Image: Max Vollmer
The Half-Life PC VR mod has been in development for five years. Now, with Valve’s blessing, it’s coming to Steam.
A few weeks after the successful launch of Half-Life 2: VR Mod, the first part from 1998 gets the same treatment: The Half-Life: VR Mod, developed by Max Vollmer, appears on Steam.
On October 4, Vollmer announced that Valve approved the Steam release. At the October 20 the VR mod goes online.
The publication on Steam simplifies the installation of the virtual reality mod, as a single click is enough. This lowers the barrier to entry and will add to the popularity of the VR mod. If you play Half-Life: VR Mod, you need the original.
Lots of VR features and better graphics
The PC VR mod is highly customizable via a separate HLVRConfig.exe and supports all VR hardware on the market, Vollmer writes.
Half-Life: VR Mod can be used standing or sitting, with fluid locomotion or teleport mechanics to play. she supports manual control, allowing you to swing Gordon’s crowbar, push buttons, pull levers and physically climb ladders. A more complete list of features is available on the official website.
The graphics have been improved and expanded here and there with help from other modders. We are talking about 6 DoF weapon models, high resolution textures and “great VR hands”. Half-Life: VR Mod also moves with the times, introducing female Black Mesa employees and new voiceovers.
If you prefer to play the pristine original, you can activate “Classic Mode” and play Half-Life with the 3D models and textures from 1998.
Half-Life PC VR Mod: Still in Development
Despite being released on Steam, Half-Life: VR Mod is still in beta status. Performance isn’t as good, and there are isolated bugs, Vollmer writes. But be the game playable from start to finish.
The mod developer wants to keep working on the PC VR mod, adding new features and fixing bugs. You can stay updated on his Discord server.
Max Vollmer’s Half-Life: VR Mod should not be confused with Lambda1VR, the VR mod that makes Half-Life playable natively, ie PC-less, on Meta Quest 1 & 2.
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