Valve returns to its most legendary franchise on March 23, 2020 with Half-Life: Alyx. Given its nature as a PC VR title, however, you’ll need a good VR viewer to be able to access it. This page has therefore been designed to allow you to choose the VR headset that best suits your needs, giving you all the most useful information to allow you to play Half-Life: Alyx in the best possible conditions.
Taking a look at all the options available can be confusing, especially if you are new to VR. Half-Life: Alyx, in fact, is officially compatible with 6 different SteamVR headsets that we’ll be including in this article. Before we start, a quick note: we haven’t listed first-gen viewers like the original HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift CV1 that have vanished from the market. Here are the headsets indicated by Valve for playing Alyx:
  • Valve index
  • HTC Vive Pro
  • HTC Vive Cosmos
  • Oculus Rift S
  • Oculus Quest (with connection cable)
  • Windows Mixed Reality
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Due to their different designs, screens adopted, tracking solutions, and price tag, there is really a lot to discuss about each option. Fortunately, once you understand the main features, it’s easy to understand which solution will best meet your needs. Once you’ve read all of our tips, it’ll be a walk to choose which VR headset to use for Half-Life: Alyx.
Without further ado, let’s take a look at the index, presented in the form of a handy table:

headphones verdict Best price (complete system)
Valve index The best VR headset for HL: Alyx € 539 on Steam (viewer only)
€ 799 on Steam
€ 1079 on Steam (kit with base stations)
HTC Vive Pro A premium alternative of excellent quality around € 715 on the Vive site (spectator only)
around € 1,079 on the Vive site (with access points)
HTC Vive Cosmos Very high visual fidelity, with some small flaws around € 839 on the Vive site, € 792 on Amazon IT
Oculus Rift S The best VR headset for the price-performance ratio around € 470 on Amazon UK
Oculus Quest An option not to be underestimated (64 GB) around € 599 on Amazon UK / around € 715 (128 GB) on Amazon IT
Windows Mixed Reality The cheapest option to play Half-Life: Alyx 280 € on the Microsoft US site
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If you’re in a rush, here are some quick tips:

  • From our point of view, the Valve index represents the better option currently available on the market thanks to an excellent display, excellent tracking and controllers capable of accurately reproducing finger movements. Unfortunately, however, the index is quite expensive and stocks run out quite quickly.
  • If you don’t want to spend more than $ 1,000 to play in VR, theOculus Rift S is the best solution for value for money thanks to excellent controllers and excellent tracking even without the need to use base stations.
  • Finally, the viewers Windows Mixed Reality these are often (but not always) the most options economic. During Black Friday, they are also around 150 €. The surveillance is good and the visual impact is satisfactory even if, it must be said, the controllers are not exactly excellent. The biggest problem is that the amount of specimens available is so small that it is difficult to find one of these helmets at an adequate price.
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For more details, click on the viewer you are interested in from the list below and find out everything you need to know:

  • Valve index: specifications, information and price

  • HTC Vive Pro: specifications, information and price

  • HTC Cosmos: specifications, information and price

  • Oculus Rift S: specifications, information and price

  • Oculus Quest: specifications, information and price

  • Windows Mixed Reality: specifications, information and price

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