The Half-Life 2: VR Mod beta makes the classic shooter fully playable in VR

The Half-Life 2: VR Mod beta makes the classic shooter fully playable in VR

Valve''s first-person shooter series could be effective in virtual reality, but who knows when Valve will release another one. Fortunately some modders have taken the plunge to fill the gap. Half-Life: Alyx demonstrated that Valve''s first-person shooter version is now available on Steam. It''s now possible to play with a headset and motion controllers.

The modified, which is free for anyone who owns Half-Life 2, makes the game playable from beginning to end. You can use your hands to swing your crowbar, climb ladders, and to catch with Dog. When you bend over to pick up the can a Combine soldier, you''ll see a 3D hand floating in front of you as you grab it, and even without Alyx''s gravity gloves there''s a large "pickup" distance for grabing spilled weapons and ammo

Another modification in the technology is to enable virtual reality. For example, transferring weapons manually is done just like in Half-Life: Alyx, so that grabbing stored ammo from your shoulder, announcing a new magazine, and returning a bullet are all physical acts. Although this may be removed.

In VR, the mod is intended to be used as a room-scale experience, where you walk around your real area for adventure. There are currently no teleport-to-walk option, so you''ll have to have a second-person vehicle camera option.

I haven''t had a chance to get my headset out and try the mod yet, but it sounds like a really impressive package. It''s worth noting that it is in beta however, so you may encounter bugs.

If you want to give it a try, you may now download the mod from Steam.

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