As preparations for the approaching Steam Deck launch proceed apace, Valve has quietly launched a beta replace for Half-Life 2 that rejuvenates its interface to make it extra accessible on the upcoming handheld—and on fashionable desktop shows.
The replace was observed and shared on Twitter by gabefollower—after all—who additionally offered directions on the right way to entry it. The replace hasn’t been absolutely rolled out at this level, so you may want to leap into Half-Life 2’s properties in Steam (right-click Half-Life 2 in your Steam library, then left-click “properties” within the pop-up menu), hit the “Betas” tab, after which choose “beta updates” from the dropdown. You may additionally want so as to add “-gamepadui” (with out the quotes) to the “Launch choices” area within the common tab.
As soon as that is finished, fireplace up Half-Life 2 and you may discover a few large modifications. Steam Deck might be the primary impetus for the overhaul, nevertheless it’s a boon for anybody on a 4K show too. I hadn’t realized this (it has been ages since I’ve performed Half-Life 2) however the inventory interface is borderline unusable on fashionable screens:
The brand new look is rather more sensible:
Gabefollower additionally prompt that the replace itself was both made by someone in the modding community, or that somebody from the neighborhood “helped Valve wrap it up.” No names are given—gabefollower mentioned he is leaving it to the makers “to announce it themselves” in the event that they need to.
It looks as if that is made by somebody from neighborhood, or somebody from neighborhood helped Valve wrap it up, and I most likely know who 👀 https://t.co/dUTvbHj3xPJanuary 26, 2022
A recent search for a sport that is pushing 20 years previous is uncommon to say the least, and particularly one which holds such an vital place in gaming historical past. However this is not the primary latest replace to Half-Life 2 geared toward sprucing it up for each very small and really high-resolution shows: In October 2021, Valve rolled out a patch that increased the FOV cap, added ultrawide help to the UI, and glued some bugs.
Regardless of these updates, Half-Life 2 is just not presently among the many video games listed as Steam Deck verified, however that course of remains to be within the early phases. It’ll little doubt ramp up quickly: Valve introduced immediately that the Steam Deck will start transport on February 28.