Half-Life Alyx release time: Steam download size and first reviews confirmed

It's been over a decade since the last Half-Life game graced our screens.

Half-Life 2: Episode Two released on October 10, 2007 and ever since fans of the series have been patiently waiting for that next game.

News regarding a possible Half-Life 3 release has been slow, to say the least.

There were leaks at one stage for Half-Life 2: Episode Three concept art, but that was back in 2008 and Marc Laidlaw, a write for Valve on Half-Life for many years, has left extensive clues over the year.

But as many fans will know, a third episode or game, never came.

Thankfully, the long wait is nearly over, as Valve is preparing to launch Half-Life: Alyx later today.

The new VR only title will begin a new chapter, set between the events of Half-Life and Half-Life 2.

What time does Half-Life Alyx release on Steam?

The release date for Half:Life Alyx is today, March 23. But you need to wait a few more hours until you can start playing.

The game is not set to release and unlock for Steam players until 17:00 GMT.

For those reading this across the world, here are your release times for Half:Life Alyx based on your location:

  • Pacific Daylight Time – 10:00 AM – March 23
  • Eastern Daylight Time – 1:00 PM – March 23
  • GMT (London, United Kingdom) – 5:00 PM – March 23
  • Australian Eastern Daylight Time – 4:00 AM – March 24

What is the download size for Half-Life Alyx?

Download sizes for Half-Life: Alyx has been confirmed as 48GB for the pre-load.

However, that's just the uncompressed pre-load.

When the game is finally live, it will require 67.3GB of storage space.

As noted by kitguru.net, that's remarkably over ten times the file size of Half-Life 2.

What is the Half-Life Alyx system requirements?

To run Half-Life: Alyx you will require the following system requirements (on top of your choice of VR Headset):

  • OS: Windows 10
  • Processor: Core i5-7500 / Ryzen 5 1600
  • Memory: 12 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GTX 1060 / RX 580 – 6GB VRAM

Half-Life Alyx – First Reviews

The first Half-Life: Alyx review has been published as part of a wider 34-page cover feature with Edge Magazine.

We won't provide any quotes from the review, which should be hitting subscribers letterboxes any day now, but if you can leave the house to pick up a copy of the mag, you should have a read for yourself.

However, we will say the magazine scored Half-Life: Alyx an impressive 9/10.

More reviews for the game are expected to arrive later today when the review embargo lifts. This has been confirmed in a post by IGN who said they would be publishing their review on Monday, but without stating what time it arrives.

Stay tuned for more.

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