If some still hope against all odds to discover the third episode of Half-Life 2, Valve continues to play with the expectations of the players, and today updates the main adventure, 17 years after its release.
The ancient and yet still legendary Half-Life 2 has just received a brand new update via a new beta version updated by the videographer Tyler mcvicker, who obviously deplores the absence of detailed notes concerning this interview. The finest sleuths will have guessed it: this update is intended to prepare for the arrival of Valve’s Streamdeck, and to facilitate the integration of the in-house catalog, which will now be displayed on a smaller screen, in 1280 by 800 pixels.
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If the videographer has already seen some improvements in the game, especially during Chapter 7 and the famous sequence of Highway 17, it is the interface that seems to have been the subject of all care:
The UI is the focal point of this beta, as is resizing the resolution. The idea is to make sure that Half-Life 2 adapts well to the somewhat odd ratio of the Steamdeck. The HUD is now unlocked, and now adapts to all proposed resolutions. The result shows elements much larger than what was previously offered outside of 4: 3 mode.
With this surprise update, Half-Life 2 therefore enters a certain form of modernity, and automatically offers a 110 ° field of view as well as an ultra-wide screen mode. Finally, the game is now compatible with the Vulkan interface, compatible with Linux, on which the Steamdeck operating system is based.
As McVicker suggests, the other titles developed by Valve should gradually be subject to other updates, and for good reason: the fastest and / or wealthy will receive their copy of Steam Deck in 64 GB, 256 GB or 512 version. Go from December 2021. The console billed respectively 419 euros, 549 euros and 679 euros had also been boned last week by Valve, just to play transparency. What will be the next house classic to take a spin on the Steam Deck? The bets are open !