'Half-Life: Alyx' Hype Ramps up as VR Headset Kits Sell out

Only one package of the Valve Index kit is left available.

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Half-Life: Alyx, the sequel to 1998’s smash first person shooter hit Half-Life, was announced earlier last week and it seems the hype is ramping up, as the necessary gaming headsets are apparently selling out extremely quickly.

Half-Life: Alyx will require the use of a Virtual Reality headset such as Steam’s own Valve Index in order to play, and early-adopting fans of the yet-to-be-released title are already snatching up the bundled kits to prepare. The unit — which features a high-resolution LCD output, off-ear audio speakers, highly adjustable ergonomics and mod-ability — has been touted as one of the best offerings for VR headsets and rates high among gaming reviewers and critics. For Half-Life: Alyx, the offered bundles come in $499 USD, $749 USD, and $999 USD variations — only the $999 USD premium package remains in stock at time of writing. While the game is slated for a March 2020 release, the sold-out headset packages are now labeled as “Back in Stock Soon” with no revealed restock date mentioned.

Furthermore, while it’s still in stock, the Valve Index $999 USD remaining bundle has been receiving such high demand that Steam states a pre-Christmas delivery date is no longer guaranteed. On the bright side, other VR headsets will be compatible with Half-Life: Alyx, such as the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Windows Mixed Reality and others.

Elsewhere in first person shooters, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare season 1 update will be the “biggest free content drop” in the franchise’s history.

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