Eager to play Half-Life: Alyx on PSVR 2? We have some information for you!
The release date of PSVR 2 is fast approaching, and many fans are wondering if Half-Life: Alyx will be coming to the platform. After all, it is one of the best VR games ever made, so wouldn't it be fantastic if it became available on the PSVR 2?
In this article, we'll be taking a look at the situation surrounding this game, and whether or not we might be able to play Half-Life: Alyx on PSVR 2.
The relationship between Sony and Valve
There are a few complicating factors that might make it harder to envisage Half-Life: Alex coming to PSVR 2.
For a start, Valve clearly wants to be a leader in the VR space in their own right, as they released the Valve Index as their own version of a VR headset. So would they really want to hand over their crown jewels to a potential rival?
In addition, it has been stated before that Sony's software architecture makes it more difficult for developers. The work involved in making this game compatible with the PS5 and PSVR 2 could be too much.
Consider the fact that Valve hasn't released a game on a console since Counter-Strike: Global Offensive in 2012, and we can start to see some potential issues.
On the other hand...
There are though, some causes for hope. Back in 2020, when the game was first released, one of the designers confirmed that while the game was only being released on PC, to begin with, they haven't "ruled anything out".
In addition to this, there has been a slight thawing of the gaming Cold War in recent times. In 2020, Sony finally released PlayStation exclusive Horizon Zero Dawn on PC, through Valve's Steam platform. Also, another PlayStation exclusive, Returnal, is coming to Steam in February this year.
Could this have been the start of a new agreement between the two companies to start sharing AAA titles? And if so, you can be almost certain that Half-Life: Alyx would have been a part of the conversation.
While the PS4 may not have been powerful enough to run the game adequately, the hope is that the significantly more powerful PS5 would be able to cope with the demands of the game.
Will We See Half-Life: Alyx on PSVR 2?
PlayStation announced the PSVR 2 games list last week. PSVR 2 has more than 30 games at launch, but Half-Life: Alyx is not one of them. So, we can be sure that the game will not be available on PSVR 2 at launch.
But, will this amazing game be available on PSVR 2 in the future? The answer at this point: we don't know. But there are some signs for cautious optimism. We will have to wait and see.