Only some of you have the vision to play the next Half-Life

Title Only some of you have the vision to play the next Half-Life
Author Nick Diamon
Posted in News
When November 21, 2019

Valve announced Half-Life: Alyx, the next “full-length” chapter in the saga. It’s not Half-Life 3, or even Half-Life 2: Episode 3, but it’s probably the best we’re going to get…

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Nope, I don’t believe them.

The Alyx is a lie.

I wonder what the current VR player base numbers look like that can play this, is it over a million yet?

IIRC, Steam had 90 million active users in April.

Math isn’t my best friend, but it doesn’t look substantial.

Watching the interview with Geoff Keighley now ( - they didn’t explicitly say it but sounds like Valve expects to take a big loss on this in service of putting out a true VR-exclusive AAA game and showing that it can be done.

Yep, taking my Oculus off kijiji.

Exclusively a VR game will also cut off many international gamers who have limited means (availability) to get their hands on a VR set.

All the standard VR sets are readily available throughout Asia, including mainland China.

I might be irrational, but this kind of exclusivity makes me want VR even less than before.




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…I beg your pardon?

I have been on a bit of a Valve bash the past year or so but I think it looks great. Then again I already have an Oculus* plus hand wavers so i understand those who dont would be rightly annoyed.

and may I say nice job Valve for putting their money where their mouth is on non exclusivity*. This would drive sales for their rigs but they have chosen to support Oculus as well, fair play.

**although as @BrianRubin notes it is an exclusive hardware wise which does sucketh.

I thought this was going to be a story about how people with glasses wouldn’t be able to wear the head set or something. That would have made this decision super easy.

I suggest we use this thread and not the other one. Half Life 3 rumors lived and died in the 'aughts.

Runs to see if I can finally play Xcom 2 without Steam now that apparently Steam is opposed to exclusives

Starts crying

Fair point. I wish to amend my previous statements :)

I thought that a strange usage of the term exclusive. Valve set out to make a showcase of what VR can do. Technically that makes it exclusive to VR but… how else would you play a VR game? To me it’s like saying Netflix is exclusive to electronic displays.

I could see being miffed if Half-Life 3 was VR-only and fans of the first two couldn’t see the long-awaited conclusion without a VR headset but this is its own thing.