR titles available, a perfect showcase for what VR gaming is capable of. It doesn’t exactly break new ground, instead providing familiar Half-Life gameplay all wrapped up in a highly polished VR gift bag.”

If you’ve not yet started Half-Life: Alyx why not take a look at VRFocus’ top tips to help the journey. As further updates are released for Half-Life: Alyx, VRFocus will let you know.