Check out Half-Life: Alyx being played without VR

On a livestream, Twitch livestreamer and Valve News Network founder Tyler McVicker discovered that you can move around freely in Half-Life: Alyx by using mouse and keyboard instead of Vr tech while datamining the game’s files and messing around with the code. Soon after, he discovered the “vr_enable_fake_vr_test” console command, and when he entered it Alyx’s hands popped up on the screen, allowing him to fire her gun without any VR gear. You can watch the clip below:

This is huge, as it shows that Half-Life: Alyx has basic support for moving and shooting with mouse and keyboard. This discovery comes only a day after a comment from Valve’s Robin Walker that he’s “looking forward” to seeing the game being modded so that it can be played with mouse and keyboard; if modders can take advantage of the basic working controls that are already present in the files, he may not have to wait long.

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Sadly, the console command doesn’t enable any advanced functionality, such as moving objects around in the world. Still, though, it’s exciting to think that the foundations for a modded version of Half-Life: Alyx that removes the VR requirement exist. We can’t wait to see what happens next.

Half-Life: Alyx is available on PC via Steam for $60.

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