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Half-Life: Alyx – the bomb! Choosing a VR helmet for your pocket

14.04.2020 0 Comments

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<p>From the most expensive to the most affordable.</p> 

<p>On March 23, 2020, what happened was what the entire gaming world had been waiting for 13 years – a new part of Half-Life was released. True, the new Half-Life: Alyx is only for virtual reality helmets. Already successful observers and players outside of themselves, the game turned out to be truly breakthrough and taking VR to a new level. The game’s ratings speak best: critics from the Metacritic aggregator rated the new product 92 points out of 100 possible, and players 8.7 out of 10.</p>
<p>What VR helmet can I buy in order to get through Half-Life: Alyx personally, and not on YouTube? This collection has collected the best options for any wallet (there is even a budget version). All helmets are selected taking into account the important condition – to play in Half-Life: Alyx on them should be fully and with pleasure.</p> 

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If there is a lot of money – Valve Index

Valve Index is the best VR helmet on the market right now. Valve released before the announcement of Half-Life: Alyx helmet has two high-quality LCDs with a refresh rate of up to 144 Hz with a response speed similar to that of gaming monitors and finger-tracking controllers, opening up unique possibilities in games in virtual reality. For example, you can take objects with your fingers, open the doors, reload weapons by changing the store in kind, etc.

Half-Life: Alyx has blown up the Internet! Choosing a VR helmet for your pocket

Valve Index is good for everyone except price and availability. Rare new batches of Valve Index sold out in a matter of hours. The situation is aggravated by the fact that in Russia the helmet is not officially sold. You need to buy it from "gray" retailers.

The price is serious – about 180 thousand rubles for a complete set with base stations and controllers.

If you just have a lot of money – HTC Vive Pro

HTC Vive Pro is the flagship VR helmet from HTC, which is the only one among the leading manufacturers officially working in Russia. This means that you can buy a helmet not at outbids, without a giant margin. Although, in fairness, the margin compared to the American prices for HTC helmets in Russia is quite solid and in official retail.

Half-Life: Alyx has blown up the Internet! Choosing a VR helmet for your pocket

HTC Vive Pro is equipped with two AMOLED screens with the highest pixel density of 615 ppi (resolution 2880 × 1600) and a refresh rate of 90 Hz. Vive Pro uses base stations to track 360 degrees of space. On the one hand, this is a big plus, on the other – it requires a lot of free space in the room. In this regard, HTC Vive Pro is a choice not only for those who can afford a helmet, but also for those who have enough free space in an apartment or at home.

The price of Vive Pro in Russia is 99,990 rubles for a full set with controllers and base stations.

The best option for the average price – HTC Vive Cosmos

HTC Vive Cosmos – one of the best helmets in terms of price-quality ratio, which is suitable even for small rooms. The main feature of the helmet is that the VGA cameras built into the helmet are responsible for tracking the user's movements: four in front and two on the sides.

Simply put, to fully immerse yourself in the world of virtual reality, including walking around City 17 as an Alix, you will succeed without installing base stations and carefully choosing a site for the game. Free space, of course, will still be needed – you need to play standing up.

By the way, after the purchase of Cosmos it will be possible to upgrade. The front panel on the helmet is changing. You can buy a panel with support for base stations, buy the stations themselves and thereby improve the recognition of controllers. In addition, Cosmos can even connect the very innovative Valve Index controllers with finger recognition. In general, it is nice that the helmet can be improved over time if desired, even if it is not cheap.

According to the specifications, HTC Vive Cosmos is in full order: OLED screens with a resolution of 1440 × 1700 and a refresh rate of 90 Hz.

Price HTC Vive Cosmos in Russia – 65 990 rubles.

Best budget option for Half-Life: Alyx – Samsung HMD Odyssey +

Among less expensive VR helmets, quality support for Half-Life: Alyx, the most advanced VR game at the moment, is only found in the Samsung HMD Odyssey +. This is the conclusion of Tested YouTube channel observers who tested Alyx on the eight most popular VR helmets back in December last year.

The main thing you need to know about the Samsung HMD Odyssey + is the Windows Mixed Reality VR helmet. The advantage of such headsets is accessibility, the disadvantages of worsened tracking of hands in games, it is noticeably limited compared to more expensive models. Nevertheless, as the same Tested reviewers mentioned, playing Alyx on such a helmet is a great pleasure.

Samsung HMD Odyssey + is equipped with two AMOLED screens with a resolution of 1440 × 1600 pixels and a refresh rate of 90 Hz. Unlike analogs, the headset also has a filter to reduce the visibility of the crystal grid for greater immersion. User actions are monitored using cameras built into the helmet body – there are no base stations.

You can buy Samsung HMD Odyssey + in Russia at a price of 35 000 rubles.

Where's the Oculus Rift S?

Widely known to the masses, the Rift S is an excellent helmet, which supposedly should be sold at a very affordable price. Abroad it is – its price starts at $ 400, which is quite normal. In Russia, a helmet is really expensive – it’s much better to buy a much more advanced Cosmos.

The price of Rift S almost doubled due to a jump in the dollar in March. Now for it you need to give already 70 thousand – this is a lot for a helmet of this level.

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