Half-Life: Alyx – It’s so bad without VR glasses

Thanks to a modder, Half-Life: Alyx can now be played through completely on the monitor using the mouse and keyboard. That’s good, because it shows why Valve’s masterpiece should only be experienced in virtual reality.

“I’m looking forward to it,” said lead valve designer Robin Walker after the release of Half-Life: Alyx. Walker thinks that thanks to modders, the game will soon be playable without VR glasses.

The first non-VR mods appeared soon, but they were quite faulty and did not allow playthrough. Now a modder with the name R57Zone has released a driver with which Half-Life: Alyx can be played from start to finish on a monitor and with a mouse and keyboard.

A seven-minute YouTube video shows how to set up Half-Life: Alyx for this type of gaming experience. The driver is available free of charge on Github.

An argument for virtual reality

Virtual Reality thrives on players finding themselves in the game world and interacting directly with them by using their own hands. Half-Life: Alyx uses these strengths of the medium as an example, as I described in the article Half-Life: Alyx – What makes Virtual Reality so special.

With the non-VR mod, this type of gaming experience falls flat. This is demonstrated by a second YouTube video (see below) that shows the VR mod in action. They are particularly negative awkward and clumsy hand interactions using the mouse and keyboard.

Seen in this way, the VR-Mod is more an argument for than against Virtual reality. It proves that VR gaming experiences are not easy classic video game paradigm can be retransmitted.

This is also the reason why Robin Walker was looking forward to non-VR mods. “Part of me can’t wait for people to have this experience, to notice what’s going to be lost in the non-VR version, and to understand why we’ve created the game from scratch for virtual reality,” Walker told VGC .

If you are now toying with the purchase of VR glasses, then take a look at our large VR glasses comparison 2020. You can find more information about the game in our information guide to Half-Life: Alyx.

Cover picture: r57Zone

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Half-Life: Alyx – It’s so bad without VR glasses was last modified: April 13th, 2020 by Tomislav Bezmalinovic

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