Will we get Half-Life: Alyx on Linux?



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41 thoughts on “Will we get Half-Life: Alyx on Linux?”

  • killian montgomery

    November 30, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    Index owner hear, Can recomend. I have played with Vive, Windows Mixed Reality and hands down the index wins. on the movement, there is an adjustment period to get use to smooth/continuous motion. Like sea leg's, VR legs. best advice is if smooth motion is making you feel queasy simply stop for how ever long it takes to stop feeling queasy plus maybe about half that time again and continue. i find that i tilt just sligly the dirction im moving as a way to help trick inner ear to an extent. Good Luck, Have Fun!

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  • Dewey Donovan

    November 30, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    Im excited to see how your Linux experience is. If I can play most of my games in VR with Linux I would switch in a heartbeat. I love the Index and its a great headset. You can play Golden Eye in the vr game Pavlov right now so its as simple as creating a lobby and having it downloaded from workshop. If I can play VRChat, Blade and Sorcery, Pistol Whip, Hotdog Horseshoes and Handgrenades, etc on Linux I would be so happy.

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  • Linus Jackson

    November 30, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    I just want to say that I bought a Steam Controller for $5 and I am super stoked about trying it out.

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  • l__________________

    November 30, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    There are people who stream with the valve index on Linux already (for example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TITNIq1sheU).
    As someone who has an Index, I have to disagree. I don't think that it will "release" for proton in favor of a Linux native port. It's source 2 and with the steaminput, steamruntime and vulkan there is literally no reason not to build a native version. The steamvr home stuff is source 2, uses steaminput and runs great natively. A valve employee told someone from gamingonlinux "unofficially" that there is no Linux listed because they have not yet determined the minimum requirements. Additionally, I think selling a headset with official Linux support and then not deliver the original content that is included in the purchase is kind of dumb and not very consequent. Gaben made it very clear what he thinks about the windows situation and his thoughts about Linux. And with how Valve works internally there is probably someone working on it before or after release. There is nobody who stops a group of employees from porting even if it's not the most viable solution from a business perspective.

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  • Karu

    November 30, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    "There's no way I'm going put Windows on a machine in my own home… that's insane"

    😂😂😂 Agreed

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  • DrDerpenstein DX

    November 30, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    PLEASE FOLLOW THIS STORY! Linux needs a VR pioneer into compatibility – especially for a new Half-Life release!

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  • Alby

    November 30, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    This isn't relevant to Half-Life Alyx, but Valve News Network also talked about the possibility of Steam having a cloud gaming service that competes with Stadia/Xcloud/etc. Imagine if those servers also ran Debian with Vulkan, but unlike Stadia, they wouldn't hoard these native ports for themselves.

    Why not? Valve already upstreams their code to projects like WINE and mesa.

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  • Cubi Mon

    November 30, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    But thalos principle is such a good game

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  • Nobody Important

    November 30, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    You know, Gardiner, I rag on you constantly but I actually like you.

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  • Gunnar Power

    November 30, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    Please do VR gaming in Linux

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  • Puretipz

    November 30, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    No oculus doesn't support linux they had support for linux but soon as facebook brought them they dropped it the only oculus headsets that work on linux atm are the og rift headset and some of the dev kits

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  • Puretipz

    November 30, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    With valve pushing for everything to have some linux support they will have it work with proton atleast

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  • Brian June

    November 30, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    For a linux user….. get Index…. "period"…. 😉

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  • WebFreak001

    November 30, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    talking about games?
    taking VR serious?
    supporting and playing wine/proton games?

    who are you and what have you done with Gardiner

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  • John Knight

    November 30, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    Unless they're making a major shift in strategy, I'd be very surprised if it wasn't eventually ported to Linux/SteamOS. They'd be shooting themselves in the foot if they didn't. The only way they wouldn't is if they were focusing 100% on Proton.

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  • Jouni Osmala

    November 30, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    1% of all steam users have VR headset. When you develop to a niche hardware. If we would assume that 1% of steam linux users would have headset then numbers don't add up for extra development/verification costs. This is sad state of small numbers, when I did quick research if I could make Linux only AND RTX only game, just calculated the numbers from steam and decided it wasn't viable idea in any circumstances, even for a single developer.

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  • Thomas Phillips

    November 30, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    It sucks that the Index is not available in NZ yet. Though it will cost an arm and a leg if it is released

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  • Thomas Phillips

    November 30, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    Rocking the Wendell shirt lol, will we see some more collabs in the future?

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  • Cyprian Guerra

    November 30, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    Aren't Campo Santo the guys who were trying to push their political agenda on people? Treating people on YouTube with copyright claims, etc.? They now work for Valve??

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  • buyBread

    November 30, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    cheat developers use the source sdk to make cheat software. that's the downside.

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  • Alkaris

    November 30, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    Because Source 2 is an upgrade from Source 1, it already has native compatibility for Linux support, which just means taking the code they already have and compiling the game for Linux.

