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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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  • Yakuza Kiwami 2 E3 2018 Trailer

    Yakuza Kiwami 2 E3 2018 Trailer

    As part of Sony's bizarre/annoying E3 coverage/conference/week-long event they apparently showcased a new trailer for Yakuza Kiwami 2. It's not terribly long but it is new and Yakuza is a fun franchise, so I'm posting it.
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  • Yakuza 0 and Yakuza Kiwami Coming to PC

    Yakuza 0 and Yakuza Kiwami Coming to PC

    Speaking of the Yakuza developers, it was announced this week that both Yakuza 0 and Yakuza Kiwami are coming to the PC. This announcement sure came out of nowhere, that's for sure.

    First up looks to be Yakuza 0, which you can pre-purchase right now on Steam for $17.99 (USD) with a 10% discount. This one will be released on August 1, 2018. As you may recall, I kind of really loved Yakuza 0. I'm sure I'll love it even more with an uncapped framerate and the option to go up to 4K... on my 1080p monitor.

    Yakuza Kiwami is also headed to Steam. You are not yet able to pre-purchase Kiwami nor is there a...
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  • Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise Comes to North America in October

    Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise Comes to North America in October

    A Western release for Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise was confirmed this week at E3. Sega announced a release date of October 2, 2018 for the PlayStation 4 action title.

    Fist of the North Star is a PlayStation 4 exclusive. It's developed by the same studio that brought you the Yakuza franchise, as if that wasn't already apparent from some of the footage you'll see below. It also means that the game will include a lot of side missions and minigames to enjoy in between story missions. Some of these side activities include buggy races, "rhythm-based Hokuto Shinken chiropractic therapy sessions," managing a nightclub, and more.

    Pre-orders have already opened up at the Fist...
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  • Check Out About 13 Minutes of Resident Evil 2 Remake Gameplay

    Check Out About 13 Minutes of Resident Evil 2 Remake Gameplay

    PlayStation offers up a 13 minute long video that showcases a generous helping of gameplay from the Resident Evil 2 remake. Which, btw, seems to just be called Resident Evil 2 and not Resident Evil 2 Remake as we kind of figured it would be.

    It's looking good. It's looking real good.

    Be sure to check out the two new cinematic trailers and a bunch of new screenshots we already posted courtesy of E3 2018.

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  • Killing Floor 2 2018 Summer Sideshow Event Starts Today

    Killing Floor 2 2018 Summer Sideshow Event Starts Today

    The 2018 Summer Sideshow Event for Killing Floor 2 started earlier today on PC and consoles. This year, the action takes to the skies with the Treacherous Skies update. This event adds in new weapons, features, bosses, maps, and more. It also comes with a special discount for the game for the week through Steam along with a free weekend starting on June 14.
    KILLING FLOOR 2 -- THE SUMMER SIDESHOW: TREACHEROUS SKIES key features include:

    New Map: Airship
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  • Cyberpunk 2077 Premiere Trailer, Screenshots, and First Gameplay Details

    Cyberpunk 2077 Premiere Trailer, Screenshots, and First Gameplay Details

    CD PROJEKT RED shared some additional details for Cyberpunk 2077 this week. We were also provided some nice 4K screenshots in addition to the E3 trailer, which you may have already seen.

    There's no firm release date yet, but Cyberpunk 2077 is slated to be released on the PC, PS4, and XB1.
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  • Sony Blocks Fortnite Cross-Play Between PS4 and Switch Players

    Sony Blocks Fortnite Cross-Play Between PS4 and Switch Players

    Sony continues to baffle and anger fans with their archaic multiplayer stances. The latest is that players on the newly released Nintendo Switch version of Fortnite will not be allowed to play with those on the PlayStation 4 version. Switch owners can, however, play with Xbox One, PC, Mac, and mobile players. Even worse is the fact that players are now finding out that they cannot link their Epic accounts to the Switch version of the game if it's already been tied to their PSN accounts! You straight up need to make a new account if you, at any point, tied your Fortnite account to PSN. In the message, seen above, it straight up says that you should pretty much blame Sony and Sony alo...
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  • Valve Overhauls the Steam Chat System

    Valve Overhauls the Steam Chat System

    For the first time in years, Valve has provided a drastic overhaul to the Friends and Chat system within Steam. It has an all-new look with some new functionality such as embedding things like images, Giphy links, Twitter, Twitch, and even YouTube. You can even use something like /giphy to insert a random Giphy image, because that seems safe?

    It's got improvements to group chats, improvements to voice chat, it has a two week long chat history you can keep, it has a new "persona" invisible mode, a new way to rename friends, a new way to trade, a new way to add friends, and more!

    You can try this new functionality out in two different ways. You can either opt into the current Steam client beta by going to Steam > Settings > Account and opting into the currently available beta OR you can try it out via your web browser....
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  • Destiny 2: Forsaken to Introduce Gambit Multiplayer Activity

    Destiny 2: Forsaken to Introduce Gambit Multiplayer Activity

    A new multiplayer "activity" for Destiny 2 coming with the Forsaken expansion is said to deliver an experience with an "upwards trajectory of fun." This is of course if you believe the remarks made by design lead Lars Bakken. He's talking about the new Gambit multiplayer activity which was revealed earlier today.
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  • Cayde-6 is Murdered in New Destiny 2: Forsaken Trailer

    Cayde-6 is Murdered in New Destiny 2: Forsaken Trailer

    Oh yeah, spoiler alert for Destiny 2: Forsaken or something. Not that it matters since Bungie themselves straight up shows the serial punster getting blasted in the face by Prince Emo* (*actual name Uldren Sov).
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  • Resident Evil 2 Remake Finally Revealed, Two New Trailers and Screenshots Included

    The remake and reimagined Resident Evil 2 has finally been revealed by Capcom. A trailer was shown off during Sony's E3 event tonight and hot damn does it ever look great.
    Resident Evil 2 is slated to be released on January 25, 2019 for the PlayStation...
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