Hell has frozen over, the world has stopped spinning, and Valve has announced a new Half-Life game. Out of nowhere, the company behind Steam and a bunch of influential titles has revealed Half-Life: Alyx, a virtual reality sequel to its seminal first-person shooter series. As Valve has a heavy hand in the world of VR with its HTC Vive headsets, there's a question as to which platforms this new game will be released. Will Half-Life: Alyx come to PlayStation 4's PSVR? Let's talk about that now.
Will Half-Life: Alyx release for PSVR?
Currently, we only know for certain that Half-Life: Alyx will release on Steam, supporting only PC VR headsets such as Valve Index, Vive, Oculus, and Windows MR at launch in March 2020. This means you won't be able to play the game on PSVR. However, this doesn't mean you should give up hope for the title to appear on Sony's headset in the future.
It's worth keeping in mind that Valve has released a couple of important games on PlayStation platforms in the past. Most recently on PS3, the company launched The Orange Box, a collection which included many of its most beloved titles, and later on, the brilliant Portal 2. Valve is no stranger to publishing games on consoles.
Of course, this doesn't mean for sure that you'll be able to play Half-Life: Alyx on PlayStation VR. It's likely that Valve will want to keep this game exclusive to Steam, at the very least for a year or so. The bottom line is: don't expect Half-Life: Alyx on PSVR for a good while, but don't count it out either.
Will you be playing Half-Life: Alyx on a PC VR headset, or will you wait to see if it comes to PSVR instead? Wrap your head around that trailer in the comments below.
Personally I'd love to see Valve and Sony do a deal on content for some of these flagship games - that helps promote VR as a medium rather than individual platforms. Whilst this looks amazingly good, I really don't like the idea of buying another platform just to play this... fingers crossed for a deal anyway.
That looks amazing and now I wanna play Half Life 2 again.
"Most recently" was a PS3 game? Jesus.
But hey, its not Half-Life 3, but its something!
The game looks incredible. Honestly, I may have to buy a Vive just to play this come March.
Maybe Sony works out a deal with them where it only works on PSVR 2.on PS5?
must say Half-Life has dragged on to the point where I'm not that fussed anymore.
This looks incredible. So happy to see continued investment into VR games.
@David187 Same, been way too long for me to give a damn about Half Life anymore.
Looks incredible but I'm sure many will be disappointed it's both VR and not HL3.
It’s Half Life, so I’m excited! Doubt I’d ever get to play it unless it came to PSVR though. Not that I have a PS headset either, but I’d happily get one for this.
No space for a gaming pc right now sadly.
PSVR has the biggest install base for VR gaming and no one wants to leverage it but Sony. It's kind of strange to me. But oh well 🤷🏾♂️
@3Above I don’t think Valve need the money enough tbh. Although there is every chance it’ll make it over to console too, I reckon. They have a pretty good track record on console all said.
Man this looks good, I can't imagined if valve make half-life 3 using this engine
@kyleforrester87 Yeah they arent in any rush. Certainly not with the Half Life IP.
So you guys think Valve will release a half life hd collection?
nope, definitely NEVER coming to playstation vr. this game literally exists to sell vive/index headsets. it wasn't made to please old half life fans. it wasn't made to give any closure to the previous half life series. it is meant to get vive/index headsets into as many homes as possible since valve has a stake in the tech and wants to finally give people a reason to get one. by putting this game on playstation vr, it will fail to keep people in its own exclusive ecosystem. the barrier to entry is simply not worth it to me, but it is cool valve finally got its ass into motion and made another video game.
Those graphics and VR? Only on a triple RTX2020 🙈
@Porco 100% sure eh? I could accept 90% I guess but there is certainly a chance it could happen down the line.
Why does everyone sound Australian?!
Wow that looks awesome. Great to see more serious VR support. Hope we get it some day.
@Porco though I agree it's probably not comming to psvr if what your saying is true wouldn't they have made it exclusively for the valve headsets?
@SKC_Diamond possibly, but if they did that there would be severe backlash from the community and it would hurt their software sales even more. i don't think there are enough vive/index headsets alone to make the project viable for valve (about 1m for vive and a few hundred thousand for index) so it is in their best interest to allow all pc compatible headsets to be included.
@kyleforrester87 well, i have been wrong before and could be wrong again, but i don't see it happening unless sony's next vr device is compatible with ps5 and pc... only then would sony's headset be able to play the game while connected to a pc (steam). seeing as sony is the market leader in vr headset sales, valve likely wants to gain a larger market sale of its own device(s) and that requires exclusivity of its software. what better way to achive that than to realease a killer vr game exclusive to the pc platform?
Considering this title will be available on every PC VR headset including competitors like Oculus and Microsoft mixed reality, is a matter of time that this game hits PlayStation in some point. Maybe PS5 VR because I doubt that the current hardware could handle these graphics on VR.
Lol not happening...
It's a system seller now...
Why would they wanna give that away???
half life 3 released...half life alyx ...confirmed..
