GDC 2018: Half-Life 2 VR Is Getting Haptic Feedback With The Hardlight Suit

by Jamie Feltham • March 23rd, 2018

It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything about the much anticipated Half-Life 2 VR port being worked on by a group of fans, but this week haptic group HardlightVR confirmed some interesting news about the project.

The game will support the Hardlight haptic feedback suit that’s expected to start shipping this month. Just like having your very own HEV suit, you can pull on the device over your chest and arms to receive tactile feedback from every gunshot, explosion and head crab assault in Valve’s classic first-person shooter (FPS). The suit has 16 haptic feedback zones that target specific muscle groups for an immersive experience.

The suit itself costs $299 and will work with other VR games, including Vertigo Games’ Arizona Sunshine, which is being shown at GDC 2018 this week. The device also offers upper body tracking. It works with both the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.

As for Half-Life 2 VR, there’s still no word on when it will be ready for launch, though hopefully we’ll hear more news at some point this year.

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