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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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  • GTA Online's First Social Club Event Weekend - Vespucci Beach Party - Includes Prizes

    Rockstar Games is going to play host to a Vespucci Beach Party Social Club event this weekend for Grand Theft Auto Online. The event will feature a special giveaways, a special event playlist, and livestream.
    All weekend long, plunge into a special Social Club Event Playlist of brand new Jobs from the freshly landed Beach Bum Pack, a hand-picked selection of ten of our favorite new Jobs. Drop some sea shells, go for a fuel-injected run on the beach, and take in some of the most spectacular stretches of coastline in the Los Santos Bay area in modes including Sea Race, Parachute, Team Deathmatch and more. The best performers in
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  • John Carmack Officially Leaves id Software

    John Carmack Officially Leaves id Software

    John Carmack created Doom and Quake. He also co-founded id Software which created Commander Keen, Wolfenstein, and Rage. Today, John Carmack has officially left id Software.

    Tim Willits, id Software's Studio Director, made the following statement to IGN.
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  • Microsoft Severs All Ties with Apparent Jerk KSI

    Microsoft Severs All Ties with Apparent Jerk KSI

    I don't know who KSI is, but from what the Internet tells me, he's quite the misogynistic douchebag that sexually harassed female event goers at Eurogamer Expo 2012. He's been banned from all Eurogamer events as a result. He was oddly chosen as one of the performers scheduled for the Xbox One launch event in London. Afterwards, he filed a YouTube copyright claim against a journalist that questioned Microsoft's decision to hire a huge douchebag for their event. A "copyright safe" version of the video can be found below. Microsoft was apparently unaware of KSI's "exploits" when they hired him for the event. Needless to say, most anybod...
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  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Update Includes Minor Fixes - November 21, 2013

    A small update was released tonight for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. It's fairly minor in the grand scheme of things.

    Changelog for CS:GO update for November 21, 2013

    MISCCOMMUNITY
    - Graphs are now accessible when sv_competitive_official_5v5 is set to 1
    - Removed player number restriction from Spectator Stat chart.
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  • Team Fortress 2 Update Released Introduces New MvM Maps and More

    Team Fortress 2 Update Released Introduces New MvM Maps and More

    The update released tonight for Team Fortress 2 introduces two new Mann vs. Machine maps and a ton of a new abilities.

    Update for Team Fortress 2 for November 21, 2013
    Mann vs. Machine
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  • Microsoft Claims the Cloud Makes the Xbox One Four Times as Powerful

    Microsoft Claims the Cloud Makes the Xbox One Four Times as Powerful

    The Marketing Director for Xbox France, Hugues Ouvrard, gave an interview with French publication, Le Nouvel Observateur. In it, he discusses how the Xbox One is a lot more powerful than the PlayStation 4, despite the apparent hardware shortcomings.

    How?

    The Cloud. Prepare yourself for this one.
    The PS4 is not more powerful. There is a confusion about the difference in the number of pixels, but the definition of certain defined by the publisher, not the console. Especially thanks to the power of cloud - we have installed 300,000 servers - the capabilities of the console are multiplied by four. So if you connect the console
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  • Day 2 of the Two Cities Update Reveal for Team Fortress 2

    Day 2 of the Two Cities Update Reveal for Team Fortress 2

    Apparently there was a reveal the other day for an upcoming "Two Cities" update for Team Fortress 2. I had no idea about it until today when the second day of reveals was released. This seems to be a an update focused on the Mann vs. Machine game mode.

    Today includes a new video, The Sound of Medicine, which shows off some new Medic abilities. Today's update page includes additional details on new Medic and Soldier capabilities in addition to the Rottenburg map reveal.


    Yesterday's update page talks about the Mannhattan map, new unique weapon skins, and also a new control point map,...
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  • Report: Telltale Games is Working on a Game of Thrones Game

    Report: Telltale Games is Working on a Game of Thrones Game

    According to sources at IGN, Telltale Games is hard at work developing a Game of Thrones game. Steve Allison, the Senior Vice-President of Publishing at Telltale Games remarked that they have "no comment" about a potential Game of Thrones game.

    At present, Telltale is still working on releasing the remaining chapters for its Fables based series, The Wolf Among Us and kicking off the second season for The Walking Dead. In the past, it also worked on some licensed franchises including The Walking Dead and Back to the Future. Though Telltale Games is no stranger to killing off a lot of characters in...
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  • Minecraft Adds One-Touch Twitch Streaming

    Minecraft Adds One-Touch Twitch Streaming

    Mojang is adding one-touch Twitch.tv streaming to Minecraft. At present, the feature is included in the Minecraft Snapshot 13w47c and is the result of a partnership between Mojang and Twitch.
    At Minecon we announced our new partnership with Twitch
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  • PSA: Play All of RAGE for Free Until Sunday

    PSA: Play All of RAGE for Free Until Sunday

    I'm not sure what id Software, Bethesda, or Valve are thinking here but you can play all of RAGE for free until Sunday at 1PM (PT). If you already have Steam installed, all you need to do is click this link to begin downloading the game.

    Yes, this apparently includes the single player component of the game. It's just odd that they would do this since most people are more than capable of downloading, playing, and beating the game in that time, thus removing the need to purchase it after this weekend. Huh, weird.
    About RAGE RAGE is a groundbreaking first-person shooter set in the not-too-distant future after
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  • Pretty Little Snowflakes in the Dead Rising 3 Launch Trailer

    Pretty Little Snowflakes in the Dead Rising 3 Launch Trailer

    Another launch trailer for you today with the "Snowflakes" trailer for the Xbox One exclusive Dead Rising 3.

    Take a ride on the wild side and a trip off the deep end of the zombie apocalypse.
    The end is finally here and it's never looked so good. Welcome to the after party.
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