The new Half-Life: Alyx game seems to be the killer app of Valve Index, as it is out of stock in several regions.
The recently announced Half-Life title is going to be a VR game that many people got to try before it got even announced. One of them is the head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, who recently said that the Xbox Project Scarlett isn’t going to focus on virtual reality – it might „eventually” happen. (We wrote about it before in detail.) „I don’t think the issue is Xbox focusing on building up their games’ line-up, it was the way VR was dismissed as a novelty not worth pursuing when it’s clear that there is a huge AAA investment by Valve/Sony/Oculus. In my opinion, just say it’s not our focus now but we’re leaving the door open,” a critical Twitter user wrote. Spencer has responded with the following: „Fair feedback. I’ve said publically, I love how our industry has pioneered: AI, physics, 3D, RT, VR/AR etc. For us, it’s about „focus on our innovations” right now. I’ve played some great VR games, I got to play HL: Alyx in the summer, amazing. It’s just not our focus with [the Xbox Project] Scarlett.”
Meanwhile, it seems Half-Life: Alyx has boosted the Valve Index’ sales – on the American, Canadian (and, for some reason, the Italian) Steam stores, the high-end (and thus, expensive, as it costs a thousand dollars) VR headset is sold out. According to Road to VR, it’s because of Valve’s new game: when the headset launched in June, the Valve Index was shipped immediately, but now, it’s not that easy. On the UK Steam store, each Valve Index Kit is available – that is the all-in-one package to enter the world of VR, but even here, due to high demand, it might not be shipped before December 25.
So Half-Life: Alyx, which is launching in March, might be a killer app amongst VR titles, boosting the Valve Index’ sales in the process.
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