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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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  • Super Mario 3D World is Worst 3D Mario Release Ever - Sells Just 107K in Japan

    For some reason, despite its largely positive reception here in the States, Super Mario 3D World sold just under 107,000 units in Japan.
    1) Super Mario Galaxy 2 - 337,569 (1,032,853 total)
    2) Super Mario 3D Land - 344,698 (1,861,023 total)
    3) Super Mario Sunshine - 280,610 (789,989 total)
    4) Super Mario Galaxy - 256,341 (1,025,664 total)
    5) Super Mario 64* - 162,113 (1,639,914 total)
    6) Super Mario 64 DS* - 120,062 (1,231,535 total)
    7) Super Mario 3D World - 106,967

    This makes it the worst selling 3D Mario title for the first week of sales ever. It may be a result of the disappointing...
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  • Sony Urges Some PSN Users to Reset Password After Irregular Activity

    Sony Urges Some PSN Users to Reset Password After Irregular Activity

    Last week, the European PlayStation Network issued a mandatory password reset after some "irregular activity" on some users' accounts. They claimed there was no security compromise on their end of things.

    Today, a similar situation seems to have hit the US PlayStation Network, with a moderator posting a mere warning on the PlayStation forums that urges users experiencing sign-in issues to reset their password.
    "If you are getting an error that your PSN account password is incorrect, you may need to reset it. We routinely monitor for irregular activity, and if such activity is detected, we may sometimes
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  • PSA: Save up to 75% on Select Square Enix Titles

    PSA: Save up to 75% on Select Square Enix Titles

    Square Enix also has a bunch of sales underway for Thanksgiving. You can save up to 75% off of select titles at the Square Enix storefront. They even have a ton of old PlayStation and PlayStation 2 titles up for grabs!

    Some of the games include:
    Hitman: Absolution - Professional Edition (PS3/360) Chrono Cross (PS1/PS2) Dead Island: GOTY Edition (PS3/360) Deus Ex: Human Revolution Augmented Edition (PC/360/PS3) Deus Ex: GOTY (PC) Final Fantasy Anthology (PS1/PS2) Final Fantasy Chronicles (PS1/PS2) Final Fantasy VII (PC) Hitman 2 (PC) Hitman Trilogy (PS3/360) Tomb Raider (PC/PS3/360) Kingdom Hearts (PS2) ... and a crapload more
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  • Black Friday Deals Hit Grand Theft Auto Online

    Black Friday Deals Hit Grand Theft Auto Online

    Rockstar Games is taking the holidays to a bit of a different level here. They're offering up weekend discounts in game for Grand Theft Auto Online. Beginning November 28 and running through until December 1, you can save 50% on a variety of items. This includes the "Turkey Shoot" savings, where you save 50% off of hunting rifles (assault rifle, carbine, advanced rifle, heavy sniper, and sniper rifle), rifle attachments, and rifle ammunition. There's also the "Black Friday" discount where you save 50% o ff of all black clothing and accessories. It also includes 50% off select black colored vehicle modifications, window t...
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  • Battlefield 4 on Sale for $30 on Origin for Black Friday and Other Sale Items from EA

    Origin has their own Black Friday deals that will kick off soon. At least one of them is for Battlefield 4 where it will be just $29.99 (USD).

    The sale begins on Thursday, November 28 at 8AM (PT). It will last for just 24 hours.

    Other sale items include SimCity and The Sims 3 for up to 50% off. Even the Cities of Tomorrow expansion will be 10% off. A variety of sports games including FIFA 14, FIFA Manager 14, Madden NFL 25, NHL 14, and others will be 30% off.

    Battlefield 3, Crysis 3, Dead Space 3, and more will be 60% off. Older titles such as Mass Effect 3, Dead Space 2, Dragon Age: Origins,...
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  • Valve's Steam Autumn (and Spring) Sale 2013 Has Kicked Off

    Valve's Steam Autumn (and Spring) Sale 2013 Has Kicked Off

    What do you know, the rumor was true! Beginning today (rather, beginning 30 minutes ago) and ending on December 3, the Steam Autumn Sale 2013 is here to deliver great savings to you and your wallet.

