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damarrin 22 May 2020 at 2:10 pm UTC

No thread for this? For shame!

Alyx is native now. Yay?

I just got my Ryzen 3700X with new mobo and RAM and it runs almost perfect. A second of out-of-place reprojection frames every now and then, it's fully awesome.

It was unplayable while still running with Proton on my FX-8320E, and I didn't test the native version there, I need to put the gfx card and drive back in to see how the native version compares.

Anyway, I played the opening section and a little beyond and it's really something.

buono 22 May 2020 at 2:48 pm UTC

I completed it yesterday playing the native version and it did feel like a much smoother experience throughout ( especially the loading screens ), and no crashes at all.

I noticed a couple of subtle changes on this play-through; additional minor graphic effects, missing chairs in the Jeff chapter??, and a nod to the crowbar collective early in the game before meeting the vortigaunt.

Looking forward to seeing what happens in the workshops now!

utx 23 May 2020 at 8:15 am UTC

Did Alyx first release non native?

damarrin 23 May 2020 at 8:29 am UTC

Yes.

damarrin 24 May 2020 at 1:26 pm UTC

Wow, this gets so intense.

When the

Spoiler, click me
armored headcrab jumped through the gate and landed right next to me where you first encounter them I just paused the game and took the headset off.
I played more and I got a little used to it, but wow.

Last edited by damarrin on 24 May 2020 at 1:27 pm UTC

damarrin 24 May 2020 at 7:25 pm UTC

It's somewhat buggy, though. Save games or options can fail to appear in the menu. I got some graphic corruption at one point, though that happened only once.

Still, the most intense gaming experience I've ever had.

buono 24 May 2020 at 7:58 pm UTC

So far for me the game is working great, no crashes of graphic glitches however the state of steamVR for linux does still feel beta - overlay sometimes works, sometimes not, vr compositor crashes etc.. - but works well enough to get the game going and explore some environments.(Half -life 2 kleiner's lab is my current favorite)

Is this your first play through?

damarrin 24 May 2020 at 10:04 pm UTC

Yeah, i’m playing for the first time. Just getting through the area with

Spoiler, click me
all the barrels and barnacles
and I died and couldn’t load the game because the window with the saved games was empty.

damarrin 24 May 2020 at 10:05 pm UTC

And yeah, SteamVR is very beta. Good enough to use, luckily.

Patola 25 May 2020 at 9:59 am UTC

damarrinWow, this gets so intense.

When the
Spoiler, click me
armored headcrab jumped through the gate and landed right next to me where you first encounter them I just paused the game and took the headset off.
I played more and I got a little used to it, but wow.
Happened to me too, one headcrab jumped at my face and I waved my arms like hell (in real life), I managed to get it off my face (in the game) and kill it but I had to pause the game and take the headset off for a minute to recompose myself. I was shaking, it was so real.

buono 25 May 2020 at 10:26 am UTC

I have the marks on my headset from flailing my arms around trying to remove a headcrab

It's a great immersive experience with plenty of shocks, in an awesome environment. Sorry you've lost your save game, but take your time catching up, savor the first play through as much as possible.

Have fun!

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