Today’s tech news: Valve unveils VR- Exclusive games

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Valve has finally dropped the first trailer of Half-Life: Alyx, a new VR-exclusive game that carries forward the Half-Life franchise. 

Right after announcing Half-Life: Alyx, already one of the most anticipated VR games of all time, Valve has confirmed plans to bring its Index headset and controllers to other countries, starting with Canada and Japan today. The $999 Index is already available in the US and Europe.

Alyx won’t require a Valve Index, but the company’s own VR headset is likely to provide the most high-end experience available. It’s also unclear to what degree the game might be optimized for Valve’s Index controllers, which offer better individual finger sensing than most competitors.

Alyx will be a free download for all Index owners, while people who buy the headset before the end of the year will get access to in-game cosmetic items and locations that can be explored through Steam VR Destinations.

Valve has also revealed the PC requirements for Half-Life: Alyx. Just to be clear, you’ll first have to buy a VR headset to play the game, if you already don’t have one. And then, you might have to upgrade your PC if it doesn’t match the minimum hardware requirements specified by Valve. Here are the minimum system requirements for Half-Life: Alyx-

Operating System: Windows 10

Processor: Core i5-7500 / Ryzen 5 1600

Memory: 12 GB RAM

Graphics: GTX 1060 / RX 580 – 6GB VRAM

You can check more details about Half-Life: Alyx on the game’s Steam listing page here. But there is some good news for Half-Life fans who would want Valve to continue the series after the debut of Half-Life: Alyx. “Of course, we’ll have to wait and see how people react to Half-Life: Alyx once it’s out, but we’d love to continue pushing forward”, Valve’s David Speyrer tells was quoted as saying by The Verge. So yes, there are chances that we might see the Half-Life series expand further.