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Half-Life: Alyx Can Be Played Without VR

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During development, Valve actually decided to include a way to play Half-Life: Alyx without the need of a virtual reality headset. The developer-only mode was meant to fasten the development of the next chapter in the Half-Life franchise by allowing the developers to freely move around the environment at will.

The debug mode was then shipped — maybe accidentally — when Half-Life: Alyx launched a couple of days back. Valve has since then patched the non-virtual-reality mode out of the game. However, modders and dataminers have already unearthed a set of launch parameters and console commands to get that mode up and running. In other words, Half-Life: Alyx is already being played out there with traditional peripherals rather than bulky virtual reality headsets.

Speaking with Polygon in a recent interview, co-developer Robin Walker stated that modders will eventually create a non-virtual-reality mod for Half-Life: Alyx. However, that will…

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