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Microsoft Confirms Free Online Multiplayer for Halo Infinite

Confirmed after a short bout as a rumor.

Microsoft confirmed the short-lived rumor that Halo Infinite would have free multiplayer. Not only that, but they also confirmed that Halo Infinite, at least the multiplayer component, will support 120fps on Xbox Series X. I'm sure that will also hold true for the PC release as well. Sorry Xbox One owners, you can't handle all those delicious frames. ...
 

Valve Cracks Down on Using VPNs to Buy Games Cheaper

This should hopefully lead to more fair regional pricing.

For several years now, users were able to make use of a loophole that allowed them to buy games for cheaper if purchased from certain regions. Users were able to trick Steam into thinking they lived in one region where a price of a game was more favorable to them due to exchange rates. This had the unfortunate side-effect of developers and publishers having to increase prices in these regions to put a stop to those using VPNs...
 

Halo Infinite 4K Gameplay and New Screenshots

Halo Infinite running at 4K 60FPS on the Xbox Series X.

Microsoft and 343 Industries showed off quite a bit of Halo Infinite today as part of the Xbox Games Showcase. The show opener included a lengthy gameplay segment, which you can now see below.

Halo Infinite is in development for the Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC. You can actually add it to your Steam Wishlist right now. Halo Infinite is expected to be released this Holiday season. ...
 

Mafia: Definitive Edition 4K Gameplay Reveal

First look at gameplay.


The first look at the gameplay for Mafia: Definitive Edition was just revealed. Not only do we get a look at the gameplay for the first time, but it's presented in 4K resolution for those with monitors or televisions that support that resolution.

Mafia: Definitive Edition will be released on September 25, 2020. This follows a short delay that hit the game once already that pushed the game from an August release. ...
 

Metacritic Finally Does Away with Day One User Scores

Perhaps done in an effort to suppress user score review bombing.

According to a new report by Paul Tassi, via Forbes, Metacritic seems to be doing away with allowing users to submit scores on games until at least a day after release. Tassi notes that user scores for the just released Ghost of Tsushima only has critical scores posted for the game. The user scores are currently showing a message that user reviews will be permitted starting July 18 at 12PM (PT).

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  • August 2018 Free Games Announced for Games with Gold and PlayStation Plus

    August 2018 Free Games Announced for Games with Gold and PlayStation Plus

    The full free games lineup for both Xbox's Games with Gold and PlayStation Plus have finally been revealed for August 2018. Let's start with the Xbox games first.

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  • Valve's Artifact Arrives November 28 for $20

    Valve's Artifact Arrives November 28 for $20

    Valve announced today that they will have their DOTA inspired Trading Card Game (TCG), Artifact, available to play at PAX West 2018.
    Players will battle each other in a continuous, single-elimination gauntlet for the right to challenge a champion on the main stage. Everyone who plays will earn Artifact merchandise, including signed prints of artwork and two keys for free copies of the game when it is released.
    Not only that, but Valve announced a November 28, 2018 release date for Ar...
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  • New Steam Chat is Live, Delivering Tons of New Features and a Fresh Look

    New Steam Chat is Live, Delivering Tons of New Features and a Fresh Look

    Valve has officially released the non-beta version of the new Steam Chat. The new chat has been in beta since June 12 and has undergone a significant number of improvements and fixes since that initial rollout.

    The new Steam Chat makes it easier to "chat and play games with your Steam friends." It makes it a lot easier to form chat groups with those you play with often....
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  • Panorama UI Update Updated for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

    Panorama UI Update Updated for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

    Valve just rolled out an update for the Panorama UI that is still being actively worked on for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

    It's just the latest in a string of recent updates to tackle various issues testers have encountered with Panorama UI since its release into beta about a month back.

    Changelog for CS:GO for July 13, 2018

    Panorama
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  • Valve Updates Dota Plus with Special Summer Update

    Valve Updates Dota Plus with Special Summer Update

    Back in March, Valve announced and released Dota Plus, a subscription service that they called an "evolution of the Majors Battle Pass." It featured a bunch of perks not available to non-subscribers but things kind of fell quiet for a number of months.

    Today, that silence was broken with today's update for Dota 2 that includes a special Summer update for Dota Plus subscribers.

    Changelog for Dota 2 and Dota Plus for July 11, 2018

    Dota Plus
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  • Valve Looking into "Better" Steam Spy Alternative

    Valve Looking into "Better" Steam Spy Alternative

    In April of this year, Valve started to change up the privacy settings for all Steam users. By default, all Steam users had their game libraries set to private. As a side-effect of this move, this left services like Steam Spy having to close up shop as they could no longer provide accurate data for public consumption. Now, Valve says that they're personally working on an alternative to Steam Spy. Specifically, they're making "something better than Steam Spy." This information was shared ...
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  • Valve Talks About SteamVR Skeletal Input and New Knuckles EV2 Controllers

    Valve Talks About SteamVR Skeletal Input and New Knuckles EV2 Controllers

    Valve just showed off their new SteamVR Skeletal Input system that aims to more accurately replicate what a player's hand and body are doing in a virtual environment.
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  • ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier 2018 Begins July 21

    ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier 2018 Begins July 21

    Turner and IMG announced that their fifth non-major Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament, ELEAGUE CS:GO Premiere 2018, will begin its live coverage on July 21 at 2PM (ET).

    You will be able to watch all of the action from the ELEAGUETV Twitch channel, B/R Live, or through the Game Command mosaic video player. TV coverage via TBS will begin on Friday, August 24.
    During the Group Stage, held Saturday, July 21-Wednesday, July 25, the top eight-ranked teams in the
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  • Panorama UI Finally Comes to CS:GO Today

    Panorama UI Finally Comes to CS:GO Today

    It's been a long, long wait for the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive community, but the wait is about to pay off. Starting today, Valve is launching a preview of the new Panorama UI for CS:GO. This is the most significant change to the CS:GO UI since the game launched in 2012.

    You can opt into the Panorama CS:GO beta right now. To try it out:...
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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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  • Valve and Perfect World Announce Steam China

    Valve and Perfect World Announce Steam China

    Live in China? Want to use Steam? Here is Steam China courtesy of Valve and Perfect World.
    Perfect World Zhengqi (Shanghai) Multimedia Technology Co., Ltd. and Perfect World Game Co., Ltd., two wholly owned subsidiaries of Perfect World Co., Ltd., and Valve Corporation announced an extension of their ongoing partnership to begin work on Steam China, which will provide Chinese gamers and developers with a new way to access Steam's expansive selection of games and entertainment. No
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