I just finished Half-Life: Alyx and man, what an amazing experience. I’m so thankful to Gaben for doing this and I’m hopeful we get to see Left 4 Dead 3 or Portal 3 on VR.

Frequently Asked Questions

Anyways, I’m here to answer any questions you might have regarding Half-Life Alyx. So feel free to drop me an email if you have anything to ask about the game.


In this Article:

Do I Need to Play Half-Life 1 & 2 Before Half-Life: Alyx?

No not at all. But there are things from Half-Life 1 & 2 that makes you appreciate Alyx more. If you asked me, I would recommend you play 1 & 2 first to get the full value from Half Life: Alyx.

How Long is Half-Life: Alyx?

15 hours on normal mode, about 20 hours on hard mode. Easy mode is shorter, but I haven’t tried it.

Is Half-Life: Alyx VR Only?

Yes, it was specifically designed for VR and there are no plans for it to be released on 2D. Luckily, VR headsets are very affordable nowadays and you can get one for the price of a console. If not, you can watch a Youtuber play it and experience the story.

Is Half-Life: Alyx Worth it?

Half-Life: Alyx costs $60 USD so it’s pretty expensive, but for the price, I think it’s actually great value. There’s no VR experience like Half-Life: Alyx – it’s simply one of the best games on the market and I fear we won’t get another game this good in a long time. (Hopefully I’m wrong).

What’s the Cheapest Way to Play Half-Life: Alyx?

The cheapest way is the Lenovo Explorer. Everything should work fine with it as long as you have a VR-capable PC.

The recommended option is the Oculus Quest or Oculus Rift S. Read more about those here.

Does Half-Life: Alyx Have a Good Story?

Yes! It’s one of the best things about the game. I’m a huge fan of story-driven games and Half-Life Alyx lived up to my expectations. If you enjoyed the story for Half-Life 1 & 2, you’ll certainly enjoy Alyx.

Does Half-Life: Alyx Have Multiple Endings?

Yes! You can watch them here. Of course I don’t need to tell you that there’ll be spoilers.

Does Half-Life: Alyx Have Multiplayer?

Unfortunately not. Valve has no plans of adding it either.

Does Half-Life Alyx Work on the Oculus Quest, Rift and PSVR?

Half-Life: Alyx works on all PC VR headsets including the Oculus Quest if you have a Oculus Link cable. It also works on all Windows Mixed Reality headsets like the Samsung Odyssey. It doesn’t work on PSVR as of now.

Can Half-Life: Alyx Be Played Sitting Down?

Yes it can. You can just use the touch motion controllers to move around and turn. There are various options for movement including smooth locomotion and teleportation.

Will Half-Life: Alyx Make Me Motion Sick?

Some people will get motion sickness as there’s artificial motion in the game, but Alyx does a much better job at preventing motion sickness than other games though. Overall – I had no issues with the game whilst other games like Boneworks causes motion sickness for me.