@Porco I think there must be a shared interest across all parties to increase interest in VR, to a degree. After being a PC exclusive for a year or two I could imagine it coming to PS4.
It won't be coming to PSVR, not because of platform or even power. It's just a case of PSVR can not track for a game like this. If PSVR 2 sorts out the tracking it's a possibility but not at the moment.
@Porco the one contradiction in your argument is that if valve don't care about half-life fans, why would they pick half-life as the franchise to shift units? Doesn't correlate.
I agree it's doubtful it'll come to psvr though. Maybe in a few years when it's rinsed Steam sales all it can and psvr2 is out - meaning capable of meeting the resolution requirements Valve would demand, particular as they are about platform specifics.
@PaperyWhiteBoy They did say that when originally testing concepts they used a load of HL2 models since they were readily available, then realised it really suited the HL "universe" or whatever so ran with it. But they didn't explicitly set out to make a HL VR game, unless they are fibbing.
"We didn’t set out to make a Half-Life game,” Robin Walker, programmer on Half-Life: Alyx told IGN. Valve began experimenting with VR using assets from Half-Life and Portal, though the movement and momentum of the latter wasn't suitable for VR. Half-Life was.
Initially it was only a brief Half-Life VR experience, but that changed in large part to the reactions of playtesters. "As we started to put people through this 15-minute prototype," Walker told Geoff Keighley, "they would spend 45 minutes in it doing a bunch of stuff that we'd never really… they exhibited a bunch of behaviors we'd never really seen players exhibit in the sort of flatscreen 2D, desktop environment."
And while I agree it would certainly be at least a year if not longer before it came to PSVR, I wouldn't say Valve are so fussed about performance given the OG Xbox version of HL2 lol. But at the end of the day, nearly all (??) of Valves games have made it on to console - HL, Portal, L4D, CS, TF
@LaJettatura you ok?
As many have stated before, for me this isn't a Half-Life game.
It's a game that has a story in the same universe, but that's it.
The Valve VR headsets wasn't selling well, and I don't know if this game was already planned or it it was a response to those short sells (I believe that it was already planned to boost the sells whatever happened), but the fact is that now, a lot of people will buy them.
And there's no interest to Valve to sell it on other platforms, so I would guess that is not coming to PS VR..
@PaperyWhiteBoy the way i see it is, if valve did care about half life fans, they wouldn't have kept them in the dark for well over 15 years, giving them false hope. after such a long time, valve finally makes a half life announcement and it turns out it isn't even a direct sequel to episode 2 — the game everyone was waiting for. it is a random prequel that will likely just tease the loyal half life community if anything. on top of that, it requires a vr headset which most people have no desire to get. being vr-only game is intended to suit valve's bottom line of selling hardware and it has put that objective above the fans of the franchise. i mean, i am amazed valve has so many loyal fans after all this time and constantly being kicked to the curb. valve is either too incompetent to get a proper half life sequel in the works or it is too afraid to tackle it.
@kyleforrester87 perhaps, i won't rule that out entirely
I gonna start saving for a gaming PC and PCVR headset, as it's gonna be at least 2 years for PSVR2, and with move controllers in its current state, is gonna get PSVR owners jumping ship like myself, with great games like Asgard's wrath, stormlands and upcoming like half life and medal of honour, tho will still keep hold of my my PSVR going into ps5 for GT7 and more, freakin love VR.
Looks to be too demanding for PS4.
Maybe on PS5. Valve have been totally unpredictable since they started making most of their money as shopkeepers rather than developers.
The main thing holding back PSVR at the moment is that the move controllers are not really fit for purpose as modern VR controllers.
Do it! I'll happily pawn off my wife to Valve if they do.
Sick of her anyway.
@nessisonett I understand what you mean looks great but its not what i wanted somehow.
Will it come too PSVR i really dont know i will see when it or if it ever happens.
Very tempted to buy & return (if possible) a Vive or Index headset just to play this, lol. 😋
@Knuckles-Fajita It's basically Half Life 3. It's got a 17 hour campaign and while it is a prequel, Metal Gear Solid 3 was also a prequel.
@Chlocean Valve also said to replay Ep2 before playing this. I think it'll be a prequal/sequel
They know calling it HL3 creates too much hype
There’s no way in hell PSVR would even render this game unless you really toned the graphics/textures down. Have you seen the trailer? Source 2 engine looks insane, almost next gen. Maybe on PSVR 2.0 and PS5, but no way in hell will it run on PS4.
Seriously? How is this a guide?
@oldschool1987 'Sick of her anyway.'
No reason for them to send this to PSVR when it wouldn't really benefit Valve. Can you play something like Astro Bot on Oculus/Vive? No, because first-party efforts like this are meant to push services and/or hardware.
If you want to play this, get a VR-capable PC and a SteamVR-supported headset.
Won't happen as PSVR as it's too underpowered to run that game like for like. PS5 should be fine going by the tech gossip.
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