Keep your finger on the pulse of the XR industry with the Daily Roundup, the most important news in one daily email. Half-Life: Alyx has only been out for a week now, but many who have finished the game are already itching for more. And rather than grabbing your weapons from a holster and returning them when done, you use a menu to equip and unequip your weapons into your hand. I find this approach wholly unimmersive compared to being able to grab my weapons with whichever hand I see fit, or even set them down. This one might seem silly but it could be a major immersion booster.
Silent Hills PT Remake Mod for Half-Life: Alyx is now available for download
9 Half-Life: Alyx Mods We'd Love to See – Road to VR
Underneath our list of the best mods below, check out step-by-step instructions on how to install Half Life mods into your game. Click here to setup Oculus Link. Click here to setup Virtual Desktop on the Oculus Quest. They also stressed that one feature of the mod that is required at the end remains incomplete. While playing the game, most things are working, such as hand interactions, button presses, weapons, and movement. Hand interactions have been replaced with keyboard clicks instead. The bHaptics Tactsuit integration mod integrates three pieces of the Tactsuit lineup into the game.
Half-Life: Alyx mod lets you play with no VR headset – here’s how to install it
A Half-Life: Alyx modder has already found a way to play the game outside of its virtual reality criteria, allowing users to enjoy Valve's latest PC exclusive via a traditional mouse and keyboard setup. As explained by Unreal Academy in the video below, Half-Life: Alyx's code contains hidden non-VR debug commands that can be activated through modding trickery, removing the need to enjoy the game with a VR headset. This does, of course, come with a number of limitations. You can't use Alyx's now signature gravity gloves, for instance, while the general feel of the game outside virtual reality goes against everything Valve's emphasis on tactility and immersion built specifically for that format.
Plenty of fans haven't been able to play Half-Life: Alyx due to its VR exclusivity, but a new mod aimed to fix that bottleneck makes the entire game playable without a VR headset. The first mod to make Half-Life: Alyx non-VR play possible is an impressive feat, no doubt, but its rather janky condition made beating the game virtually impossible. Watching the mod in action, I'm impressed by how playable the action looks on a mouse and keyboard - truly, I can't imagine the work and know-how that surely went into adapting a VR-exclusive game for regular PC controls.