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Steam has announced a new feature is now available for gamers to check out. The new feature is called Remote Play Together, and it gives players a way to play compatible games with up to four friends in split-screen. Steam notes that under ideal circumstances, more than four people can play at the same time. The coolest part is that only the host needs to own and install the gam; other players connect through Steam Remote Play streaming tech. The steps to joining the beta required to try out the new remote play feature include registering for the Steam beta. There are instructions on signing up for and downloading the Steam beta client can be found here. Once registered, players can invite friends... Read more...
Valve has lost a court case in France that could have an impact on its business moving forward across the European Union. Four years ago, Valve was sued by a French consumer organization called UFC-Que Choisir. The suit sought to force Valve to make several changes to Steam, with one of them being to allow gamers to sell the games they no longer played. Being stuck with a game that isn't what was expected or is no longer played is a big issue for many gamers. The suit was filed four years ago, and the court overseeing the case has finally made a ruling. The ruling was against Valve, and it has vowed to appeal the ruling. The High Court of Paris ruled against Valve finding that its defense that... Read more...
Steam is trying to fight its way back to more profits as its game sales are on the decline. To help turn the tide, the Steam Library has been updated with a new beta that is available for anyone to download and try. Valve says that the new library home gives users quicker access to game updates, recently played games, friends' activity, and collections. The new library beta makes updates and events easier to find with a click on an event taking users to all recent updates for that game. A new "Recent" shelf lets gamers pickup with the game they were last playing, and highlights games that were purchased recently. A large green button allows players to jump back into the action with a press. A... Read more...
When it comes to today's PC games, most new titles will cost you upwards of $60 if you want to purchase it the day of release. As the months (and years) pile on, that price often falls down to $20 or even lower if you're lucky. Such is the came with a racing simulator that hails from 2015: DiRT Rally. If you visit the Steam store today through tomorrow morning at 10:00am EST, you can grab that game for the low, low price of free. It might not be packing all of the latest graphics wonders like real-time ray tracing made possible by NVIDIA GeForce RTX graphics cards, but it still looks good on modern PCs despite its age. While DiRT Rally isn't a balls to the wall, hyper-realistic simulator,... Read more...
Steam has a big problem, and the problem is that game sales on its store are down significantly. To combat the downtrend in game sales Steam has launched what it calls the Store Discovery Update. The update has algorithmic changes and bug fixes for the store to "be more precise and more diverse" in how games are represented to shoppers in the Recommendation feed. The tweaks that Steam is making also impact the "More Like This" and "Recommended for You" sections. Steam notes that before the tweaks were made, when shoppers looked at games in their recommended feed, they didn't see as many different games as Steam wanted. Steam also admits that it received lots of feedback that the "Recommended... Read more...
The next hero for the game Dota 2 was announced during The International, which is the largest Dota 2 tournament in the world. While the tournament is running in Shanghai, with a massive $30 million prize pool, an unexpected announcement was made that the next hero for the game will be a freaky, wild grandmother riding on a dragon called Snapfire. Snapfire debuted with an official trailer that shows off some of her abilities and will launch this fall. She bakes cookies and talks about showing a little kindness on the battlefield but notes not all deserve kindness. It's hard to tell from the video if the cookies are to replenish energy lost in battle or if they grant special abilities. Snapfire... Read more...
Lucia and Poison and E.Honda, oh my! Valve accidentally leaked a trailer for the upcoming DLC for Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition. The leaked trailer revealed that Lucia, Poison, and E.Honda will be joining the roster of characters. Valve accidentally posted a trailer for the new Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition DLC on Steam this past Wednesday. They noted that there was a “mix-up in the publishing process” that “caused a trailer to go live on Steam ahead of schedule”. Valve has since apologized and remarked that they have “implemented measures to prevent this error from happening again.” Capcom, the video game developers behind Street Fighter, released the... Read more...