    You're again going to have daily deals and flash sales to keep an eye out on. Daily deals run for 24 hours, while flash sales cycle through every eight hours.

    To kick things off, the initial sales include:
    Daily Deals
    The Walking Dead
    Sleeping Dogs
    The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
    Antichamber
    Left 4 Dead 2
    Prison Architect
    Terraria
    Rogue Legacy
    Outlast

    Flash Sales Crysis 2 Space hulk Castle Story Hammer Watch
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  • Team Fortress 2 and Dota 2 Updates Released - November 26, 2013

    Team Fortress 2 and Dota 2 Updates Released - November 26, 2013

    A double dose of update news for you tonight as both Team Fortress 2 and Dota 2 were updated by Valve.

    Changelog for TF2 for November 26, 2013

    - Fixed missing backpack material for the Australium Force-a-Nature - Fixed the Killstreak counts for the Mantreads, Chargin' Targe, and Splendid Screen - Fixed the Killstreak sheen effect not working on the Mantreads - Fixed the Ping column in the Scoreboard getting clipped in 4:3 resolutions - Fixed the Mann vs. Machine return-to-lobby timer not updating properly after a mission has been completed - Updated the Killstreak Fabricator's description to include the sheen and the Killstreaker effect for its output
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  • Microsoft Offering Gamers with Defective Xbox One Consoles a Free Game

    Microsoft Offering Gamers with Defective Xbox One Consoles a Free Game

    Microsoft is offering those Xbox One owners that are experiencing the faulty drive issue a free game as a way of apologizing. Polygon received a forwarded email detailing the offer.

    The email will let users download either Dead Rising 3, Forza Motorsport 5, Ryse: Son of Rome, or Zoo Tycoon for free.
    "While a replacement console is on its way, we want to ensure our advance exchange customers can stay in the game," a statement from Microsoft said. "We will provide each of them with a free digital download of one of the launch titles published by Microsoft Studios."
    This free offer does not apply to an...
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  • Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Coming to Mobile Devices in December

    Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Coming to Mobile Devices in December

    Rockstar Games announced earlier today that Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas will be making its way to various mobile devices next month.
    Encompassing Los Santos, San Fierro, Las Venturas and everything in between, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas has been upgraded for its mobile release. Newly remastered graphics including dynamic and detailed shadows, greater draw distance, an enriched color palette, plus enhanced character and car models make this the best-looking version of San Andreas yet. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas also features brand new touch controls including contextual control options to display buttons onl
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  • Xbox One Reportedly Costs $471 to Build

    Xbox One Reportedly Costs $471 to Build

    The Xbox One reportedly costs $471 to build, meaning Microsoft has just a $28 margin between the cost per unit and the price they're selling it for. As noted previously, the PlayStation 4 costs $381 to build, so what makes up the differences between the two machines?


    AllThingsD notes how the Kinect makes up at least $75 of the system's total cost. The most expensive component, however, is the AMD made chip that combines the CPU and GPU at a cost of $110. The PS4 chip costs only $100 in comparison. The Xbox One's DDR3 memory costs Microsoft just $60, which is $28 less than the GDDR5 memory in u...
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  • Double Fine Regains Rights to Games, Promises to Re-release Games

    Double Fine Regains Rights to Games, Promises to Re-release Games

    Double Fine has regained the publishing rights to both Costume Quest and Stacking. Next year, the company plans to re-release those two titles alongside Psychonauts for Windows and OSX.
    Double Fine Productions and Nordic Games have announced that Double Fine has reacquired all the publishing and distribution rights to its games Costume Quest and Stacking. Additionally, Double Fine has decided to partner with Nordic Games to bring retail release of Psychonauts, Costume Quest, and Stacking for Windows and Mac in North America and Europe during the first half of 2014. "I am pleased that we have regained full control over Costume Quest and S
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