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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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  • 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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  • PSA: Steam's Halloween 2013 Sale is Underway

    PSA: Steam's Halloween 2013 Sale is Underway

    In addition to the big savings going on at GOG.com, Steam also has some big savings of its own today.

    Some of the many games on sale through November 1 include:
    • Alone in the Dark
    • The Void
    • Orcs Must Die franchise
    • The Walking Dead
    • The Wolf Among Us
    • Sleeping Dogs
    • Don't Starve
    • Dead Rising 2
    • Various Resident Evil titles

    And many more. Check the sale out for yourself over at Steam.
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  • The Walking Dead: Season 2 Teaser Trailer and Details

    The Walking Dead: Season 2 Teaser Trailer and Details

    The Walking Dead: Season Two continues the story of Clementine, a young girl orphaned by the undead apocalypse. Left to fend for herself, she has been forced to learn how to survive in a world gone mad. Many months have passed since the events seen in Season One of The Walking Dead, and Clementine is searching for safety. But what can an ordinary child do to stay alive when the living can be just as bad -- and sometimes worse -- than the dead? As Clementine, you will be tested by situations and dilemmas that will test your morals and your instinct for survival. Your decisions and actions will change the story around you, i
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  • PSA: GOG's Halloween 2013 Sale is Underway

    PSA: GOG's Halloween 2013 Sale is Underway

    For the next two and a half days, you can save up to 75% off of a number of spooky titles from GOG.com.

    You can pick and choose from 18 games or buy all 18 for just $67.72 (USD), a savings of $116. Some of the games include...
    • I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream
    • Amnesia: The Dark Descent (and A Machine for Pigs)
    • Alan Wake
    • Phantasmagoria 1 and 2
    • Alone in the Dark 1, 2, and 3

    Go check it out, pick up some classic horror titles and enjoy your Halloween.
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  • Digital Foundry Compares Battlefield 4 on PlayStation 4 vs Xbox One vs PC

    Digital Foundry Compares Battlefield 4 on PlayStation 4 vs Xbox One vs PC

    Digital Foundry has delivered in spades again tonight with their in-depth analysis of Battlefield 4 visual fidelity and performance between the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and the PC. They do stress that both console versions are being run on development kits and are still in development.

    Needless to say, there are some basic differences in image quality that need knocking on the head right away. Chief among them is the hot topic of internal resolution, where we determine that the Xbox One code is indeed running at 1280x720. If this is set in stone for release - as is likely - the Microsoft version is poised to give us the most aliasing
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  • Valve Kicks Off Team Fortress 2's Scream Fortress 2013 Event with a New Comic

    Check out this "Grave Matters" comic that seems as though it will kick off Team Fortress 2's Halloween 2013 event.


    Get ready, Scream Fortress for 2013 is just around the corner. Looks like we're all going to hell....
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  • PS3 vs PS4 Visual Comparison for Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

    PS3 vs PS4 Visual Comparison for Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

    Check out this user created comparison video showing off the differences between the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 versions of Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag.


    Obviously this is best viewed at the 1080p setting if you have the bandwidth for it (and YouTube cooperates). Also obviously a lot is lost thanks to video compression but noticeable differences include higher resolution textures, more natural blurring, and improved scene focus....
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  • Live Ultimate Team Coming to NBA Live 14

    Live Ultimate Team Coming to NBA Live 14

    Popular with the FIFA and Madden crowds, EA Sports is soon to add the "LIVE Ultimate Team" mode to their upcoming basketball title, NBA Live 14.
    In LIVE Ultimate Team you can collect, earn and build your fantasy dream team with the best players in the league, as well as select NBA alumni.

    LIVE ULTIMATE TEAM MODES LIVE Ultimate Team includes a number of modes that help you earn coins and move up the ranks. Tip Off against any NBA opponent, take your team online versus other LIVE Ultimate Teams or participate in a number of Fantasy Showdowns. Fantasy Showdowns feature both real NBA teams and a mix of fantasy matchu
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