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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.

Library
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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  • PlayStation 4 Will Not Support Uploads to YouTube

    PlayStation 4 Will Not Support Uploads to YouTube

    As part of their massive pre-release FAQ for the PlayStation 4, Sony revealed that the console will not allow direct uploads to YouTube at launch.
    Can I share my game videos on YouTube?

    No. At launch, PS4 users will be able to use the Share button on the DUALSHOCK 4 controller to upload gameplay videos to their Facebook account, or to stream live gameplay to Ustream or Twitch. PS4 owners can follow PlayStation.Blog and PlayStation.com for further news on other services to come after launch.
    Right now, the streams sent to Twitch will be archived for later viewing if the user has archiving enabled on their ac...
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  • Steam Surpasses 65 Million Accounts

    Steam Surpasses 65 Million Accounts

    Valve announced today that Steam has surpassed 65 million total user accounts. That is a 30% increase in growth over the previous 12 months.
    Looking ahead to 2014, Valve looks to expand Steam's services and offerings to gamers and developers by holding the Steam Developer Days in Seattle, WA this January and rolling out the recently announced Steam Machines with a variety of hardware partners later in the year. "The main goal of Steam has always been to increase the quality of the user's experience by reducing the distance between content creators and their audience," said Gabe Newell, co-founder and president of Valve. "As the platfor
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  • FXAA Ruins Texture Quality in Battlefield 4

    FXAA Ruins Texture Quality in Battlefield 4

    We already know how FXAA use tends to blur textures in games while simultaneously serving as a quick method of AA. However, it seems as though FXAA use in Battlefield 4 blurs textures more noticeably than in any other game.

    HardOCP suggest turning the "Antialiasing Post" setting to "Off" in order to fix the blurred texture issue. The other AA settings in the game should be ok to adjust to your own tastes, just leave Antialiasing Post "off."
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  • Microsoft Must Really Like the 'Xbox Huge' Meme

    Microsoft Must Really Like the 'Xbox Huge' Meme

    So, Microsoft made another giant Xbox, this time it's a giant Xbox One. Unlike the previous large console of theirs, there is only one of this One and it's in Vancouver. O Canada, what are you doing up there? It's said to be 40 feet long and 20 feet wide. Microsoft has hinted that the console will "unlock" after people "pledge" their gamertags and/or souls. Gamers can pledge their tags in person, online, or from the Xbox 360 dashboard. I'm going assume this is for residents of Canada only, but I have no idea. Prizes include Xbox One consoles and a trip to Toronto for the system's launch. (via ...
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  • Pay What You Want for a Game Music Bundle... of the Damned!

    Pay What You Want for a Game Music Bundle... of the Damned!

    It's like a Humble Bundle but just for game soundtracks! A "Game Music Bundle... of the Damned!" has been released that lets you pay what you want for upwards of 17 video game soundtracks from some of your favorite horror or spooky games.

    A minimum of $1 will get you soundtracks to Amnesia: The Dark Descent, Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs, Limbo, Bloodrayne, and Dead Space.

    Pay more than $10 to get the above and:
    • Home
    • Year Walk
    • Penumbra
    • The Horror at MS Aurora
    • Organ Trail
    • Alice: Madness Returns
    • Plants vs. Zombies
    • Silent Hill: Shattered Memories
    • [Survaillant]
    • Manor of the Damned!
    • Gone
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  • First Titanfall is Exclusive to Xbox and PC, Vince Zampella is Not Happy

    First Titanfall is Exclusive to Xbox and PC, Vince Zampella is Not Happy

    Sorry hopeful PlayStation 4 owners, it looks as though Titanfall from Respawn Entertainment won't be headed to your platform. EA has stated that the game will remain exclusive to the PC, Xbox 360, and Xbox One for the entirety of its life.

    EA CFO, Blake Jorgensen, said this during today's financial call for EA.
    "In the case of Titanfall, it's a brand new IP and it's exclusive only for the life of the title on Xbox One and Xbox 360 and PC."

    Before you get upset with Respawn, here is what Respawn Entertainment's Vince Zampella had to say about this matter.
    Ho boy. Yes, it looks as though h...
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  • Scream Fortress 2013 is Live for Team Fortress 2

    Scream Fortress 2013 is Live for Team Fortress 2

    Get ready for Helltower and the Scream Fortress 2013 update for Team Fortress 2. A new map, new magical abilities, new items, new newness.
    DockTort-urous Halloween Special, which this year is based entirely around the terrifyingly complex legal questions that haunt maritime law. AWOOOOOOOO! [Sound of receiving a jury summons]
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  • Grand Theft Auto V Ships 29 Million Units

    Grand Theft Auto V Ships 29 Million Units

    Take-Two revealed today that they have hit a $1.27 billion second quarter, thanks mainly due to the sales of Grand Theft Auto V. GTA V has shipped nearly 29 million units around the world since its release and has already surpassed the total sales of Grand Theft Auto IV in just six weeks.

    Also significantly helping Take-Two were the 7.5 million units of Borderlands 2 that have been shipped to retailers and consumers. That makes Borderlands 2 the best selling 2K Games title of all time.
    In a post-earnings conference call, Take-Two executives also touted the success of its entire line up, not just Rockstar's
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  • New AMD and Nvidia Drivers Released for Battlefield 4

    New AMD and Nvidia Drivers Released for Battlefield 4

    These came out yesterday but both AMD and Nvidia have fresh drivers available for you to download that promise increased performance in Battlefield 4.

    Nvidia offers up the GeForce 331.65 WHQL drivers. These drivers also include GeForce Experience 1.7 and a beta for ShadowPlay, which allows you to record game footage with minimal impact on 6xx and 7xx series GPUs. These drivers are recommended for Battlefield 4, Call of Duty: Ghosts, and Batman: Arkham Origins.

    AMD released their Catalyst 13.11 Beta7 driver last night. This driver includes performance gains for Battlefield 3, Battlefield...
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  • Nvidia Shows Off Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag PC Features

    Nvidia Shows Off Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag PC Features

    The Nvidia YouTube channel released a new gameplay video showing off some of the "Nvidia exclusive" effects coming with the PC release of Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag.


    As of yesterday, most retailers are offering up a game bundle with the purchase of new Nvidia cards, which includes Assassin's Creed IV and two other titles. Unless, of course, you're like me and bought a new card just a month ago and missed out on this deal and the overall price reduction of the GTX 7xx line of cards....
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  • Battlefield 4 Has Been Released Today

    Battlefield 4 Has Been Released Today

    As if you needed me or this press release to tell you, Battlefield 4 was released today for the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 platforms.
    Battlefield 4 features an engaging single-player campaign and epic multiplayer online action. In the single-player, Battlefield 4 puts players in the boots of U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Daniel Recker, member of the Tombstone squad. The world is on the brink of chaos, China is the tinderbox and the player is the inadvertent spark that could ignite a global conflict. Navigating the turmoil around them as they fight to save the final hope for peace between U.S., Russia and China, players
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