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  • Fratm

    November 30, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    There are a couple other Linux Youtubers that are covering VR games.. I have done a few on my channel, and I've seen a couple others.

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  • Syed Mohammad Iqbal Al-Qudsi

    November 30, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    Yeah, you'll be for a while, then Copypasta XD

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  • Christopher Bricco

    November 30, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    When you eventually get the valve index because we all know you will more than likely pick up the valve index, I mean more content for your channel right? I would like to see the Collabera virtual desktop stuff.

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  • Azarilh

    November 30, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    I started playing Dark Souls Remastered on Linux with Proton and… well… It seems like it's even better than on windows. :V
    Except initially, there was some stuttering but, maybe because of a driver update, since the day after it was perfect.
    PS: I have played this game for 150+ hours on windows.

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  • Azarilh

    November 30, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    I still don't understand why on VR games the hands have to be Rayman's.

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  • Waitwhat469

    November 30, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    100% for you doing VR in linux!

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  • Billy

    November 30, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    We barely got another Half-Life game and you're already asking if we are getting it on Linux..? Windows barely got it haha…

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  • Booming

    November 30, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    My problem with the index is not about the pricetag you need to pay to get it. But a bigger apartment in which I can use such a thing is in the long run much more expensive than that one time price tag.

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  • Farewell VHS

    November 30, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    While I haven't played the Index, only the Vive, I suspect that the Index makes better or eliminates the full locomotion sickness because the Index is 120-144 hz vs the standard 90 and I've seen reports of people like Linus' wife now being able to play VR on the Index when they couldn't before!

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  • Cat Dendrite

    November 30, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    Half-Life and Portal were my childhood, especially all of their community-made mods and maps. Words cannot express how happy I am that this is being released. I would be even happier if it will support GNU/Linux, and I know it will be; it's Valve; no one is pushing GNU/Linux gaming more than them.

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  • Farewell VHS

    November 30, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    The current AAA flagship VR game is Asgard's Wrath, a 40+ hour RPG with sword fighting for the Oculus Rift on PC, but you can use ReVive to play it on non Oculus headsets, maybe even on Linux – not sure about that last part though.
    There's Also Boneworks, launching Dec 10 on Steam that was developed with the Valve Index. I don't know how long it is, but it will have a story and very cool fighting and shooting with finger tracking.

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  • Farewell VHS

    November 30, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    Sadly, Half Life:Alyx on Steam currently says Windows only, but you're right, there will likely be a surge of support and work with Proton to get it running great on Linux.
    It is sad though, there are more Steam VR users than there are Steam Linux users! VR at 1.03% and Linux at 0.83%. Still, Valve clearly thinks BOTH are the future with their heavy investments.

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  • Farewell VHS

    November 30, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    Hurry on the Valve Index, it's all sold out already EXCEPT the complete $1000 pack.
    Since if you buy even the $280 Index controllers, you also get Half Life: Alyx free.

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  • Sire DragonChester

    November 30, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    I just hope Valve continue push Linux and vulkan api 🙂 still wish they start and create OS from ground up. But that hopefully wishing. As for VR. Will have wait and see. Maybe this be one that actually move VR hardware

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  • Zamundaaa

    November 30, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    If you're exited about playing Jedi in VR then you're gonna have to try Blade&Sorcery. It works great on my Index on Manjaro with a rx 5700 XT, at least at 90Hz.
    The fixes for Proton are most likely not for Half Life: Alyx. They were because some players (like me) suddenly weren't able to play some games anymore, as Pavlov for example updated to a newer SteamVR version that Proton didn't support yet. I still have hope that HL:A is still coming for Linux, especially considering that Micheal from Phoronix wrote that he's unofficially been told that the min specs for Linux just haven't been filled out yet and that it showed Windows only because of that.
    If it's not supported natively but working great with Proton then it's OK but I'd still be disappointed.

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  • Darkey VilKulak

    November 30, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    I don't care if it's actually a native linux binary or some wine/proton emulation. If it works and it does it well, nobody cares about such things.

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  • The VR Gamer

    November 30, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    u will be the 1st do to linux gaming and VR. its info I have bean looking for. VR is what keeps me on windows the info u can bring to the VR would be epic

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  • Dr.Fr4nk3n5731n

    November 30, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    So Gardiner, will you buy an Index now?

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  • TheDarkKratoz

    November 30, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    It makes perfect sense that Alyx won't get a Linux binary. Proton is their project to get people to move to Linux while still playing their favourite Windows-only games, so why wouldn't they take the opportunity to show off how well it can work when it's been well supported. We already know that some developers (specifically, Hello Games with No Man's Sky) have been putting out fixes specifically for Proton users, hopefully they can continue to inspire other game developers to follow suit.

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  • Komodon

    November 30, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    The unfortunate thing is that motion smoothing doesnt work on linux 🙁

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