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Half-Life: Alyx's creators hint at more to come

by Willard Hagelthorn (2020-05-07)

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Mitchell: Throughout development, we've had people playing on all the different headsets. I think there might be some squeeze interactions, crushing of some objects, that are really incidental to the gameplay, that we have on some controllers, but not others, but by and large people are able to do everything. People have gotten used to the conventions that users of a particular type of controller have. We've even gone so far as supporting one controller for players that only have the use of one hand. We've kind of figured out all those mappings to be comfortable for people that are used to a particular set of conventions for their devices. We haven't had too much trouble mapping buttons.

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