Half-Life: Alyx

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Half-Life: Alyx
Half-Life Alyx title1.jpeg
VR/AR Virtual Reality
Developer Valve
Publisher Valve
Platform SteamVR
Device Valve Index, Oculus Rift, Oculus Quest, HTC Vive, Windows Mixed Reality
Operating System Windows 10, SteamOS, Linux
Type Game
Genre Action, Adventure, Shooter, Horror
Input Device 2 controllers
Play Area Room Scale, Seated, Standing
Game Mode Single-player
Language English, French, German, Spanish - Spain, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish - Latin America, Traditional Chinese, Italian, Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Portuguese, Portuguese - Brazil, Ukrainian, Vietnamese, Bulgarian, Greek, Danish, Dutch, Norwegian, Romanian, Thai, Turkish, Finnish, Swedish
Rating 9.2/10
Review Overwhelmingly Positive
Release Date March 23, 2020
Price free with Valve Index, otherwise $60
App Store SteamVR
Website https://store.steampowered.com/app/546560/HalfLife_Alyx/
Infobox Updated May 18, 2021
Half-Life: Alyx is a VR App.


Half-Life: Alyx is a VR game developed by Valve for SteamVR. The game continues the story line of the Half-Life franchise. The plot takes place between Half-Life and Half Life 2 where the character you play, Alyx Vance, is up against aliens called Combine that have overtaken the planet since the Black Mesa incident (an event that triggered the teleportation of aliens to Earth). Alyx, along with her father, the scientist Dr. Eli Vance, have founded a resistance movement who studies and defies the Combine every chance they get.[1]

Valve built this game for VR on top of their Source 2 engine. You can mod the game through Steamworks with a set of Source 2 tools. [1][2]

The game was built for Valve Index and was originally intended to be released at the same time; instead, the game's narrative was rewritten 6 months before the initial release date and delayed until March 2020.[3] If you have a Valve Index, you can play Half-Life: Alyx for free; otherwise it costs $60 through Steam for other PC-compatible HMDs.

You can purchase additional content including the soundtrack and a documentary called "Half-Life: Alyx - Final Hours" behind the franchise from Steam, each for $9.99. The soundtrack can also be streamed from Apple Music or Spotify. The composer Mike Morasky has also created soundtracks for Portal 2 and Team Fortress 2, other Valve-developed games.[1][4]


  • Community mods
  • First-person shooter
  • Visceral combat
  • Problem solving
  • Horror



The game was awarded the Best Game of the Year by the 2020 Steam Awards.[1]

It was nominated for four BAFTA awards in Audio Achievement, Game Design, Best Game, and Artistic Achievement in 2020. It won Best VR/AR Game at the 2020 Game Awards. For a list of more nominations and wins, visit IMDB.

System Requirements


  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS = Windows 10
  • RAM = 12 GB
  • GPU = GTX 1060 / RX 580 - 6GB VRAM
  • CPU = Core i5-7500 / Ryzen 5 1600
  • USB = 3.0+ for headset cameras


Images and Videos


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 https://store.steampowered.com/app/546560/HalfLife_Alyx/
  2. https://www.pcgamer.com/half-life-alyx-now-has-steam-workshop-support-and-official-mod-tools/
  3. https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/five-cool-things-we-learned-from-valves-half-life-alyx-final-hours-documentary
  4. https://www.half-life.com/en/alyx/

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