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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.

Library
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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  • Arin 'Egoraptor' Hanson to Deliver PAX East 2019 Keynote

    Arin 'Egoraptor' Hanson to Deliver PAX East 2019 Keynote


    Arin Hanson, otherwise known as "Egoraptor" from his online animation days, will deliver the opening "Storytime" keynote for PAX East 2019. PAX East runs from March 28-31 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in Boston, MA.

    Hanson is a known voice actor, animator, and is the co-host and co-founder of Game Grumps, a popular YouTube channel in which he and Dan Avidan (Ninja Sex Party) play a bunch of games while chatting about pretty much anything that comes to mind. Game Grumps currently has over 5 million subscribers on YouTube. The two have done...
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  • Classic RTS S.W.I.N.E. is Getting an HD Remaster for PC, Coming this Spring


    The classic real-time strategy title, S.W.I.N.E., is getting an HD remaster for the PC. The new release is now appropriately called S.W.I.N.E. HD Remaster, and is targeting a release this Spring.

    The original game was released back in 2001 by StormRegion. The HD Remaster is being worked on by Kite Games, the same team behind Sudden Strike 4. If you desire, you can already add the game to your Steam wishlist.

    True to most modern HD remasters, this release will feature 16:9 support, better textures, anti-aliasing support, v-sync, screen selection, and a full-screen...
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  • Is VR going to change gambling?

    Is VR going to change gambling?


    VR technology has been quite a hot topic in the past couple of years. It went from a thing that you would think as a part of a cyberpunk movie to something you can buy at the price of an XBox.

    How is it changing the world of gambling today? Let’s find that out!

    How VR changed gaming
    Now, VR hasn’t made its big appearance in gambling just yet. The industry as a whole seems to be a year past the tip of technology, to be honest. So since we have a bit of time before VR changes gambling for good, let’s see how it changed gaming. This will help us learn what...
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  • Battlefield V 2019 Roadmap Reveals New Map Releases and New Theater of War

    Battlefield V 2019 Roadmap Reveals New Map Releases and New Theater of War

    DICE has finally provided the roadmap for Battlefield V through Fall 2019. Included in this roadmap are mentions of new maps, which look to begin in May, and a new theater of war. Given the name of the new theater, Awakening the Giant, slated for Fall 2019, is the upcoming theater of war.

    Given the title of that new theater, I think it's safe to say that they're referencing the United States. This is based off of the famous quote from Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto in reference to the United States following the attack on Pearl Harbor by Japan.



    If there's...
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  • Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 Announced, Pre-orders Available Now

    Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 Announced, Pre-orders Available Now


    After multiple weeks and a few months of teases, including a long running ARG surrounding a dating app called Tinder, we now have an official announcement of Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2. Paradox Interactive made the big reveal just moments ago via a GDC party. The party was "supposed" to be for a new Tinder reveal but thanks to some unintentionally cheesy live-action role playing, it turned out to be a big reveal for Bloodlines 2.

    This is a direct sequel to the previous title that came out back in 2004 on the very same day that Half-Life 2 was released....
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  • Valve Finally Shows Off New Steam UI Overhaul

    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.

    Library
    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...
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  • Life is Strange 2 Episode 3 Releases in May, Episodes 4 and 5 Dated

    Life is Strange 2 Episode 3 Releases in May, Episodes 4 and 5 Dated

    The third episode for Life is Strange 2 will be released on May 9. Square Enix and DONTNOD announced that Episode 3, "Wastelands," will hit the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on this date.

    Beyond this new reveal, the two studios also wanted to toss out the release dates for both Episode 4 and Episode 5.

    Episode 4 will be released on August 22, while Episode 5 will be released on December 3. ...
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  • New Hitman 2 Sniper Assassin Map Takes You to Singapore

    New Hitman 2 Sniper Assassin Map Takes You to Singapore


    WBIE and IO Interactive just announced that a new map is being added to the Sniper Assassin mode for Hitman 2. The new map will take players to Singapore. It will be released on March 26.

    A new trailer was even released today that shows off some of the ins and outs of the map that they're calling "Hantu Port Sniper Assassin Map." The map will take players "to a container yard set on the island of Singapore where Han Ldong and his wife have been kidnapped by a group of highly skilled criminals known as the Heavenly Guard."

    Play the map along...
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  • Kotal Kahn Revealed as Latest Mortal Kombat 11 Fighter

    Kotal Kahn Revealed as Latest Mortal Kombat 11 Fighter


    WBIE and NetherRealm revealed yet another addition to the Mortal Kombat 11 playable roster today. That new character is none other than Kotal Kahn. "Who?!" I hear you ask. Well, I'll tell you.

    Kotal Kahn is an "Osh-Tekk warrior and Emperor of Outworld."

    And that's your explanation. Look for Mortal Kombat 11 on March 28 for the beta and April 23 for the full release of the game on PS4, XB1, Switch, and PC.

    Oh, you wanted to know more? Fine. Enjoy this full bio, trailer, and screenshots for Kotal Kahn.



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  • Nintendo Embraces Indie - Cuphead, Darkwood, a Dancing Zelda, and More Revealed Today for Switch


    Are you ready for the invasion of the Indies on the Nintendo Switch? Earlier today, a new Nindies Showcase for Spring 2019 outlined a good number of independent developed titles that are coming soon to the portable console otherwise known as the Switch.

    Some of the highlights in today's announcement include Cuphead from Studio MDHR. This one will be out on April 18. In addition, Cadence of Hyrule - Crypt of the NecroDancer Featuring the Legend of Zelda was also announced today. This rhythm-action title takes its catchy tunes to Hyrule and features playable Link and Princess...
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  • Oculus Rift S VR Headset Announced - More of a Lateral Move Than an Upgrade

    Oculus Rift S VR Headset Announced - More of a Lateral Move Than an Upgrade


    Today at GDC, Facebook announced a new version of their Oculus Rift headset that they're simply calling the Oculus Rift S. They announced a $399 (USD) price point for the device that will start shipping later this Spring.

    On paper, the headset sounds like a decent device. It features an LCD 2560x1440 panel (1280x1440 per eye), better pixel density compared to the Rift, updated lenses, an 80Hz refresh rate, updated Oculus Touch controllers (functionally the same as the old ones), an adjustable halo strap similar to PlayStation VR.

    It also features inside-out tracking,...
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