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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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  • Steam Will Not Support Ubuntu 19.10 and Later

    Steam Will Not Support Ubuntu 19.10 and Later

    But will still support Linux.

    Valve is one of the big reasons why gaming on Linux has seen such a massive surge in recent years. One of the biggest pushes came not from specially created Linux builds of games, but from Proton, a fork of Wine that Valve released to allow for games to become playable on Linux that may not have native Linux support. At present, there are over 5,400 games that work through Steam on Linux thanks to Proton.

    Over the years, Valve has recommended...
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  • Valve Kicks Off Spring Cleaning Event

    Valve Kicks Off Spring Cleaning Event

    Play some old games before you buy new ones?

    Given that we already seem to know when the Steam Summer Sale will go live, it just makes sense that you should play and finish some of your back catalog first. That seems to be what Valve was thinking when they kicked off their Spring Cleaning Event today. This event rewards you for playing old games that have been sitting in your library, games you haven't played yet, and even some new, free games they're offering for the duration of this...
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  • Valve Reveals the Top Steam Releases for April 2019

    Valve Reveals the Top Steam Releases for April 2019

    I guess this is a thing now.

    Valve just revealed the top selling games on Steam for April 2019. They compiled a list of the 20 best selling games that were released just in April 2019 alone and only through Steam. Duh.

    Alright, let's check out those games then, yeah?

    20. Totally Accurate Battle Simulator
    19. Super Dragon Ball Heroes World Mission
    ...
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  • Valve Releases Stand-alone Steam Chat App for Mobile

    Valve Releases Stand-alone Steam Chat App for Mobile

    As Facebook has Messenger, Steam has Steam Chat.

    Valve just released the new Steam Chat application for both iOS and Android mobile devices. This is a new stand-alone app that allows you to have all of the features of Steam chat in a more lightweight application.

    If you're still confused, maybe this will make it a bit easier to understand. You know how there is the bloated Facebook app for mobile phones? And you know how Facebook has a private messaging system that they...
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  • You Can Now Play Your Steam Library on iOS Devices

    You Can Now Play Your Steam Library on iOS Devices

    Steam Link now available on App Store.

    Valve continues to expand the ways in which you can play your game library. Today, iOS users can now play their desktop based Steam library on any modern iOS device. The studio released their Steam Link application through the App Store, allowing you to stream your desktop titles to devices like your iPhone. Other supported devices include the iPad and even Apple TV.

    So long as your device meets the following requirements, you should...
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  • 'DOTA Underlords' Trademarked by Valve

    'DOTA Underlords' Trademarked by Valve

    It's probably DOTA Auto Chess.

    Valve was given a new trademark this week. This trademark is for an upcoming "computer game" called DOTA Underlords. Literally nothing else is known about this title. There is speculation that it may be the name of Valve's standalone release of DOTA Auto Chess, but that's as much of a guess as anything else.

    For all we know, it could be a VR title, something to do with Artifact, or something completely unexpected....
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  • Valve Index VR Headset - Releases June 28 at $1,000 for the Full Package

    Valve Index VR Headset - Releases June 28 at $1,000 for the Full Package


    VR enthusiasts and VR hopefuls, I do hope you were sitting down when you read that headline. Valve announced the full details about their upcoming virtual reality headset that they're calling the Valve Index.

    The Index now has an official release date, a full list of specifications, and even a set of confirmed prices. There are also a list of games that have been updated to include support for the new Index controllers. It's an impressive bit of hardware, without a doubt, but...
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  • Valve Being Sued by Native American Nation Over Skins Gambling

    Valve Being Sued by Native American Nation Over Skins Gambling


    Native American Quinault Tribal Nation members have filed a lawsuit in the state of Washington against Valve over skins gambling. The group accuses Valve of participating in "unethical, oppressive, and unscrupulous business conduct."

    The plaintiffs own and operate the Quinault Beach Resort and Casino. They argue that Valve has engaged in unfair competition with legally licensed gambling operations. Valve does not have a license to conduct gambling operations. The lawsuit argues that because Valve does not have a gambling license they are illegally facilitating gambling through the trade of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive skins ...
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  • European Commission Demands Valve to Stop Geo-blocking Games in EU, Valve Issues Response


    Early this morning, the European Commission (EC) issued an official "statements of objections" today towards Valve, Bandai Namco, Capcom, Focus Home, Koch Media, and ZeniMax. The EC claims that all of these companies are involved in anti-trust violations by placing geographic restrictions (geo-blocking/geo-locking) on the games that they sell.

    The EC says that these companies have geo-blocked Steam activation keys for games sold throughout Eastern Europe. Some of these...
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  • Vertigo Sucks a Little Less After Today's CS:GO Update

    Vertigo Sucks a Little Less After Today's CS:GO Update

    Valve just rolled out a fresh update for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive this evening that makes some adjustments to three maps. These maps are none other than Vertigo, Nuke, and Abbey. The biggest changes tonight hit Vertigo and Abbey, with Nuke receiving only little bitty fix.

    As always, the update will be automatically applied via Steam....
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  • More Details About the Valve Index VR Headset Revealed

    More Details About the Valve Index VR Headset Revealed


    It's no real secret that Valve has been working on a new in-house first-party VR headset. Images of their development units were seen back in July 2018. Just this past week, a special page on the Steam Store was discovered that makes it very clear Valve is almost ready to start selling their VR hardware to the world.

    The page on Steam tells us that their headset is called the Valve Index and that we can expect to see additional details starting May 2019. That was pretty much...
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