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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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  • Modbox Physics Sandbox for the HTC Vive

    Modbox Physics Sandbox for the HTC Vive

    Picture in your mind Garry's Mod. Got that in your mind? Think about all of the things you can do in that game. It's a lot, right? Right! Now imagine a game that takes that idea and puts it into virtual reality and you now have Modbox.

    Modbox is a "VR physics sandbox game" that is coming in early 2016 for the HTC Vive.

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  • Damage Control - Valve Nerfs the R8 Revolver in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

    It took just a few days, but Valve has scaled back the insane damage on the R8 Revolver that appeared in the big update this past Tuesday. Valve admitted that they really screwed up with this one and are trying to make things right.
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  • Major Steam Controller Update Highlights - Joystick Mode, Mouse Regions, Touch Menu, and More

    Tonight, Valve offered up highlights for the major new features to hit the Steam Controller in the past month, and a couple that are just around the corner. They have added so many features to the Steam Controller that the ones mentioned in the headline weren't even half of the new features. Hell, they even put up a special page on Steam just for the highlights of the new additions to the Controller. We're talking about how gyro aiming has redefined aiming in games. They talk about the new joystick mode that mimics mouse movement for games that lack simultaneous mouse and gamepad inputs. There are new mouse regions, a new touch menu, the ability to take your custom configurations with you on the go, the ability to bring up the keyboard at any time (useful for HTPCs), a controller HUD, and even a way to share and utilize Steam Controller configurations for non-Steam games. ...
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  • Peter Moore Steps Down as EA COO to Lead New Competitive Gaming Division

    Peter Moore Steps Down as EA COO to Lead New Competitive Gaming Division

    Peter Moore is stepping down as the COO of Electronic Arts in order to be the new "Chief Competition Officer" for EA's new push into eSports. EA is organizing a group that will focus solely on eSports. They're calling it the EA Competitive Gaming Division (CGD).

    Andrew Wilson made some public statements today concerning the CGD.
    "As the latest step in our journey to put our players first, this group will enable global eSports competitions in our biggest franchises including FIFA, Madden NFL, Battlefield and more," Wilson said, adding, "EA's CGD will seek to build a best-in-class program to centralize our efforts with new events,
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  • Free Dying Light #DrinkForDLC Content Revealed

    Free Dying Light #DrinkForDLC Content Revealed

    Techland just revealed what free content Dying Light fans can expect from the educational joke turned real DLC in the upcoming #DrinkForDLC content release. It's a series of new parkour challenges, a quest, and more that challenge you to beat them or "get wet trying." Seems like win-win to me.
    Earlier this year Techland started a health-oriented campaign on social media under the hashtag #DrinkForDLC, encouraging people to drink water and stay hydrated. The fan response exceeded all expectations: the hashtag reached more than 15 million people and resulted in over 15 000 creative photos and videos of fans drinking water, not counting other expressions
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  • Executives and Other Criminals GTA Online Update - Command a Mob from the Comfort of your Yacht

    Rockstar Games just provided the first details on their next big Grand Theft Auto Online update. It's full of luxury yachts, customizable apartments, new housing options, new cars, new jobs, and much more.

    The "Executives and Other Criminals" update is coming as a free update on December 15 on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
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  • Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 Walkthrough Trailer - Solo Play

    Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 Walkthrough Trailer - Solo Play

    A new gameplay trailer for Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 shows off some of the new "Solo Play" features of the game.
    Experience the game on your own terms in Solo Ops with the ability to select a full squad of four characters and swap between them at any point during a match. Use their individual abilities and unique strengths designed to conquer an objective, deal extra damage, or support the team to win the battle! As an added bonus, players can earn experience for each individual character for as long as they control them. Crazy Settings lets players turn their game into a richer and crazier experience in either Solo Play, or private
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  • XCOM 2 Retaliation Trailer, New Screens, and Digital Deluxe Edition Announcement

    2K and Firaxis made a few new announcements today concerning XCOM 2. First up is word of the XCOM 2 Digital Deluxe Edition of the game. This includes the game, a "Reinforcement Pack," and the digital soundtrack. The Digital Deluxe Edition will go for $74.99 (USD).
    The Reinforcement Pack includes the following:
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  • Counter-Strike Update for December 9 Still Didn't Nerf the R8 Revolver

    Counter-Strike Update for December 9 Still Didn't Nerf the R8 Revolver

    Those looking for a nerf or adjustment for the recently added R8 Revolver to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive can probably just go back to your corners to continue moping. Tonight's update actually introduces an interesting new issue with the gun while fixing a few other issues with the game. The gun actually now costs just $700. However, the price for the gun in game still shows $850. Even more interesting is the fact that you need to have $850 on hand to purchase the gun, but upon purchasing it, it only takes away $700. Oh gosh, surely this won't enrage people even more! I'm sure everything will work out just fine for the R8 in the next dozen or so updates to the game. Of course,...
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  • LEGO Marvel's Avengers Open World Trailer

    LEGO Marvel's Avengers Open World Trailer

    A new trailer for LEGO Marvel's Avengers show off some of the open world areas present in the game.
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  • Valve Issues Statement Regarding Steam Security and Trading

    Valve Issues Statement Regarding Steam Security and Trading

    Today is the day that the three day hold on trades goes into effect for non-Authenticator users. To go along with today's big change to trading, Valve issued a rather comprehensive statement on why this new policy is going into effect and why account security is so important.

    Honestly, it was difficult to pick out any one item to single out from their statement. Below is their entire statement in full.
    Compromised accounts and item theft Account theft has been around since Steam began, but with the introduction of Steam Trading, the problem has increased twenty-fold as the number one complaint from our users. Having your account stolen, and your items traded away, is a terrible experience, and we hated that it was becoming more common for our customers. Once an account was compromised, the items would be quickly cleaned out. They'd then
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