Being, perhaps, the most anticipated virtual reality game to date, Valve: Alyx’s Half-Life is expected to significantly increase interest in VR games and VR hardware. In an attempt to draw attention to their latest hardware, HTC and Valve are both grouping the game with some versions of their headsets.
For a limited time (while supplies last, to be more specific), HTC’s Vive Cosmos Elite package for $ 899 / € 999 will come with a free digital copy of Valve’s Half-Life: Alyx. Meanwhile, Valve himself will package the title with its Index VR headphones (which cost $ 499, or $ 749 with controllers, or $ 999 with additional controllers and base stations), or almost all of its add-ons, according to The Verge.
Half-Life by Valve: Alyx is a game that works exclusively with virtual reality headsets and is compatible with Facebook’s Oculus VR, HTC’s Vive, Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality and Valve’s Index platforms. Since the title is not compatible with non-VR configurations, it will inevitably attract franchise fans to virtual reality.
Valve says Half-Life: Alyx was developed using the Index hardware, although combining the game with HTC’s Vive Cosmos shows that the two companies are still relatively close, a relationship that dates back to the creation of the original Vive headset.
Sources: HTC, HTC, The Verge, Engadget