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Half-Life: Alyx is already being played with keyboard and mouse

Mouse/Keyboard, on a VR-only game?

Half-Life: Alyx is already being played with keyboard and mouse

Half-Life: Alyx is already being played with keyboard and mouse

Half-Life: Alyx is a VR-only game, but that hasn't stopped people from trying to play the game without a headset. In fact, PC gamers have already gotten the game working outside of VR, albeit in a janky way.  

The Twitch streamer, and Valve News Network Founder, Tyler McVicker, was able to get Half-Life: Alyx working using keyboard and mouse. This was possible thanks to console commands that Valve had left within Half-Life: Alyx, not thanks to a new game mod or exploit. 

Strangely, a command called "vr_enable_fake-vr_test" was found within the game, which was able to point Alyx's hands up without the need for a VR headset or motions controls. Other commands could also enable a Half-Life 2 style HUD and spawn some Half-Life 2 weapons. 

These findings don't just make a non-VR mod for Half-Life: Alyx possible, it makes it probable. The basis for a non-VR version of the game is already present, though it's undeniable that a non-VR version of Half-Life Alyx will deliver a sub-par experience. 

Below is a clip from McVicker's Twitch stream, which showcases Half-Life Alyx running outside of VR. It is only a matter of time before modders create a fully working non-VR version of Half-Life Alyx. 



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26-03-2020, 08:53:39

Greenback
Think it would lose to much not being in VR, it's impressive what they've done, though the size shows the limitation on my Quest being a stand alone headset 46Gb is a lot of internal storageQuote

27-03-2020, 15:44:57

AngryGoldfish
The game would be quite bland without VR I think. It's such an intrinsic part of its experience. Even watching others play it in VR is thrilling.Quote

27-03-2020, 15:53:54

Tolemac
Worth every penny I spent on a rift s. Valve did a masterpiece with this game. Just like they did with the Gravity gun 12 years ago.Quote

28-03-2020, 06:51:01

Warchild
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Originally Posted by Tolemac View Post
Worth every penny I spent on a rift s. Valve did a masterpiece with this game. Just like they did with the Gravity gun 12 years ago.
You should see it through the Cosmos. Oh my word... as far as detail goes, it wipes the floor with Oculus. Best game on Steam VR to date. Almost on level with Asghards wrath, which I also strongly recommend to you all.Quote

28-03-2020, 12:14:16

looz
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Originally Posted by Warchild View Post
You should see it through the Cosmos. Oh my word... as far as detail goes, it wipes the floor with Oculus. Best game on Steam VR to date. Almost on level with Asghards wrath, which I also strongly recommend to you all.
2880x1700 vs. 2560×1440, is the difference that great?Quote
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