What helmet is needed for Half Life: Alyx
The release of Half Life: Alyx was a big deal, as the series hadn’t been updated with new games in 13 years. But along with the joy, the announcement brought grief to gamers. After all, to play Half Life: Alyx, you definitely need a virtual reality helmet, and this is an expensive gadget. Of course, modders have already found a way to play without VR, but this is an inferior solution. A VR headset is a must for the effect. What kind of helmet you need for Half Life: Alyx – this selection of virtual reality headsets will tell you.
Valve Index – Recommended Option
Index © Valve
Valve Index is a virtual reality headset that is guaranteed to work with Half Life: Alyx without any problems, since it was created by the same company. The controllers respond to the movement of each finger.
It is equipped with a pair of screens with a resolution of 1440×1600 for each eye, having a refresh rate of 144 Hz and a field of view of about 130 degrees. For convenience, there is an interpupillary distance setting.
The disadvantage of Valve Index is its absence in Russian retail.
HTC Vive – Proven and Versatile
HTC Vive Pro © VR-STORE
HTC Vive is another compatible helmet for Half Life: Alyx. This virtual reality headset is available separately or as a complete set. The first option costs from 62 thousand rubles, the second – from 110 thousand. The extended HTC Vive Pro Full Kit also includes two base stations and two controllers that can be used in Half Life: Alyx.
The helmet is equipped with a pair of OLED screens with a resolution of 1440×1600 per eye. They support a refresh rate of 90 Hz and have viewing angles of 110 degrees. Of course, there is a tracking system with cameras, headphones and a microphone. For better compatibility with the individual anatomy of each user, there is an adjustment of the distance between the pupils and focus.
Oculus Rift – a choice of devices of different classes
Oculus Rift S © Shazoo
Oculus Rift has been dealing with virtual reality helmets for a long time, and there are several such devices in its lineup. Headsets for VR Oculus Rift CV1 and Oculus Rift S are available in Russia. The first is equipped with a screen that gives each eye a resolution of 1080×1200 with a frequency of 75 Hz and a view of 110 degrees. The VR headset comes with two controllers. It costs from 49 thousand and is suitable for less powerful PCs.
The Oculus Rift S is an updated VR headset with a 2560×1440 display giving 1280×1440 for each eye. It has the same field of view, but the frequency is increased to 80 Hz. The set includes two controllers, and the price of the gadget is from 71 thousand rubles. Owners of powerful PCs for playing Half Life: Alyx should prefer this model.
Oculus Quest – conditionally standalone
Quest © Oculus
While the Quest is marketed as a standalone wireless device that does not require a PC, it requires both a powerful computer and a cable to play Half Life: Alyx. The cost of a virtual reality headset is from 68 thousand for the 64 GB version. The VR headset is equipped with screens with a total resolution of 3200×1440 (1699×1440 per eye) with a 72 Hz sweep frequency and a 100-degree field of view.
Windows Mixed Reality – a choice of devices from different brands
Samsung HMD Odyssey © VRnet.io
Windows Mixed Reality isn’t just one VR headset, but the generic name for the VR system officially being developed by Microsoft. Several companies produce devices compatible with it, some of them are available in Russia. The first device is Samsung HMD Odyssey. This helmet is equipped with screens with a resolution of 1440×1600 for each eye, with a refresh rate of 90 Hz and viewing angles of 110 degrees. Its cost is from 44 thousand rubles.
For a comparable amount, there is also Lenovo Explorer, which has similar characteristics. It is equipped with screens 1440×1440 with a frequency of 90 Hz and viewing angles of 110 degrees.
HP Reverb © TechRadar
For a better picture, you can choose the HP Reverb VR Headset – Pro Edition. It is equipped with screens with a resolution of 2160×2160 for each eye, with a frequency of 90 Hz and a field of view of 114 degrees. This device is more expensive than other VR helmets, from 73 thousand rubles.
When choosing a VR headset for Half Life: Alyx, don’t forget about the PC itself. The use of two high-resolution monitors creates a heavy load on the hardware, so a budget computer is not suitable. The same HP Reverb suffers from a lack of performance even on the flagships of the previous generation like the GeForce GTX 1080, not to mention the more affordable video cards.