Much like the recently released Half-Life 2 VR Mod, Valve is soon giving its blessings to another third-party project that this time brings VR support to the original Half-Life (1998).

Update (October 6th, 2022): Steam doesn’t show exact timing, so it appears HLVR will release in the evening on the 19th in the Americas while it will be early morning on the 20th in Vollmer’s native CET time zone. As many of our readers are based in North America, we’ve updated the headline to reflect this timing. The original article follows below:

Original Article (October 5th, 2022): If you’ve played Half-Life in VR before, it was probably thanks to the HLVR mod by Max Vollmer, who started back in 2017 to bring Valve’s iconic action-adventure shooter to the first wave of consumer VR headsets.

Now Vollmer is getting ready to launch HLVR on Steam starting October 20th. The mod is free, however it of course requires you to own a copy of Half-Life to play (i.e. not HL Source), which can be purchased for $10 by itself on Steam. You can also get it through a number of bundles that, thanks to dynamic bundle pricing, could nab you the game for even cheaper depending on what you already own.

Vollmer says the mod is “highly configurable and supports all past, present, and future VR hardware by utilizing SteamVR’s VR Input system.” It also allows you to play seated or standing, use free locomotion or teleport, touch buttons, grab levers, physically climb ladders, and melee baddies with every weapon in the game (especially the crowbar).

Check out the trailer below to see it in action:

The mod smooths some of the flatscreen game’s rough edges, with the addition of refined models and textures, however players can also enable a ‘Classic Mode’ which lets you experience the 1998-era graphics in all of their glory in VR.

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Vollmer says there’s a few areas that will be the focus of updates in the future, including:

  • Two-handed weapon handling
  • Gunstock configuration
  • Forward pulling with controllers while crouching
  • Stair/step-smoothing
  • Proper main and config menus in VR
  • Proper teleporter arc (following path of jumping player)

Half-Life VR Mod arrives on Steam on October 20th (see update), however if you can’t wait to mess around with it you can download Vollmer’s own installer and start harassing headcrabs with a crowbar right away.

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  • NL_VR

    Looking at the video on the steam page Dr Beef mod looks better.

    • ViRGiN

      and yet you say people will always choose the ‘best, pcvr’ version.
      see, not everything on pcvr is better than on quest.

      • NL_VR

        People will choose the best version.
        In this case its not the PCVR version :P

        • Tommy

          The Quest version will only look as good if the HD mods are installed.
          You also have to remember the amount of PC mods available for the hlvr version that’s not available on Lambda1vr on Quest.

          • NL_VR

            Well i dont know if people really care for hl mods today ;)
            Yes of course hd models are required.
            But I’m not just comparing the looks. Gameplay doesnt look as polished as LambdaVR1

        • ViRGiN

          *taps forehead*

    • Brian Elliott Tate

      They both have their strengths, but this version has a lot of specific things added that DrBeef’s fantastic port doesn’t have, like hand support. Being able to press buttons and open door with your hands. See your hands when your holding weapons. Better manual ladder climbing, higher res textures, etc. There’s a pretty long list of specific and unique things this mod has done for the VR experience (though DrBeef’s is still an absolute treat to play if you want to play just on standalone)

      • NL_VR

        Yes I believe you i was just comparing with the trailer on the steam page, it didn’t look as good.
        I did notice the manual buttons, doors and ladder.
        But I guess it was without HD models that’s why it “looks bad”

      • ViRGiN

        This man just calls out how lacking DrBeef port is, and then still claims it’s a “treat”. Dude don’t be so negative. These two versions can coexist.

  • Manochang

    Is this going to look better than the version on my Quest?

    • Tommy

      Natively, yes. However, I believe you can download the HD textures and HD models for the Lambda1vr version on Quest

      • NotMikeD

        …you can’t download and transfer files to folders on a Mac? I don’t have any experience with using SideQuest on a Mac myself, but I’m seriously doubting this would be a problem.

        • Tommy

          You can get Lambda1vr working on Mac but when you try to download the texture packs, it will crash on Mac. So as long as you’re OK playing the vanilla HL, you should be good to go.

  • All most of these mods need to be really special is VR implementation done as well as RE4 VR and some texture upgrades and the like on the same level as RE4 VR too–you know, actually properly updated for VR, but not to an absurd level that basically amounts to making an entirely new game–and they could be commercial titles imo.

  • ViRGiN

    So, after 18 year old game coming to PCVR, it’s time for 24 year old game to come to PCVR.

    Can’t wait for Wolfenstein 3D PCVR.

    • Brian Elliott Tate

      Why are you so negative all the time. Who hurt you? In what way do use the things you’re passionate about to help grow VR? Max’s favorite game is Half-Life and so they’ve spent years of their life–blood sweat and tears–to bring us full VR support for absolutely free. If that’s not for you, move on, but don’t ever put down someone’s labor of love for this community.

      • NL_VR

        Dont feed the trolls

      • ViRGiN

        What an incel! Stop getting triggered. Start a toxic-positivity vr community, or join an existing one like at reddit or thriseeker youtube channel, where everything and everyone is always positive about everything.

        If you want ot play HL1 in VR, go ahead and play it. But don’t even try to stop anyone from expressing any opinion, good or bad. Get adult!

  • Bumpy

    I replayed tons of HL and HL2 in their time. Even with VR, I’m not interested in playing more. I’d prefer to see new triple-A games enter VR instead.

    • execpro22

      Well thanks for that very informative and helpful comment. I was wondering if you were gonna play this or not.

  • GordonFreeman

    They should have done a VR patch for the new version of Half-Life Re-release from 2020 “Black Mesa” as this looks much nicer.

  • david vincent

    Still waiting for Black Mesa VR… One can hope…

  • Mike

    I’d honestly much prefer a vr mod for Black Mesa. half life is just too dated to be very immersive.