Just three days have passed since the release of the latest game from the Half-Life universe. After all, so far both players and reviewers agree in their assessments – we received really good and original production. Let's be honest, virtual reality is still a song of the future. It requires both a relatively new and efficient computer as well as a special set of goggles, controllers and (possibly) tracking databases. However, if you dream of playing Half-Life: Alyx and you don't have a VR kit, nothing is lost! You can enjoy the game partly without it thanks to the hidden developer mode, and we show you how to do it. The whole operation is based on the built-in console and several commands.
The creators of Half-Life: Alyx emphasize that this is not the best way to interact with their child, because the game was created with virtual reality in mind. An ordinary monitor is not supposed to give the whole atmosphere – even some important animations are missing.
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Described today how to play Half-Life: Alyx without a VR kit is the official development mode that was used when creating the game. It was supposed to speed up the creation of subsequent areas and facilitate the repair of errors. It was mistakenly released with the final version of the production and discovered by Tyler McVicker from the Valve News Network, but quite quickly “patched” by Valve. However, as we all know, nothing that goes to the Internet in it is not lost. And thanks to the SteamDB website you can download an earlier version of the game and enjoy the new Half-Life at home. The creators of Alyx emphasize, however, that this is not the best way to interact with their child, because the game was created with virtual reality in mind. An ordinary monitor is not supposed to give the whole atmosphere – even some important animations are missing. Well, if you don't have what you like, you like what you have, right?
Where to start? First of all, you have to buy Half-Life: Alyx on Steam, even if you don't have a VR set. Then we need to get a slightly older version of the game, which allows us to SteamDB portal, which tracks the updates of all available games. How to do it?
- We enter the Half-Life subpage: Alyx on SteamDB, about HERE.
- We check the app ID of the game we are interested in, in this case Half-Life: Alyx.
- We go to the tab Dépôts. We check the ID depot we are interested in.
- In the same tab, we check and save the Manifest ID.
- We start the Steam console, for this you need to go to Start -> Run (or Win + R) -> Enter “steam: // open / console” and press Enter.
- In the Steam console we use the command: “download_depot
( ) ( ) ( ): download a single depot “in the right places by inserting the previously saved ID, i.e. app ID, depot ID and manifest ID in sequence.
- We are waiting for the download of the game, it will take a little talk about almost 70 GB of data.
- After installing Steam, it will show you where you downloaded the files.
- We go to the folder with Half-Life: Alyx installed, copy the downloaded files to it, check if the * .exe file has the correct name.
- We can now run the older version of the game using Steam.
It is worth remembering that each game update will force the whole operation from scratch. It's worth to save the downloaded files somewhere. What's next? Well, here we refer you to the movie of Tyler McVicker, which is available above. It is long, but you will find in it all the commands checked by him that will be necessary for a fairly comfortable game. The most important of them is “vr_enable_fake_vr_test” showing on the screen hands that in the normal version of the game correspond to controllers in the real world. After modifications, they will not be animated, but will allow interaction with the environment.
Source: Tyler McVicker, Reddit, SteamDB