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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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  • AMD Owners Get Shadowplay Alternative with Game DVR Beta

    AMD Owners Get Shadowplay Alternative with Game DVR Beta

    A new update was released for the AMD Gaming Evolved client that includes some great new functionality. First up is a redesigned UI, next is a new beta for Game DVR. This feature is similar to Nvidia's Shadowplay functionality that allows you to manually record gameplay footage with minimal impact. Or, you can instantly save the previous 10 minutes of gameplay if you missed something great by not manually recording.

    From the Home tab in the client, simply click Record to activate Game DVR. With our Replay capability, we automatically record your last 15 seconds of gameplay time (by default -- you can bump that
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  • Mario Marathon 7 - Help Charity and Watch a Lot of Mario

    Mario Marathon 7 - Help Charity and Watch a Lot of Mario

    It's time once again for the Mario Marathon! Yes, Mario Marathon 7 kicked off about 7 hours ago today. As always, they will be playing through a ton of Mario games all in the name of charity. Right now, they've already unlocked 448 levels, but each donation will be put towards unlocking more levels for them to play.

    Just like last year and the ones before it, all donation money will go towards the Child's Play Charity. If you want to donate, you need to check out the Mario Marathon website. I will embed the marathon stream below but again, check out the website to donate, to check out their overall...
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  • EA and DICE Admit Battlefield 4 Launch was "Unacceptable"

    EA and DICE Admit Battlefield 4 Launch was "Unacceptable"

    I know your hearts are probably stopped after reading that headline, but just take a deep breath and try to soldier on through the news story, okay? Yes, EA and DICE have now admitted that Battlefield 4's launch was "unacceptable."

    In speaking with Eurogamer, EA CEO Andrew Wilson and DICE GM Karl-Magnus Troedsson have said that the game suffered due to its ambition. (Note: This is a very, very long interview. I strongly urge you to read through the full Eurogamer article yourself in addition to the cherry-picked quotes I selected below.)

    Alright, let's see where they go with this.
    Andrew Wilson: "Think about what Battlefield 4 was: 64 player multiplayer, giant maps, 1080p, Levolution that was changing the gameplay design in an emergent way. There is a
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  • PSA: Play a 48-Hour Trial for Titanfall - Origin Game Time Program Detailed

    EA kicked off their new "Origin Game Time" program today. This program allows players to give a trial run to a game of EA's choosing for a period of 48 hours. The first game offered for this new program? Titanfall.

    From the sounds of it, despite the trial beginning this weekend, the 48-hour time period itself doesn't actually start until you launch the game for the first time. That actually sounds like an incredibly smart idea.
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  • Ubisoft Offers Explanation for why Watch Dogs PC Contains Hidden Graphical Options

    Ubisoft offers up a brief explanation as to why Watch Dogs for the PC contains some hidden graphical options.
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  • Capcom Shows Off Uncapped Framerate for Dead Rising 3 PC

    Capcom Shows Off Uncapped Framerate for Dead Rising 3 PC

    While Capcom is recommending PC gamers play Dead Rising 3 at 30fps, as that is what the game is designed for, they won't stop you from uncapping the framerate if you wish. There's a worry that there will be some weird things happening if you do that. A couple of videos came out today that show what may happen if you uncap the framerate. Spoiler alert: Not much.
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  • Small Team Fortress 2 Update is Coming - June 19, 2014

    Small Team Fortress 2 Update is Coming - June 19, 2014

    A new update for Team Fortress 2 is about ready to be released tonight. It's a small bug fixing update for yesterday's big Love and War update.

    Changelog for TF2 for June 19, 2014

    - Added a new startup music track from Expiration Date - Added a crafting recipe for The Back Scatter - Fixed a client crash caused by Strange Fists - Fixed players using the partner taunts to enter enemy spawn rooms - Fixed a regression with the Disco Beat Down unusual effect - Fixed The Classic automatically zooming in after going through a teleporter while charging - Updated The Tide Turner to also refill the charge meter from impact kills
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  • Sniper Elite 3 Limited Special Edition Announced for PC

    Sniper Elite 3 Limited Special Edition Announced for PC

    Rebellion revealed the Sniper Elite 3 Limited Special Edition for PC gamers today. It's going to be sold in a very limited run of just 1,000 copies and can be purchased from Rebellion's own online store for $149.99 (USD).

    LIMITED SPECIAL EDITION INCLUDES:
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  • Invasion Invades Call of Duty: Ghosts Next Month on PC and PS4

    Invasion Invades Call of Duty: Ghosts Next Month on PC and PS4

    On July 3, PC and PlayStation 4 gamers will finally get to play the Invasion DLC for Call of Duty: Ghosts. Xbox owners are obviously already playing it.
    Departed: Set in a rural Mexican town during the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration, players who complete the map's Field Order will unlock the Death Mariachi killstreak. Armed with dual-wielding pistols, the Death Mariachi settles scores, with each kill turning enemy players into another member of the band, and a temporary squad mate.

    Pharaoh: In the abandoned archeological site of an ancient Egyptian palace, players will have to be on the lookout for collapsing
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  • $250,000 Prize Pool for ESL One Cologne 2014 Raised by Counter-Strike Community

    The Counter-Strike: Global Offensive community has managed to raise $250,000 for the ESL One Cologne 2014 prize pool.
    Taking place at Gamescom 2014 in Cologne, Germany, the upcoming CS:GO tournament will feature 16 teams - the eight quarter-finalists from EMS One Katowice (held earlier this year) and eight teams from online regional qualifiers. The event's matches will be streamed live by ESL. The CS:GO crowd-funding initiative began in August, 2013 with the release of The Arms Deal Update, which offers players in the community special in-game items. A portion of the sales revenue from those items is then placed into a tour
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  • PSA: Steam Summer Sale Begins NOW - Which Team Are You On?

    PSA: Steam Summer Sale Begins NOW - Which Team Are You On?

    The good news is that Valve has kicked off their annual Steam Summer Sale about an hour ago! That means you get Daily Deals, Flash sale items, and Community Choice savings.

    Today's sales include, but are not limited to:
    • Divinity Original Sin -20%
    • Far Cry 3 -75%
    • XCOM Enemy Unknown -75%
    • Dead Rising 3 -25%
    • The Witcher 2 -80%
    • DayZ -15%
    • Democracy 3 -66%
    • Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion -80%
    • Don't Starve -75%

    The Flash Sales (new every 8 hours) currently include:
    • Dead Island Riptide -75%
    • DMC Devil May Cry -75%
    • Hotline Miami -85%
    • Mirror's Edge -75%
    The Community Choice sales will begin in about 7 hours from ...
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