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Half-Life: Alyx is available for preload now

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There's a new Half-Life game coming out in two days, on Monday, March 23. It's really happening! To prove that it's really happening and that, no, you don't need someone to pinch your cheek to wake you up from a dream, Valve has opened up preloads of Half-Life: Alyx on Steam.

If you have a VR headset all ready to go for Monday, grab the preload now to avoid any server overload issues on Monday. The Half-Life Alyx download is 48 gigabytes, but you'll need a 67.3 GB of free space on your drive to actually install it. That's big! For comparison's sake, Half-Life 2 is only 6.4 gigs.

Wes Fenlon

Wes has been covering games and hardware for more than 10 years, first at tech sites like The Wirecutter and Tested before joining the PC Gamer team in 2014. Wes plays a little bit of everything, but he'll always jump at the chance to cover emulation and Japanese games. When he's not obsessively optimizing and re-optimizing a tangle of conveyor belts in Satisfactory (it's really becoming a problem), he's probably playing a 20-year-old RPG or some opaque ASCII roguelike. With a focus on writing and editing features, he seeks out personal stories and in-depth histories from the corners of PC gaming and its niche communities. 50% pizza by volume (deep dish, to be specific).