Now You Are Ready
I'm jealous of anyone playing Half-Life: Alyx on the flagship Valve Index headset, this is the ultimate way of playing the game and I can't wait to get my eyeballs, and fingers, into the VR headset and Valve Index controllers in Half-Life: Alyx.
If you want the ultimate gaming PC then you're going to want to grab an Intel Core i9-9900K or AMD Ryzen 7 3700X processor, 16GB of RAM, and a flagship NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti graphics card. Mix all of that and dip a crazy new Valve Index VR headset and you're going to experience what should culminate in the best gaming experience in VR, ever.
Half-Life: Alyx is shaping up to be the massive AAA game that we've needed for VR headsets to really be taken seriously, but you also don't need their own Valve Index to experience it. You can get an amazing VR experience from the HTC Vive Cosmos Elite and Oculus Rift S headsets and packages, and as I explained on the last page -- even second-hand VR headsets are an option.
Half-Life: Alyx launches on March 22 for the PC on all major VR headsets, I'll have some day one content up using the HTC Vive Cosmos Elite, and some performance benchmarks on the graphics cards suggested in this Buyers Guide for Half-Life: Alyx, too. Fun times ahead for the world of VR -- and as a huge life-long fan of Half-Life, I simply can't wait to play it.
Fun fact to finish off: I remember my parents driving me into the city (I was 15 at the time in 1998) to buy a physical copy of Half-Life. I still remember installing the original Half-Life and playing it for months on end. It was one of the best games of the 90s and something that influenced first-person shooters for decades to come.
Half-Life 2 was a gigantic follow-up and improved on the game in countless ways, and while Half-Life 3 isn't here, Half-Life: Alyx represents the next big leap in the Half-Life franchise with Valve pushing VR only. I can't wait to get into it on March 23.