Half-Life 2 gets the biggest patch in a few years

Seventeen years after its first release, Valve’s classic shooter Half-Life 2 has received some major updates, including increased FOV, Vulkan support, and long-standing bug fixes. The update has been quietly pushed to the beta branch of Half-Life 2. Players can opt in from Steam by selecting an option on the Game Properties tab.

As reported by PC Gamer, the new update has been picked up by YouTuber Tyler McVicker. He calls this the biggest update the game has had in at least 10 years.

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With this update, one of Valve’s most beloved games is most likely to run smoothly on the company’s next Steam Deck handheld PC, but it will make the game compatible with the latest gaming PCs. Also pays attention to. This patch increases the FOV limit to 110, pushes many bug fixes that may not have been addressed for years, and includes many UI fixes designed to support ultra-wide displays.

The new update also includes support for the Vulkan rendering API, which is highly compatible with Linux-based systems such as SteamDeck’s SteamOS. Valve’s Portal 2 was also updated earlier this year to support Vulkan. Also, other games in Valve’s library may be treated the same thanks to Steam Deck.

According to McVicker, the beta update still has some issues and isn’t ready for release yet. Still, curious players can check out the beta now by opting in from the Steam interface.

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