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Today, Valve replied to our message asking about the situation with Half-Life: Alyx and Linux support and we got our answer.

Originally, the official statement that was sent to us (at the bottom here) mentioned it was only being confirmed for Windows. As it came closer to release, we messaged Valve again to see if they could be any clearer and here's what they sent to us today:

The game will be playable on Proton with DX11 at launch. Post-launch, we'll be aiming to provide Vulkan and Linux support through subsequent updates.

This is excellent news of course, showing truly that Valve is committed to Linux gaming for their return to the Half-Life saga. Now you just need a Virtual Reality kit and a decently powered computer but at least you will have a bit of extra time to prepare for the Linux version.

"Playing as Alyx Vance, you are humanity’s only chance for survival. The Combine’s control of the planet since the Black Mesa incident has only strengthened as they corral the remaining population in cities. Among them are some of Earth’s greatest scientists: you and your father, Dr. Eli Vance."

You can wishlist/follow Half-Life: Alyx on Steam. The release for Windows will be on March 23, once a date is set for Linux and when we learn more we will let you know.

If you missed it, Valve put out some Half-Life: Alyx gameplay videos which we've included below:

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Additionally, Gabe Newell and Robin Walker of Valve spoke to IGN in a new video that went up today.

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sigz 18 March 2020 at 7:50 pm UTC
I'm really disapointed.. Valve doesn't release its own game with vulkan and for steam OS at release ?? And they make it with dx11 after participating massively on vulkan for years ?? I don't get it..
They just don't believe themselves on linux gaming then, It would not be surprising if they delay more and more alyx linux release.


Last edited by sigz on 18 March 2020 at 7:51 pm UTC
Liam Dawe 18 March 2020 at 7:53 pm UTC
sigzI'm really disapointed.. Valve doesn't release its own game with vulkan and for steam OS at release ?? And they make it with dx11 after participating massively on vulkan for years ?? I don't get it..
They just don't believe themselves on linux gaming then, It would not be surprising if they delay more and more alyx linux release.
It's likely a case of when production started, Vulkan was still too new and rough or didn't have extensions needed to get the kind of performance they wanted. As we've seen with Artifact (RIP) and Dota Underlords, their newer stuff is usually Vulkan at release.
lejimster 18 March 2020 at 8:27 pm UTC
Kinda surprised they aren't going with Vulkan from launch, I wonder if they have issues to iron out with that renderer first?
Spyker 18 March 2020 at 9:32 pm UTC
My Valve Index is on its way, but I won't get it before launch time.
So I won't complain about the lack of native Linux support at launch. As Liam I understand that such a big game started its development way before Vulkan become a thing, so that probably explain the lack of official Linux support for now.
kennethdodrill 18 March 2020 at 9:40 pm UTC
Excellent. I figured that it would be playable via Proton, but super nice to know that native support is on it's way too. Very cool, super excited to play it.
TheRiddick 19 March 2020 at 2:17 am UTC
I have a Quest now but I will wait until Vulkan and Linux updates appear before jumping on this one.
Plus the AUD is crashing through the floor atm so that means minimal buying stuff for some time (allot of stores are operating on USD to AUD conversion systems which is NASTY).

Still waiting for several comfort add-ons to arrive as the Quest is probably one of the heaviest headsets out there, I really hope Quest v2 puts some of that weight on your head (clip on compute unit & battery?). Its kinda crazy.

PS. The Valve Index package comes to over $2000AUD here, the Quest only cost me $650AUD + accessories!!!!!! Valve just aren't interested in the Aussie market (many companies avoid us, especially now).


Last edited by TheRiddick on 19 March 2020 at 2:22 am UTC
Comandante Ñoñardo 19 March 2020 at 2:30 am UTC
TheRiddickI have a Quest now but I will wait until Vulkan and Linux updates appear before jumping on this one.
Plus the AUD is crashing through the floor atm so that means minimal buying stuff for some time (allot of stores are operating on USD to AUD conversion systems which is NASTY).

Welcome to Argentina.
ElectricPrism 19 March 2020 at 5:32 am UTC
Excellent.
I have my Valve Index ordered
and have waited a while so games
and support could catch up since
Valve Index's launch.

Very excited to dive into VR and enjoy.
ghiuma 19 March 2020 at 8:31 am UTC
Fantastic is good news, too bad that valve has decided not to support the Italian language, many developers don't care about our market ...
sub 19 March 2020 at 8:32 am UTC
Liam Dawe
sigzI'm really disapointed.. Valve doesn't release its own game with vulkan and for steam OS at release ?? And they make it with dx11 after participating massively on vulkan for years ?? I don't get it..
They just don't believe themselves on linux gaming then, It would not be surprising if they delay more and more alyx linux release.
It's likely a case of when production started, Vulkan was still too new and rough or didn't have extensions needed to get the kind of performance they wanted. As we've seen with Artifact (RIP) and Dota Underlords, their newer stuff is usually Vulkan at release.

Who knows. Maybe the Windows version is targeting Vulkan.
But drivers on Linux are still lacking stuff?

So they offer the D3D11 code path just for Proton/DXVK?
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