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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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  • Hitbox Opens Revenue Sharing to All Streamers

    Hitbox Opens Revenue Sharing to All Streamers

    Hitbox announced today that they are opening up their revenue sharing to everybody. This means that you don't have to be receive a special invite from Hitbox in order to become a "partner" with them, you can now do so freely. This is in stark comparison to Twitch where only those selected by Twitch can be partnered. To put it bluntly: This will allow everyone to perhaps earn a bit of cash just from streaming through Hitbox. If you have an account there, you can now run a few ads during your stream to help out towards that goal. Of course, the popular channels will obviously make quite a bit more money while smaller channels ma...
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  • NBA 2K16 Features a Pro-Am Mode

    NBA 2K16 Features a Pro-Am Mode

    2K announced a short time ago that NBA 2K16 will feature a new Pro-Am mode for fans of the MyPLAYER feature. You and some friends can come together to design your own logos, your jerseys, and even your own arenas for your team. Once set, you can then take your team of up-and-comers on a journey to climb the leaderboards. The mode will allow for up to 40 players to play simultaneously....
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  • New Act of Aggression Trailer Shows Off Super-weapons

    New Act of Aggression Trailer Shows Off Super-weapons

    The latest trailer for Act of Aggression, the upcoming RTS from Eugen Systems, shows off some of the super powerful superweapons that you can use or have used against you.
    Each of the three futuristic military factions not only holds an inventory of unique and specialized military equipment and units, but also access to a variety of end-game oriented super-weapons, featuring the latest in conventional and prototypical boom. Tactical super-weapons are a viable option for defensive players who wish to exhaust the enemy's economy while they stockpile tactical weaponry rounds for a surprise strike, as well as players rich in the game's primary resources to finish o
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  • 'Dramatic Changes' Coming to Final Fantasy VII Remake Battle System

    'Dramatic Changes' Coming to Final Fantasy VII Remake Battle System

    Square Enix revealed via an interview with the Official PlayStation Magazine, that there will be "dramatic changes" made to the battle system in the Final Fantasy VII Remake that the studio is working on. Here is what Game Director Tetsuya Nomura had to say about what they're doing.

    Square Enix also revealed that they'll be pulling some inspiration from Final Fantasy VII: Advent...
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  • ZombiU Coming to PS4, XB1, and PC this August

    ZombiU Coming to PS4, XB1, and PC this August

    This news shouldn't be terribly shocking to anybody that's heard the rumors, but ZombiU is confirmed now for coming to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC platforms this August. The game is now simply called Zombi, the "U" being omitted for obvious reasons, and will include some nice enhancements over its original release on the Wii U.
    After being one of the Wii U flagship titles in 2012, Zombi returns to challenge gamers on multiple new platforms to find out how long they can survive in dilapidated, infected London. For the second time in history, a great plague has shrouded the city in a fog of death. Thousands have died, or worse, been
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  • 10v10 Team Deathmatch - Blast Mode - Revealed for Star Wars Battlefront

    10v10 Team Deathmatch - Blast Mode - Revealed for Star Wars Battlefront

    A new game mode was revealed earlier today for Star Wars Battlefront. The new mode is called "Blast Mode" and is DICE and EA's take on a 10 vs 10 team deathmatch mode.
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  • Yooka-Laylee to be Published by Team17

    Yooka-Laylee to be Published by Team17

    Yooka-Laylee developer, Playtonic Games, has partnered with publisher Team17 for the rights to distribute the game once it's ready.
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  • Mafia 3 Reveal is Coming August 5

    Mafia 3 Reveal is Coming August 5

    Mafia 3 was semi-announced today by 2K. The studio simply said that they will show off a "worldwide premiere of an announcement trailer" this Wednesday, August 5 at 8AM (ET) for Mafia 3.
    Mafia III is the next installment in the popular series known for immersing players into a world of organized crime through rich narrative storytelling and a beautifully crafted game world featuring period-accurate cars, music and fashion. In addition to the announcement trailer, Mafia III will debut at gamescom with a behind-closed-doors presentation.
    That's right, it's an announcement of an announcement. It's been ...
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  • Razer to Pay the Unpaid Developers From Ouya's Free the Games Marketing Program

    Ouya has a program called "Free the Games" that essentially allowed Ouya to give out some games for free to Ouya consumers with the promise that Ouya themselves would pay the developers later on. Problem was, Ouya went the way of the Dodo. Prior to that happening, Ouya crafted a new agreement that essentially said they had no responsibility to pay anything owed to the developers of those games should Ouya go bankrupt. Well, Ouya went bankrupt and thus left roughly $620,000 unpaid towards developers. The developers are, understandably, upset. Along comes Razer, who recently purchased Ouya, to save the day. Just moments ago, Razer announced that they will fulfill the Free ...
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  • Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta Now Available in the Windows Store

    Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta Now Available in the Windows Store

    Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta is now rolling out through the Windows Store starting today. This beta is open to every Minecraft owner that is also running Windows 10.


    If you own Minecraft and are using Windows 10, Mojang laid out some instructions for you to follow on how to obtain your key for your "free" copy. If you run into an error, don't panic. I ran into an error after I tried to obtain my key. Simply go back to your Mojang account page and it may list your key there. Take that key and redeem it through the Windows Store app in Windows 10. I wouldn't suggest trying to redeem it on...
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  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Allows You to Defeat Bosses However You Want

    Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Allows You to Defeat Bosses However You Want

    When Deus Ex: Human Revolution came out, it was largely praised with the exception of the boss fights. No matter how you played the game, the boss fights were nothing more than actual fights with little to no means of utilizing stealth or any of your non-lethal abilities. That was somewhat fixed in the GOTY edition but it wasn't as good as it could have been.

    Now, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided looks like it will allow you to tackle bosses to suit your play style. The latest issue of OXM has a nice bit of information from Gameplay Director Patrick Fortier and the Narrative Director Mary DeMarle, where they explain how the boss fights...
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