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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'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 Artifact. It will sell for $19.99 (USD) and will be available for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS. You can keep up on the latest ...
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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 by Valve's head of business development, Jan-Peter Ewert, in a presentation he gave at the Russian White Nights conference. Independent developer Michael Kuzmin asked if Valve pl...
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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.
    Team HLTV World Ranking (as of May 21) Country
    Astralis No. 1 Denmark
    FaZe Clan No. 2 E.U.
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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 release date for Steam China has been announced. Steam China will extend the strategic cooperation between the two parties that began
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  • Valve Sends Cease and Desist to CS:GO Skin Trade Website OPSkins

    Valve Sends Cease and Desist to CS:GO Skin Trade Website OPSkins

    Earlier today, Valve sent a cease and desist request to OPSkins, a website that lives and thrives off of the off-site betting, buying, and selling of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive skins. Valve even went so far as to make a news post about what they did today via the Counter-Strike website.
    For the last two years, Valve has enforced our Steam Subscriber Agreement terms as described in this post.

    In March 2018, we applied a seven-day trade cooldown to CS:GO trades, to fight fraud and misuse of Steam Accounts.

    On June 6, OPSkins launched ExpressTrade, which uses Valve intellectual property and violates our Steam Subscriber Agreement, and is already being used by other businesses to avoid Valve policies. Today we messaged OPSkins to cease us
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