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Valve Finally Shows Off New Steam UI Overhaul

An update to the Steam user interface and library has been in the works at Valve for years now. Today, the company finally feels comfortable enough to show off their Steam UI overhaul and did just that during a presentation at GDC 2019. I'd like to first thank Game Informer and PC Gamer (and again) for a lot of the information and screenshots you'll see below.

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First up, let's talk about the changes coming to how your Library will look and function with this new update. The Friends list is now integrated into a column on the right side. No idea if this is an optional...
 

The Outer Worlds, Remedy's Control, Detroit: Become Human, and More Announced as Epic Games Store Timed Exclusives


As part of today's GDC presentation, Epic Games announced a number of timed exclusives that are coming first to the Epic Games Store. Among these games are The Outer Worlds, Control from Remedy Entertainment, and even some PlayStation 4 exclusives like Detroit: Become Human from Quantic Dream.

Some of these titles, such as The Outer Worlds, will also appear on the Microsoft Store for Windows 10. I guess this just lends more confirmation that Epic is less about purchasing exclusives and more about simply paying companies to keep their games off of Steam. Consumers should not...
 

System Shock 3 GDC Teaser


As part of the Unity keynote at GDC 2019, a new teaser trailer for System Shock 3 was shown off. I suppose that also confirms that System Shock 3 is being built on Unity. I think that was already known prior to this? Perhaps not.

The game is currently in development from OtherSide Entertainment. A release date for the horror title is not yet known. ...
 

Nvidia Announces Real-time Ray Tracing for Older GTX Cards


Nvidia just announced today that they are bringing real-time ray tracing to their GTX lineup of cards. This support will begin with a driver update currently slated for some time in April.

Get ready to have your framerates destroyed. Think about it this way: Nvidia's RTX cards have special hardware that is dedicated to handling the load of real-time ray tracing. Even with this special hardware, enabling real-time ray tracing still destroys framerates on these new cards.

Now they're going to add support for it on to their older cards? It will certainly make your...
 

Epic Games Launcher Allegedly Scrapes Local Steam Data Prior to Granting Consent, Epic Responds

Earlier today, Reddit user PhoenixPoint and ResetEra member Madjoki found out that the Epic Games Launcher may be collecting your Steam history at startup. As part of their investigation, they found that at startup, the Epic Games Launcher searches your local computer for a Steam install. If it finds that Steam is installed, it then apparently proceeds to pull a list of files typically stored in your Steam Cloud. This data includes game saves for all users that have logged in to Steam on your computer.

Madjoki also found that it pulls a list of your Steam friends and their name history....
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  • Battlefield 5 'Firestorm' Battle Royale Reveal Trailer and First Details

    Battlefield 5 'Firestorm' Battle Royale Reveal Trailer and First Details


    The upcoming battle royale mode for Battlefield 5 was finally revealed today thanks to an all-new trailer. The trailer doesn't show actual gameplay, but it does offer an "in-engine" look at some of the antics you and your crew will get up to.

    I suppose I should preface this by saying Firestorm is the name of this new mode. It's slated to be added to Battlefield 5, free of charge to everyone that owns the game, on March 25.

    Firestorm finds 64 players battling it out to be the last one standing in a match. The map size is said to be "ten times larger...
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  • DICE Buffs Shotguns in March 5 Update for Battlefield 5

    DICE Buffs Shotguns in March 5 Update for Battlefield 5


    DICE has already provided the patch notes for the Battlefield V update that is scheduled to be released on Tuesday, March 5. This is "Update #4" for Battlefield V Tides of War Chapter 2: Lightning Strikes. Yeah, their naming conventions on these updates are a bit annoying, I agree.

    Of the changes included in this update, we're going to see an overall buff to the shotguns in the game. DICE somehow came to the conclusion that they were now weaker than SMGs? I, uh, hm... well, that's one way to look at it. You can either read the changes via this PDF link from DICE...
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  • Battlefield 5 Adds Combined Arms Co-op, Balancing, and More in Tomorrow's Update


    A patch that is tentatively slated to be released tomorrow, February 12, will add in some new content and features for Battlefield 5 players. Some of these new features include a four-player co-op game mode called Combined Arms. The update will also add in DLSS support and better RTX support for those using supported cards.

    DLSS is a new technology that, in simple terms, makes the game look better and perform better through machine learning. It's mainly useful for resolutions at 4K or better and should, in theory, constantly result in better performance and near identical...
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  • EA Apparently Blames Weak Battlefield V Sales on Prioritizing Campaign Over Battle Royale


    Just when you thought the general rabble about Battlefield V was finally quieting down, EA released their Q3 2019 financials to investors today. In doing so, EA's top brass say that Battlefield V sold roughly 1 million units below expectations because development prioritized a single player campaign over getting a battle royale mode ready for launch.

