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Until Alyx spoke, “everyone just assumed they were playing as Gordon Freeman,” say Valve

As its name implies, Half-Life: Alyx sees you step into the virtual shoes of Alyx Vance, Gordon Freeman's fellow Resistance member from Half-Life 2. But in early playtests, several players still thought they were playing as Half-Life's silent protagonist, Valve have told me."We spent a bunch of time early on messing about with Alyx, trying to figure out what kind of language players responded well…

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Feature: Get your Quest playing Half-Life: Alyx in seven easy steps

How to play Half-Life: Alyx on Oculus Quest

Half-Life: Alyx can be played on practically every PC VR headset under the sun, from the super expensive Valve Index to entry-level Windows Mixed Reality headsets. However, you can also play it on the standalone Oculus Quest when you take advantage of Oculus Link, which connects your Quest to your PC like an ordinary Rift headset. In this article, I'll walk you through exactly how…

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Save £60 on an Oculus Rift S just in time for Half-Life: Alyx

Good news VR headset deals hunters. Currys' UK Ebay outlet has shaved £60 off the Oculus Rift S, taking the normally £399 headset down to a much more appealing £339. That's even cheaper than it was over Black Friday, making it a great time to snap one up if you're thinking about getting a headset for the launch of Half-Life: Alyx on Monday. Here's how…

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Feature: Everything you need to get ready for Half-Life: Alyx

Half-Life: Alyx PC requirements and VR headset specs: How to get your PC VR ready

If you're looking forward to Half-Life: Alyx as much as we are here at RPS (it's one of our most exciting games of 2020, don't you know), then you'll want to make sure your PC is prepped and ready to play it come its big release day on March 23rd. The good news is that you don't need an expensive Valve Index headset to run…

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The Valve Index VR headset is back in stock, for now

The Valve Index headset is back in stock. There, that's the post. Seriously though, it's been a bit of a ride the last few weeks watching the upcoming VR-only Half-Life game creep closer as Valve's own VR headset remained out of stock. Half-Life: Alyx, is releasing later this month and it looked like the Index wouldn't get back on the digital shelf in time. You can now…

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Valve Index restock rumoured for Monday – and folks have strange plans for how to buy it

Rumour has it that the Valve Index will be back in stock on Monday, March 9th, and Valve expect their VR headsets to sell right back out the same day. They sold out months ago and manufacturing has been disrupted by the Covid-19 virus, see, and now demand is extra high thanks to the impending launch of Half-Life: Alyx. I am surprised to learn demand…

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Three new Half-Life: Alyx videos show off gunplay and dead headcrabs

Half-Life: Alyx will be here before the month is out and Valve are kicking off March with three new gameplay videos. There's the usual headcrabs, of course, but we also get a look at exploding, healing, shooting, and plenty of other important VR action verbs. Valve have separated these into three videos to show off three types of VR locomotion: teleporting, shift, and continuous. Step…

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Save £120 on a Vive Cosmos at Overclockers UK

It's been VR headset deals galore this week. On Monday, HTC slashed the price of its Vive Pro starter kit by £220, no doubt in preparation for the launch of the upcoming Vive Cosmos Elite, and now Overclockers UK are offering £120 off a regular Vive Cosmos as part of their big 20th birthday bash. Normally £699, this takes the headset down to a rather…

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Valve say coronavirus impacting production of Index VR sets

Earlier this week, Valve's Index VR set was still sold out almost entirely around the globe just a month away from their own upcoming VR-only Half-Life: Alyx. No official word had come from Valve on the cause for the short stock or any estimate on when more units would be available. Previously we were only able to speculate on the cause for the hangup. Valve…

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HTC’s Vive Cosmos family expands with three new VR headsets and face plates

Just when you thought it was safe to take the plunge on a VR headset in time for Half-Life: Alyx, HTC have just gone and announced three new Vive Cosmos headsets to spice up your virtual window shopping. Dubbed the Vive Cosmos Elite, Vive Cosmos XR and Vive Cosmos Play, all three headsets will have the same 2880x1700 resolution display and overall design as the…

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Get 7 great VR games in the new Humble VR bundle

Those bundle fiends at Humble are at it again, this time offering seven top notch VR games for just over a tenner - including one of our best VR game picks, Superhot VR, as well as the excellent Budget Cuts, Moss and Space Pirate Trainer. If you need something to pass the time until Half-Life: Alyx comes out, then this is an excellent way to…

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HTC’s Vive Cosmos is £50 cheaper than it was over Black Friday

If you're thinking about buying a VR headset to get yourself ready for Half-Life: Alyx later this year, then you may be interested to know that the HTC Vive Cosmos is currently on sale again in the UK. It originally launched for £699 when it came out last year, but Amazon UK have now dropped the price to £549, making it £50 cheaper than it…

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The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners is a surprisingly fleshed out VR nightmare

I would definitely die in a zombie apocalypse. That’s my main takeaway from The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners, a VR tie-in that launched on Steam yesterday. A full-bodied control scheme demands you swing axes with both hands to put enough weight behind your attack, and knives and screwdrivers have to be buried into scalps with committed plunges; half an hour of whacking walkers has…

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Half-Life: Alyx will let you put buckets on headcrabs and the buckets will move around

In Half-Life: Alyx you will be able to trap headcrabs, the prime nemesis of footlobsters, inside buckets. "It'll move the bucket as it crawls around", confirmed the Half-Life: Alyx team in yesterday's Reddit Q&A, adding that "playtesters all keep reporting it as a bug". I hadn't given all that much thought to Half-Life: Alyx but this is honestly a game changer. It's a little crystallisation…

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Boneworks is one of the best VR games – and still kind of broken

Though everyone has their HMD cameras trained on Half-Life: Alyx as VR’s killer app, I’ve been staring creepily at Boneworks' gif-rammed Steam page and saying “soon” over and over. Having spent a few hours working my way through its meta game-within-a-game world, I’m not quite in the position to review it as a whole. It’s exhausting and sweaty, and if I didn’t take some breaks…

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Have You Played… Unseen Diplomacy?

Do you want to feel like James Bond? I bet you want to feel like James Bond. The James Bond who spends all his time crawling through vents and blocking laser beams with key cards. Here, watch some of Unseen Diplomacy, featuring a man using a broom to break into the lair of an evil corporation before it can delete the internet.

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All the best Black Friday VR headset deals to get you ready for Half-Life: Alyx

If Half-Life: Alyx has got you wondering whether you should finally take the plunge on a VR headset, have I got some Black Friday VR headset deals for you. Finally, there are some decent VR deals in the UK now, with big discounts on the HTC Vive, Vive Cosmos and Oculus Rift S. So, to help aid you in your quest for the best Black…

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