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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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  • 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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  • Wasteland 2 Beta Slated to Begin Next Month

    Wasteland 2 Beta Slated to Begin Next Month

    To those who backed Wasteland 2, Brian Fargo from inXile Entertainment said via Twitter that the beta for the game will begin next month.

    Specifically, he said that it should actually begin in just two and a half weeks....
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  • Possible PSA: Steam Autumn Sale Kicks Off Tomorrow, November 27

    Possible PSA: Steam Autumn Sale Kicks Off Tomorrow, November 27

    Let's keep this rumor train rolling strong! According to documents leaked earlier this month, a Steam Autumn Sale will begin tomorrow, November 27 and will end December 3.


    The document appeared on Reddit on November 3 and supposedly comes from a Russian developer that recently had their title Greenlit on Steam. Another Reddit user verified that he was sent a copy of the email from said developer. If this is true, you have about a day to prepare your wallets. If this is true, don't expect to see anything drastically different in the Steam Holiday Sale 2013 as the email notes how the sale items ...
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  • Fallout 4 Possibly Teased in Survivor 2299 ARG

    Fallout 4 Possibly Teased in Survivor 2299 ARG

    I've been sitting on this one for a while since it wasn't very clear that this "Survivor 2299" thing was actually related to Fallout 4. There was a huge amount of speculation that it was and also some evidence showing that it might not be. However, as the days go on, more and more details are emerging that seem to indicate this is a legitimate ARG for an upcoming Fallout 4 reveal. Again, all of this is merely speculation at this point and may end up just being a huge joke on the Internet and fans of the Fallout series. When you first visit the site you are greeted with a countdown and some morse code. The morse code originally pointed to a date of December 11, 2013. ...
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  • Call of Duty: Ghosts is the Top Selling 'Next-Gen' Title

    Call of Duty: Ghosts is the Top Selling 'Next-Gen' Title

    It turns out that players still want to play Call of Duty as shown by the fact that Call of Duty: Ghosts is the best-selling "next-gen" title released so far. Activision announced that Ghosts is both the top-selling game for both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and the most played game on both platforms.

    According to GameStop PowerUp Rewards, it is also the most "desired" game of this next-gen turned current-gen era.

    Activision Publishing CEO, Eric Hirshberg, said...

    "Around the globe, Call of Duty: Ghosts is leading the next generation. It's the #1 selling title at key retailers and it's also the most played game on Xbox One and PS4 globally.
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  • Nine New, Great Looking Screenshots from Infamous: Second Son

    Nine New, Great Looking Screenshots from Infamous: Second Son

    Sucker Punch recently released some new screenshots for Infamous: Second Son, the PlayStation 4 exclusive title slated for release in March 2014.


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  • iBuyPower Reveals Details and Price for their Prototype Steam Machine

    iBuyPower Reveals Details and Price for their Prototype Steam Machine

    iBuyPower revealed their own prototype box today for their own upcoming Steam Machine. Keep in mind that various manufacturers will be allowed to make their own devices and iBuyPower is one of them. Their unit will go on sale next year for $499 (USD), the same price as an Xbox One. Included will be a multicore AMD CPU, AMD Radeon R9 270 graphics card, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a 500GB hard drive. The unit itself is smaller than an Xbox One but larger than a PS4. The power supply is included inside the case and appears to come in a glossy white with a customizable light bar running across the middle of the unit. Included will be...
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  • Is a Bully Sequel in the Works?

    Is a Bully Sequel in the Works?

    A new trademark filed with the European Union for Bully Bullworth Academy: Canis Canem Edit has some fans excited that Rockstar Games might be planning a sequel to Bully. In addition, the "Bully" trademark was updated back in July in the United States. Rockstar has merely told fans of the series to stay tuned for news on any new developments of the series. The possibility of it being a sequel is quite high given that the original came out in 2005 for the PlayStation 2. Then again, perhaps it's another re-release, like the one that came out in 2008 for the 360 and PC, or perhaps it's an HD remake. Whatever...
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