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Half-Life fever has gripped (some of) the globe. Following the announcement of the VR-exclusive Half-Life: Alyx last week, there are increasing reports of the Valve Index virtual reality headset selling out in some regions.
Considering the Valve Index is £459 to buy on its own, or £919 if you need to go all-in and get the headset, controllers, and base stations, it is no mean feat to sell out of such expensive hardware. This is fairly indicative of just how a big name title such as Half-Life: Alyx can single-handedly drive hardware sales.
It looks as if the availability of the Valve Index is now going to vary greatly by territory. At the time of writing all the different SKUs of the Valve Index are in stock here in the UK and will be delivered within 4-8 days. It’s not the same story everywhere, though, with plenty of countries such as the US and Canada showing a notification that the Valve Index is sold out. Have no fear though, it will be “Back in Stock” and Valve has said anyone in the States ordering a Valve Index can probably expect to receive it before December 25th.
The Valve Index is available for purchase in a grand total of 31 countries right now, including the US, Canada, Japan, and much of Europe. Sadly, it’s still not available everywhere though, most notably in China, Australia, Singapore, South America, Russia, and the entirety of Africa. The only real workaround to playing HL Alyx in these territories is to pick up another brand of VR headset, whether that be the Oculus Rift S or a Windows Mixed Reality headset.
Suffice to say, with the lofty price tag clearly not enough to put plenty of folks off from jumping into VR, we’re definitely not expecting a price drop for the Valve Index any time soon. In particular, the ramp up to Half-Life Alyx’s March launch is sure to be a busy one for new adopters of HMDs.
Has the announcement of Half-Life Alyx raised your interest in picking up a VR headset? Or is the price and hassle of a VR unit still not worth it? Let us know!