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Half-Life 2 Sees Huge VR Update

Valve has issued a new update for its famed first-person shooter (FPS), Half-Life 2, improving the virtual reality (VR) support for the popular title. The videogame already features full support for the Oculus Rift VR headset but has now improved that support with tweaks, upgrades and added compatibility. The update concerns all Half-Life 2 releases including the Half-Lie 2 Lost Coast, Half-Life 2 Episode 1, Half-Life 2 Episode 2 expansions.

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One of the biggest features of the update is VR support for Half-Life: Source, the fan-made remake of the original Half-Life that uses its sequels improved engine. Support for VR mode on Linux has also been added. Players can also now drop in and out of VR mode without having to quite the title in the first place. The title can also now be taken out of full screen mode in VR to a boarderless window instead.

In terms of gameplay, Valve has improved the readability of the title’s user interface (UI) in VR. There’s also a fix for a bug that was preventing some players progressing in the Route Kanal section of the campaign. The title has also been made more compatible with the Oculus Rift software development kit (SDK), removing the IPD calibration tool.

While this is an official update for Half-Life 2, Valve isn’t the only developer making changes to the title’s VR compatibility. Another group is modding the title to feature support for the Razer Hydra motion controller. VRFocus will continue to follow the progress of the title in VR and report back with all the latest updates.