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Seems I'll be replaying Half-Life 2 again soon but this time in VR

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Half-Life 2: VR Mod is on the way and will hit official Beta on Steam on September 16th, so I guess I'll be playing it all over again then.

Seems currently it has no Native Linux version but don't let that stop you, it's probable that Proton will run it quite well. The developers said they do plan to open the source code too, they just need to get it approved by contributors and ensure there's no technical or legal issues. Once that's done, no doubt someone will do a proper port anyway.

It will be free, since it's a mod but you do need to own a copy of Half-Life 2.

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Features:

  • Full room-scale VR with tracked motion controls. Physically walk around, pick up objects and climb ladders the way that only Virtual Reality allows.
  • Intuitive and realistic weapon interactions, with quick and easy weapon switching via a radial menu, ammo storage over your shoulder, functional iron-sights, two-handed weapons, and manual reloading.
  • Control options including; full left-handed support, a laser sight, and arcade style "quick reload".
  • Comfort features like motion vignette and 3rd person vehicle camera. (Note: there is currently no teleport movement option.)
  • Playable on any VR headset which is supported by SteamVR.
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damarrin 30 Aug
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Whaaa, an actual reason to play something on my actual PC? Insanity.
wolfyrion 30 Aug
What is the status of VR in Linux? (plug and play?)

Shall I buy Valve Index VR Kit or wait for something newer from Valve?


Last edited by wolfyrion on 30 August 2022 at 9:01 am UTC
Play Half Life 2 again?????...... I have never played Half Life 2........ I do own it...... When I bought The Orange Box..... But that was just for TeamFortress 2....... I didnt even play Portal.....

Infact ive never even played the original Half Life..... I bought that just to play the TeamFortress Classic mod......

I should install them an play them one day........
JSVRamirez 30 Aug
I wonder how the old HL2 graphics will 'feel' in VR. I was always rather saddened that the HL2 Cinematic Mod didn't run as smoothly on Linux. A massive graphical update would be sweet alongside a VR update.
kuhpunkt 30 Aug
I hope somebody does a non-VR mod. Not everybody can afford a VR headset and I'd really like to play it.
Beamboom 30 Aug
Quoting: kuhpunktI hope somebody does a non-VR mod. Not everybody can afford a VR headset and I'd really like to play it.
... Then play hl2? This is just a VR mod for that game.


Last edited by Beamboom on 30 August 2022 at 12:31 pm UTC
buono 30 Aug
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Looking forward to it!

The action is going to be pretty intense in VR.
nPHYN1T3 30 Aug
Half Life 2 is one of two of the only games that made me nauseous...I can't imagine the Hell Raiseresque vomitorium that a VR version would be. Be sure to put plastic down and keep a bucket near ;)

HALF LIFE 2 - HURLTUAL REALITY


Last edited by nPHYN1T3 on 30 August 2022 at 1:25 pm UTC
anewson 30 Aug
soon as I read the headline I thought of the pick-up-that-can sequence. imagine all the new ways we can counter-abuse that combine guard with VR.
slaapliedje 30 Aug
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Quoting: wolfyrionWhat is the status of VR in Linux? (plug and play?)

Shall I buy Valve Index VR Kit or wait for something newer from Valve?
I played through Half-Life: Alyx in Linux. all on the Valve Index.

Worked perfectly.
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