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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 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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  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Update Cuts Back on Nuke Fog (October 17, 2013)

    The October 17,. 2013 update for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive includes a number of improvements to the UI and GOTV. Most apparent is change made to the fog on de_nuke.

    Changelog for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive for October 17, 2013

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    - de_nuke: Decreased fog

    UI - Added Streams tab to Watch menu. - Friends rich presence now also includes the map if they are reviewing a match from their Match History. - Fixed being able to invite and message yourself in the Watch menu scoreboard. - Fixed hitches that would happen when updating match data in Watch menu. - Reduced memory footprint of Inventory menu. - Added warning that will show when you have have a corrupt download from Your Games ta
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  • Valve Gives a Video Demonstration of the Steam Controller

    Valve Gives a Video Demonstration of the Steam Controller

    Valve is offering up gamers a quick look at a variety of games being played with the Steam Controller prototype. This is the same prototype design that will ship to the 300 lucky Steam users later this year.

    Here's a quick look at some games being played with the prototype version of the Steam Controller -- the same version that we'll be shipping to 300 Steam users later this year. We'll post more demonstrations like this soon, including footage of some other game developers using the controller to play their own games.
    More information can be found right here on TGN (as it's made public) or through ...
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  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Update Fixes Grenade Physics and Adds Live Spectator Mode - October 10, 2013

    Tonight's update for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive addresses a few fairly significant issues. First up is a fix for how grenade physics interactions are handled when they hit players. The other is an improved bomb planting animation. In addition to these fixes, the CS:GO team added a Watch menu that lets you spectate live matches, similar to what is done with Dota 2!
    GAMEPLAY - Improved grenade physics interaction with player models. Grenades bounce off player hitboxes instead of the overall player bounding volume. - Improved bomb-planting player animation to prevent unintentionally standing when the plant completes. (Thanks Friberg!). - Re-added support for alternate firing accuracy. This effectively buffs burst fire
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  • Fall 2013 Keys Released for Your Team Fortress 2 Nuts and Gourds - Update for October 10, 2013

    An update was just released for Team Fortress 2 that adds in Fall 2013 keys for the Acorn Crate and the Gourd Crate.

    Changelog for Team Fortress 2 for October 10, 2013

    - Added the Fall 2013 Acorns Crate Key - Added the Fall 2013 Gourd Crate Key - Automated craft bots can no longer craft high-value items (i.e., hats) - Fixed Nessie's Nine Iron missing gameplay description - Fixed exploit that allowed dead players to attack living players - Fixed disguised Blue team Spies showing blue health particles over their heads when disguised as the Red team - Fixed the Sandvich meter being drawn in the HUD when the Sandvich is not equipped - Fixed a
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  • Valve Announces Steam Dev Days Conference

    Valve Announces Steam Dev Days Conference

    In January 2014, Valve is going to hold a Steam Dev Days conference in Seattle, Washington. This two-day long conference is for videogame professionals to meet up in a "relaxed, off the record environment to share design and industry expertise."

    Entry fee is $95 per person but a couple of the hotels around the area are offering up discounts for the event.
    Steam Dev Days is a by invitation, two-day conference where video game professionals can meet in a relaxed, off the record environment to share design and industry expertise, participate in roundtable discussions, and attend lectures by industry veterans. Topics wil
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  • Steam Client Update Released (October 7, 2013)

    Steam Client Update Released (October 7, 2013)

    An update has come out today for the Steam client. It includes some performance improvements and more.

    Changelog for Steam client for October 7, 2013

    Steam
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  • European Half-Life 3 Trademark is Allegedly Fake

    European Half-Life 3 Trademark is Allegedly Fake

    The news we recently had up (well, we did prior to the script kiddie shenanigans) about the trademark filing for Half-Life 3 is allegedly not true. Valvetime discovered that the trademark that was filed with the Trademarks and Design Registration Office of the European Union (OHIM) has been removed.

    It was listed for only about a week before being removed. However, the weird thing now is that a listing for Portal 3 has gone up just two days ago on October 2. Granted, this filing should also be believed as much as the last filing was. It is, much like the Half-Life 3 filing, probably the work of people playing...
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  • Valve Releases Details on Steam Machine Prototype Hardware

    Valve Releases Details on Steam Machine Prototype Hardware

    If you're one of the lucky 300 who will get to test drive the Steam Machine prototypes, Valve has just revealed what hardware you should expect to see.
    So for our own first prototype Steam Machine ( the one we're shipping to 300 Steam users ), we've chosen to build something special. The prototype machine is a high-end, high-performance box, built out of off-the-shelf PC parts. It is also fully upgradable, allowing any user to swap out the GPU, hard drive, CPU, even the motherboard if you really want to. Apart from the custom enclosure, anyone can go and build exactly the same machine by shopping for components and assembling it themselves. And we expect that at least a few
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  • Team Fortress 2 Update Includes Two New Fall Crates (October 2, 2013)

    Team Fortress 2 Update Includes Two New Fall Crates (October 2, 2013)

    An update was just released for Team Fortress 2. Included in the update are two new Fall crates and a new promotional item, The Grandmaster.

    Changelog for Team Fortress 2 for October 2, 2013

    - Added the Fall 2013 Acorns Crate #72 - Added the Fall 2013 Gourd Crate #73 - Added a new promo item: The Grandmaster - Fixed several bugs that would cause inconsistent behavior when switching between or modifying loadout presets - Fixed a bug that would cause modifying (i.e., painting, renaming) an item to break loadout presets involving that item - Fixed the Ubersaw taunt attack using the incorrect deathnotice image - Fixed the Demoman charge sound being clipped by the w
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  • Valve Files for Half-Life 3 Trademark as Private Tracker Reveals 46 Developers Assigned to Half-Life 3 Development

    Earlier today, it was noticed by those at NeoGAF that Valve has indeed filed for a trademark on Half-Life 3.


    In addition, a tool used by Valve to show which staff are assigned to which project was discovered as being public just about an hour ago. The tool showed that 46 developers are assigned to Half-Life 3 with 71 developers assigned to Left 4 Dead 3.


    Things are getting exciting now!...
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