Valve has just launched its first battle pass for Dota Underlords, which is its own version of the popular Auto Chess mod for Dota 2. Appropriately called Proto Pass (because it is a prototype battle pass), beta testers can access the content for free, in hopes that they will provide feedback to Valve as it works on a proper Season 1 Battle Pass. "Like many aspects of the beta, the Proto Pass is a learning experience for the Underlords team—so please keep the feedback coming so that we can adjust plans for our Season 1 Battle Pass accordingly," Valve says. The Proto Pass introduces a few new things to the Dota Underlords equation. Chief among them is the ability to earn experience points... Read more...
Valve has come a long way since the days of Half-Life, which was revolutionary to gamers of a certain age when it was released in the late 90s. These days, Valve has its hands in many cookie jars including the Steam Store and Index VR headset. Gabe Newell was on hand at the Index launch event to taunt Half-Life fans about Half-Life 3, yet again. Newell was addressing the people gathered for the launch event and spent some time talking about what a breakthrough the Valve Index headset is. During the talk, Newell started in about how one thing leads to another. He said Half-Life led to Half-Life 2, Source led to Source 2, TeamFortress 2 led to Dota, and Artifact is why they were able to do Underlords.... Read more...
The Steam Summer Sale is underway, and a couple days ago we ran down twelve of the best games with the most significant discounts. Steam has a mechanic on the Summer Sale called the Steam Grand Prix that has been the source of lots of player and developer ire for its confusing and very complicated gameplay and instructions. Valve says that it has heard the feedback about the complexity of the Steam Grand Prix event and admits it designed something "pretty complicated" and with a bunch of numbers and rules that should have been more clear. Valve apologized for the confusion and for broken mechanics that have led to the event being unbalanced. Based on player feedback Steam made changes to the... Read more...
The Steam Summer Sale is underway, and kicked off yesterday, right on time with the leaked date we saw back in May. There are plenty of people that will tell you what games you should buy while they are on sale and if you need to round out your game library, this is the time to do it. There are some excellent deals among the list of games on the Steam Store. We will run down what we think are some of the best games you can get during the sale based on popularity and how big the discount is. Here are HotHardware's picks for the 12 top gaming deals for the Steam Summer Sale, in no particular order. Assassin's Creed Odyssey for $29.99, $30 off the regular price. Devil May Cry 5 for $39.59, $20.40... Read more...
Most of the world might be running Windows for the operating system on PCs, but there is a healthy contingent of folks who prefer Ubuntu Linux made by Canonical. Dell unveiled new workstations in May that run Ubuntu Linux specifically for that community. Canonical didn't make gamers happy when it announced that it would end support for 32-bit applications starting with the next release. Valve also announced that it was dropping support for Ubuntu in Steam. The gaming community rallied against Canonical's decision to end support for 32-bit applications with enough vigor that Canonical has reversed its decision. It has decided to support select 32-bit i386 packages for Ubuntu version 19.10 and... Read more...
Valve is making its own version of Auto Chess for Dota 2 on Steam, and the reaction so far is "mostly positive." Called Data Underlords, it is available as an Early Access title on Steam. Players have flocked to the game, with Dota Underlords peaking today at 188,079 concurrent players. That put its fourth on the list, behind Dota 2, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, and Counter Strike: Global Offensive. That is good company to be in, as it pertains to concurrent player count. And it is certainly proving more popular than Artifiact, the themed trading card came with a "mixed" rating based on more than 12,200 user reviews, and an "overwhelmingly negative" rating based on the 195 most recent ones.... Read more...
Yesterday, we brought you news that Valve's Steam Summer Sale is scheduled to kick off on June 25th according to leaked information. The upstart Epic Games Store is taking more than a few cues from Valve in how it operates its own storefront, and today has announced its first "epic" sales on digital games. Epic is labeling the promotion the "Mega Sale" and it is offering games at up to 75 percent off their regular price. In addition, the Mega Sale ensures that every game priced $14.99 or above is being discount by $10. So, if a regularly priced title was previously available for $14.99, you'll pay just $4.99 today. According to Epic, the $10 off promotion only applies... Read more...
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