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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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  • Valve Removes Revolver and Negev from Competitive Matchmaking in CS:GO Update

    Tonight's update for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive sees both the Revolver and Negev from Competitive Matchmaking as they go through "substantial revision." The full list of changes can be found below.

    Valve also announced the CS:GO "Collectible Five Year Veteran Coin" today. This is a physical release of the in-game coin and is only available for pre-orders to those that are actually five year veterans of the game. There is an FAQ if you need more information on this release. It looks like the coin will run you about $45 (USD).
    The Collectible Five Year Coin is made of die cast zinc alloy and comes in a wooden display box with a magnetic closure. Display it in the box (ready to hang on your wall) or standalone with the included acrylic display stand.

    Changelog for CS:GO for March 24, 2017
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  • New Map Canals Added to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

    New Map Canals Added to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

    Last night, Valve released a new content update for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. This update includes some fixes and added in the new Canals map. Of course, the Counter-Strike community already hates the map. In related news, the sky is blue.

    You can read up on the changes below or check out some of the highlighted content in the newest Global Offensive blog entry.


    Changelog for CS:GO for March 15, 2017...
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  • Steam No Longer Counts Review Scores from People Who Didn't Pay

    Steam No Longer Counts Review Scores from People Who Didn't Pay

    Have you received a game for free on Steam? Did you then review that game? If so, your review score no longer counts towards the game's overall score on Steam. Valve pushed out this rather substantial change to the Steam Customer Review system yesterday as a follow-up to changes they made back in September.
    With the changes we are making now, the review score (shown at the top of store pages and in various places throughout the store such as search results) will no longer include reviews by users that received the game for free, such as via a gift, or during a free weekend. Reviews can still be written by customers
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  • Valve Announces New Spacial Audio Technology - Steam Audio; Beta SDK Now Available

    Valve announced Steam Audio today. While this was mainly designed for VR applications, Steam Audio can have a number of uses in non-VR games and non-gaming applications.

    You can check out the Steam Audio SDK right now as a free beta.
    Steam Audio is the product of many years of academic and industry research and development, and is designed to enhance all interactive products, specifically VR applications. It is the next generation of the Phonon spatial audio tools previously developed by Impulsonic, which is now part of Valve. The Steam Audio SDK is available free of charge, without any royalty requirements. Supporting multiple platforms (Windows, Linux, macOS, Android), Steam Audio is not restricted to any particular VR device or to Steam.
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  • Valve Lowers Barrier to Entry for SteamVR Tracking Development

    Valve Lowers Barrier to Entry for SteamVR Tracking Development

    Valve announced tonight that they are nixing the requirement to attend a $3,000 training course for their SteamVR Tracking solution.
    After working with numerous third parties and updating the tools, Valve is opening more direct access to the technology and course work, available free of charge in English and Chinese. The full, in person training courses are still available for those interested. In addition, SteamVR base stations will be available from Valve later this year. SteamVR Tracking was first made available to third parties in August of last year, and over 500 companies have signed up. Developed in-house at Valve, SteamVR Track
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  • CS:GO Player Uses Exploit to Spam Chat and Avoid Kicks

    CS:GO Player Uses Exploit to Spam Chat and Avoid Kicks

    Reddit has made the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive community aware of a player (or players) that has been going around to servers, spamming chat, and avoiding being kicked.

    The user is on some sort of crusade to make Valve aware of cheaters in CS:GO by going about it in one of the most ass-backwards ways possible. All that Valve has done so far is provide a small solution to mitigate the exploit that the user is making use of. In the longer term Valve is "working on a solution" but they do not yet have an ETA on when that full fix will be deployed. The user has been going around and spamming walls of text in chat throug...
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  • Portal Writer Erik Wolpaw Leaves Valve

    Portal Writer Erik Wolpaw Leaves Valve

    Another amazing talent parted ways with Valve today. Erik Wolpaw, the writer best known for his work on the Portal games, both of the Half-Life 2 episodes, and Old Man Murray, has officially left Valve.

    Wolpaw was also a co-writer for Left 4 Dead. Prior to his work at Valve, Wolpaw helped to write Psychonauts with Double Fine Productions. Back in 2004, Wolpaw was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis and planned to quit Valve as he wouldn't be able to fulfill his duties due to a worsening condition. Gabe Newell surprised Wolpaw by saying that his job was to "get better" and sent Wolpaw on extended leave with pay in order to recover...
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  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Update for February 14, 2017

    Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Update for February 14, 2017

    Valve is showing a little love to Counter-Strike fans tonight with this update for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

    Changelog for CS:GO for February 14, 2017

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  • People Are Losing Their Minds Over Steam Direct Pricing That Hasn't Even Been Announced Yet

    People are absolutely losing their minds over a $5,000 fee that was merely mentioned in Valve's new blog posting about Steam Direct. Oh yeah, Valve announced Steam Direct today. Steam Direct is slated to completely replace Steam Greenlight. That's the good news!

    The bad news is that people are more focusing more on one particular aspect of today's announcement: Pricing. See, Valve asked developers how much they would be willing to pay to get their game added to Steam Direct. The prices they got back ranged from $100 to $5,000. Naturally, you can guess that everybody is focusing on that $5k figure and are making a mountain out of a molehill. See, Valve hasn't actually announced what their pricing structure is actually...
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  • Valve Working on Three "Full" VR Games

    Valve Working on Three "Full" VR Games

    Valve still wants people to know that they make video games. In a recent media round table event at Valve's Bellevue HQ, Gabe Newell stated that their studio is working on three full virtual reality titles.
    "Right now we're building three VR games."

    There you go, that's all the news.

    Naw, just kidding. He did say a bit more about these projects but not much more.
    "When I say we're building three games, we're building three full games, not experiments.(...) "One of the questions you might be asking is 'Why in the world would you be making hardware?' What we can do now is we can be designing hardware at the same time that we're designing software. "This is something that Miyamoto
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  • Steam Profiles Are Once Again Safe to Visit

    Steam Profiles Are Once Again Safe to Visit

    Earlier today, a warning came by telling users not to visit any Steam profile or even their own Activity Feed within Steam. This was actually a major security issue with how the "My Guides Showcase" parsed scripts that were placed within the title of guides.

    This allowed for code to be injected into anybody that put these malicious guides into their Showcase. This then made visiting affected profiles a security risk along with the Activity Feed that displayed these guides that friends added to their own Showcases.

    Valve has since fixed this exploit. An explanation of how the code worked was provided on Reddit.
    The "My Guides showcase" (multi-guide
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