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News video games 24 March 2020, 21:05

author: Bart Swiatek

Half-Life Alyx Without VR? Valve is Sure That Mods Will Make it Possible

Robin Walker - one of the devs from Valve Software responsible for shooter Half-Life: Alyx - believes that thanks to the mods in the game developed for VR, it will be possible to play on a normal monitor as well.

For now, Half-Life: Alyx is playable only in VR, but that could change.


  1. A dev of Half-Life: Alyx is convinced that modders will make it possible to run this title on a normal monitor;
  2. The developer believes that when it happens, many people will understand even better why the game was developed for VR.

Yesterday Half-Life: Alyx has launched - the first-person VR shooter from the famous Valve Software. Although we will only play the title with VR goggles (it's probably best to reach for Valve Index, but any Steam VR supporting set will do), but one of its devs - Robin Walker - is certain that in time it will be possible to launch it on a traditional monitor as well. All thanks to mods.

"Yes, it’s going to happen. I’m fine with it, for the sake of the other members of the team I don’t want to say I encourage you to do it, but it’s going to happen. I think people will then hopefully have an even greater understanding of why we decided to build the product in VR than they do now," said Walker in an interview for Polygon.

This last sentence seems to be crucial, because according to the dev, Half-Life: Alyx simply won't work as a normal video game.

“It will clearly demonstrate to people why we did this in VR. It will be a very crisp way of seeing all the stuff we got for the move into VR. If people play and say this is is just as good, that will teach me a lot. I will realize I’m wrong, and we didn’t get as much as we thought, and I love to know whenever I’m wrong," added Walker.

It is worth noting, that the title has received a very warm reception from the experts - the average of reviews on Metacritic is now 92%. According to many journalists, the title could revolutionize the niche VR industry by showing what this underestimated technology can really do.

  1. Half-Life: Alyx - official website
  2. Half-Life: Alyx May Be the Last Chance for VR. Otherwise, It'll End up Like 3D TVs
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