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Surprising Nobody, Half-Life: Alyx Will Have Index-Exclusive Content

As a multi-billion dollar corporation, Valve isn't entirely blind to the monetary benefits of exclusivity.

With the recently-announced Half Life: Alyx poised to reinvigorate both the long-dormant Half Life franchise and the slowly-languishing VR games market, it's almost altruistic that Valve chose to make the game compatible with so many different VR headsets. However, as a multi-billion dollar corporation, Valve isn't entirely blind to the monetary benefits of exclusivity, so they've offered some bonuses for anyone who has purchased their newest virtual-reality equipment, the Valve Index.

The biggest benefit, of course, is the fact that owning a Valve Index will get you a free copy of Half-Life: Alyx. That's a decent incentive for anyone who hasn't yet purchased a VR headset, though with prices of the Index ranging from $500 to $1000, it'd still be more budget-conscious to just shell out for an older headset like the Oculus Rift and buy a copy of the game separately.

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That's where the other incentives come in, of course. Valve has made a fortune off of hats, skins, and hats made out of skin, so they've turned back to cosmetics in hopes of luring more customers to their new VR platform.

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The most immediate benefit will be for players of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Valve has promised that purchasers of the Valve Index will recieve "Special Half-Life: Alyx-themed content" for the game. What, exactly, this content would be hasn't yet been specified. There will also be gun skins within Half Life: Alex that are exclusive to Index owners.

There will also be environments from Half Life: Alyx available to be explored in the SteamVR home space -- the functional main menu that VR players visit when they're not playing a game.

It remains to be seen whether this new prequel to Valve's most-iconic franchise will bring new gamers to the VR market, much less whether it'll inspire people to purchase the Valve Index. However, if anything has a chance of inspiring the masses to flock to VR, a new Half Life game seems like the safest bet.

Source: Gamespot

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