    To its credit, Battlefield V still sold 7.3 million units across all platforms, but it's still considered underperforming according to EA's expectations. This disappointment was conveyed today by EA CEO Andrew Wilson.
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  • Battlefield V's Latest Update Improves Panzerstorm Map, Reduces Footstep Sounds, and More

    The second part of the "Lightning Strikes" update for Battlefield V has finally arrived. With it comes a bunch of much needed improvements to the Panzerstorm map alongside some new gear, gameplay tweaks, and more.

    The first half of this Lightning Strikes update went live earlier this month. In that update, DICE upped the volume of footsteps to a very, very audible degree. Some may say that they increased it a bit too much. I am one such person. In fact, it seems as though most people thought that the footsteps of enemies were far too loud following that update, because DICE...
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  • Massive Battlefield V Chapter 2: Lightning Strikes Update Coming January 15

    Massive Battlefield V Chapter 2: Lightning Strikes Update Coming January 15


    The second chapter in the ongoing Battlefield V "Tides of War" evolving journey is finally here. Earlier today, DICE and EA rolled out the changelog for Chapter 2: Lightning Strikes and with it comes a few new pieces of content, some gameplay adjustments, and more.

    Please note that this update will not be out until January 15 at 4AM (ET) for PC, 5AM for PlayStation 4, and 6AM for the Xbox One.

    We're looking at three new weapons, two new tanks, the addition of Squad Conquest, and some changes for the pesky little thing called "death" in the...
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  • Battlefield 5 is Now Available... Again

    Battlefield 5 is Now Available... Again

    The release for Battlefield 5 is here!... Again!... For the fourth time!

    It's November 20th which means it's time for Battlefield 5 Standard Edition to be released. This comes after the Deluxe Edition was released on November 15, which came after the Origin Access Premier release on November 9th, which came on the same day as the Origin Access and EA Access early release that allowed you to play for 10 hours.

    Needlessly staggered release schedule aside, Battlefield 5 is now out for everyone to pick up and play provided you play on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, or PC via Origin.
    Battlefield V gives fans the chance to play the untold stories and
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  • Battlefield V is Now the First Game to Support Ray Tracing

    Battlefield V is Now the First Game to Support Ray Tracing

    With today's update to the game, Battlefield V is now the first game out there to support DirectX's real-time ray tracing (DXR). If you own an Nvidia 20xx card, you may want to check it out for yourself. Or maybe don't, because the performance hit is, to put it mildly, massive.
    So, what is ray tracing? Essentially, an algorithm traces the path of light from many different viewpoints and simulates the way it interacts with 3D objects in the scene. As the ray moves through the scene it accumulates color and light information along the way from all objects it encounters. These interactions are then combined to produce the final color of a pixel, that will be displayed on screen. Tracing from smooth surfaces like windows, ca
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  • These Are the Maps Shipping with Battlefield V

    These Are the Maps Shipping with Battlefield V

    A trailer showing off the maps launching with Battlefield V was released today courtesy of DICE and EA.

    Battlefield V is still slated to be released on November 20, November 15 for the Deluxe Edition or November 9 for Access subscribers.

    You can get more details about each map by clicking any of the map names below.

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  • Battlefield V Battle Royale Mode Won't Be Out Until March 2019

    Battlefield V Battle Royale Mode Won't Be Out Until March 2019

    According to the just released Battlefield V roadmap, the battle royale mode for the game won't be released until at least March 2019. Talk about just handing the "W" to Treyarch and Activision with their Blackout mode in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. By the time March rolls around, Blackout will have had a solid five months to be refined and handle customer feedback.
    Battle Royale comes to Battlefield with Firestorm and the war reaches Greece as the third Tides of War chapter is unleashed in the Spring.

    Firestorm:
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  • Battlefield V Single Player Trailer

    Battlefield V Single Player Trailer

    EA and DICE just released the official single player trailer for Battlefield V. This new trailer gives us a tiny glimpse of the campaign that players will get to experience for themselves come November 20.
    Discover the untold stories of World War 2 with Battlefield V's single player War Stories. In Nordlys, resist German occupation in Norway, sabotage behind enemy lines as an unlikely English soldier in Under No Flag, fight for a home you've never seen in Tirailleur, and in The Last Tiger (available in December) join the crew of a Tiger I as they question why they fight.

    Don't forget that you ca...
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