One of the biggest points of discussion surrounding Half-Life: Alyx remains its development as a VR-exclusive title, given the series' PC and modding legacy.
Players who haven't jumped on the VR train are likely hoping for a Half-Life: Alyx non-VR mod further down the line. As tough a prospect as it is, Valve's own Robin Walker is also "looking forward" to such a mod being made.
Half-Life: Alyx Non-VR Mod
"[...] what I’m confident will happen is that when people get that butchered version, and they’ll have lost all the things that we’ll have got from moving to VR, they will then understand very clearly why we made that choice.", Walker told website Video Games Chronicle, talking about a potential non-VR mod for Half-Life: Alyx.
"There’s a part of me that’s eager for people to be able to have that experience and realise, 'oh, now I get it. Now I see everything we lost in that transition back to non-VR and I understand why they did it.'", he continued.
In the meantime, website PC Gamer has found a clip from Valve News Network founder Tyler McVicker's livestream in which he seems to have bumped into a way of playing Half-Life: Alyx without a VR headset.
While, initially, he was just moving around a small portion of one of Half-Life: Alyx's levels, inputting the vr_enable_fake_vr_test console command resulted in Alyx's hands popping up and a shot from his gun being fired.
This could be proof that a non-VR mod for Half-Life: Alyx, even if characterized by large amounts of jank, could pop up at some time in the future.
Half-Life: Alyx is available now on the Valve Index, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and Windows Mixed Reality headsets.