Half-Life: Alyx System Requirements

Get ready gamers, Half-Life: Alyx is here. Valve has managed finding success at probably everything they have tried to achieve with this installment. The whole action takes place before the occurrence in Half-Life 2, and players control Alyx Vance (hence the game title) as they try to fight off the alien Combine. For those who haven’t heard, the newest Half-Life is a strictly VR game.

Even though Half-Life: Alyx is a VR game, we would like to place it in the mid-spec PC tier as it should be surely playable, but as always for these types of games – a high-end PC is highly recommended. Let’s get in deeper into this tremendous VR experience and try to get a grasp of what you might need to run it successfully.

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The only problem with the newest addition are hardcore fans willing to buy a virtual reality headset to find out what arises next in the Half-Life world? Some may find it sad, that the newest addition is not the highly speculated third sequel.

We believe Valve had different intentions with this part and those were mainly to get into the hype-train of VR gaming. Certainly, they did it confidently and provided us with hands-down the best virtual reality experience money can buy at this moment.

  • Release Date: March 23, 2020
  • Platforms: PC
  • Genre: Virtual Reality, First-Person-Shooter, Science Fiction
  • Developer: Valve Corporation
  • Publisher: Valve

System Benchmarks

Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 (64-bit)
  • CPU: Intel Core i5 7500 / Ryzen 5 1600
  • RAM: 12 GB
  • GPU: NVIDIA GTX 1060 6GB / AMD Radeon RX 580 6GB
  • HDD: 50 GB

Recommended System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 (64-bit)
  • CPU: Intel Core i7 6700 / AMD Ryzen R5 1600
  • RAM: 16 GB
  • GPU: NVIDIA GTX 1080 8GB / AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 Air 8GB
  • HDD: 50 GB
half life alyx system requirements

Optimal PC Builds

The newly released Half-Life: Alyx uses the Source 2 engine, which as you may recall is used in Dota 2 as well. You may think that it shouldn’t require high-specs for smooth performance, but this is where VR steps in. Typically, virtual reality games tend to need rigs with newer hardware to support the headsets.

If you are into the whole VR scene and looking to build a high-end PC, check out our builds to get the most out of your buck.

As mentioned at the beginning, the “casual gamer” should expect this particular video game to be playable with a mid-spec build. The main reason we suggest this is that it is not an online competitive game, where you need the edge on your opponents.

Although we are looking forward to the future of VR, trust us that high-spec builds are the way to go.

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