The Half-life: Alyx system requirements have been revealed. Well, in part. The minimum PC specs for Valve’s “killer VR app” have been listed on the Steam store page and essentially detail the bare minimum PC specs for virtual reality gaming. That means if you’re already rocking a VR gaming PC then you’ve already got a system ready for the March Half Life: Alyx release date.
Half Life: Alyx is a prequel set between the events of Half-Life and Half-Life 2, will be available across Steam VR-compatible headsets, and will require just the bare minimum of last-gen mainstream graphics card grunt in order to run. Half-Life: Alyx will only be available to play in VR, and could single-handedly sell more VR headsets than all other games on the platform put together. And maybe even spawn a new VR spectator sport too.
If you rank among the fans waiting patiently for over a decade, and are perhaps a little worried for your gaming PC’s aptitude for VR, don’t fret. Valve has published the minimum spec for its upcoming Half-Life game and they are none too distressing for even modest rigs built in the past few years.
Half-Life: Alyx system requirements
|Half-Life: Alyx minimum PC specs|
|CPU||Intel Core i5 7500 | AMD Ryzen 5 1600|
|GPU||GTX 1060 6GB | RX 580 8GB|
Minimum PC specs
The basic PC specs for Half-Life: Alyx aren’t far off the minimum specs for the Valve Index, except we’re looking at a straight quad-core Intel CPU in the Core i5 7500. That’s a real old processor now, but with enough single threaded grunt for gaming. The AMD Ryzen 5 1600 is one of the best first-gen Ryzen chips, packing six cores and 12 threads, but is stlll a last-last-gen processor.
You will also have to purchase a VR headset if you haven’t already. All of the best VR headsets support Half-life: Alyx, which supports SteamVR across the board. That includes the Valve Index, HTC Vive Cosmos, Oculus Rift S, and Windows Mixed Reality headsets.
Valve hasn’t yet released its own recommended Half-Life: Alyx system requirements, but we’ve taken it upon ourselves to make you our own recommendations. After all, you’re going to want your first taste of Half-Life since “No… don’t leave me” to be looking good and playing as well as humanly possible.
|Half-Life: Alyx recommended PC spec|
|CPU||Intel Core i7 9700K | AMD Ryzen 5 3600|
|GPU||RTX 2070 Super | AMD RX 5700 XT|
Recommended PC spec
Virtual reality gaming isn’t too demanding on the ol’ CPU front, but we’d still recommend having a decent processor to marshal the graphics card troops. We’re suggesting either a straight eight-core Intel Core i7 9700K or a current-gen AMD Ryzen 5 3600… realistically of the two we’d lean more heavily towards AMD’s six-core, 12-thread chip.
Valve is definitely hoping to drive further sales of its flagship VR headset, the Index, with Half-life: Alyx. It’s introduced bonuses for Valve Index owners and anyone who purchases before 2019 – including skins, CS:GO content, and SteamVR environments. Can you run it? Check the Half-Life Alyx system requirements at PCGameBenchmark.
As if Half-life fans needed any other excuse to play the closest game to Half-Life 3 in over a decade…