If you own a Valve Index, you are in for a real treat in the middle the week. On Wednesday, March 4th, Valve Index owners and soon-to-be Half-Life: Alyx owners will be given two new Home Environments for SteamVR. The game is just three weeks away from the official launch and the community couldn’t be getting more hyped for the potential game of the year.
The home environments for your Steam Store will automatically load in sometime during the 4th of March. Included with this released pre-order fans will also be getting new and improved gun skins when the game releases as well as some extra content in the counter-strike section of the game. There is a lot to unpack here, and we will be taking a deeper dive when the official pack is released on Wednesday.
COVID-19 Take Over
Even though the Valve Index has been sold out for the last few months, the company is still planning for a big game launch day. If you owned the Index before the end of 2019, you are going to be getting Half-Life: Alyx for free from Steam on the 23rd of March. If you didn’t own the Index before then, you likely don’t have one right now.
Because of the wide spreading of COVID-19, the production of VR hardware in 2020 has been very slim. The Index has been no exception. Valve is expecting these headsets to have some limited supply before the launch of the game. If that turns to be true, you’ll want to be notified when the headset finally goes on sale. To do that, go to the Steam store to buy the headset, and click on ‘Notify Me’ where you would usually buy the headset.
There have been some rumblings on Twitter about Valve possibly pushing the release of Half-Life: Alyx back. In the middle of all of these rumors, Valve doesn’t seem to be on that track. Even though they might be missing a big chunk of sales from their headset, they are still going to push this game out on time.
Valve is also going to miss out on game sales from people who wanted to buy the Index but never had the chance too. It will be interesting to see how this all plays out, but one thing is certain. Valve won’t be pushing this game back. For more VR news and community updates, make sure to check back at VRGear.com.