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  1. The loco steam-powered Black Pearl motorcycle from Revatu Customs The Black Pearl constructed by Revatu Customs blends a motorbike with a locomotive The Black Pearl was unveiled at the Bigtwin Bike Show in Rosmalen, Holland, next to a poster of Captain Jack Sparrow. But unlike the legendary sea vessel of the silver screen, this Black Pearl is a land vehicle powered by a steam engine. Constructed by Dutch company Revatu Customs, the two-wheeled locomotive is a fully functioning motorcycle, albeit a slow one. Staying faithful to the Train Wreck’s design, van Tuil built a motorcycle whose locomotive inspiration is obvious from every angle. The final transmission, an exposed crankshaft rotating the rear wheel by means of an eccentric pivot, mimics a steam train’s engine both mechanically and visually. Adding a bell and a steam horn doesn't steer the mind away from trains either. A setup more familiar to the typical motorcyclist can be found at the front, where two shock absorbers connect the steering to the wheel through a trailing link structure, housing a drum brake assigned with the task of stopping the beast. Go to source for tons of Pics!
  2. Microsoft has been criticized for being overly aggressive in its attempts to push Windows 10 onto consumers, but to the company's credit, it continues to gain market share. That is especially true among gamers—usage among Steam users is now at 51.2 percent combined for both 64-bit (50.15) and 32-bit (1.05) builds in the month of March. That's a jump of nearly 2.5 percent from the prior month. In other words, more than half of all Steam users are rocking a Windows 10 PC. The next closest is Windows 7, which accounts for systems owned by around a third (34.74 percent) of Steam users. Windows 8/8.1 is the only other operating system with a somewhat significant share of the Steam community, albeit it's less than 1 in 10 users (8.98 percent). Windows XP and Vista holdouts barely register a blip on the radar at 1.04 percent combined. It's not too surprising that gamers are adopting Windows 10 faster than the general public. Windows 10 is the only OS that supports Microsoft's low-level DirectX 12 API. The promise of DX12 is that it can deliver big performance gains, as the API gives developers deeper access to hardware resources that were previously off limits. In building or upgrading systems, gamers have a vested interest in being sure their setups are DX12-capable. Supporting this notion is another statistic—nearly three-fourths (74.76 percent) of Steam users own a DX12 GPU. That number has been steadily rising over the past several months and is up from 71.06 percent in November of last year. Microsoft also did itself a solid by offering free upgrades to Windows 7 and 8/8.1 users for the first year. Technically the free upgrade period is now expired, though it's still open to users with accessibility needs. This is not something Microsoft actively polices, so undoubtedly there are some users without accessibility needs who are still upgrading to Windows 10 at no cost. Source
  3. This is what Fences can do for you on the desktop Fences is currently one of the top desktop organization tools for Windows users, and parent company Stardock is trying to make it as widely available as possible, so today it’s rolling out the application on Steam. Making Fences available for Steam users is supposed to boost adoption especially among gamers, who could discover the benefits of using a desktop organization program to keep things organized regardless of their Windows version. Stardock says it turned to Steam because other titles that it launched on Valve’s gaming platforms were quite successful, so it makes sense for the company to release Fences here too. “We’re already known for games like the Galactic Civilizations series on Steam,” Stardock CEO Brad Wardell explained today. “Our software has always been sold elsewhere. We think that gamers, streamers, creatives, and the types of people drawn to Steam could really benefit from some of our applications, and that’s why we’re starting with Fences.” Trial version also available The application will be available for Steam users with a $9.99 price tag, and if you are interested in giving it a try, you can download Fences for Windows from Softpedia to test drive it for 30 days. For those who are unfamiliar with Fences, this is a super-helpful tool that helps users keep things organized on the desktop by creating separate groups of icons that can be moved around and marked individually. There are tons of configuration settings and you can even hide icons on the desktop should you want it to be completely clean. Fences comes with support for Windows 10 and also works on high DPI monitors, while also including some exclusive features for Microsoft’s most recent desktop operating system, such as wallpaper blurring behind fences. Without a doubt, Fences is worth a try, so you can get the trial to discover what it’s up to or watch the video below to see the application in action in Windows. Source
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  6. Civilization VI Launches for Linux & SteamOS, AMD GPUs Not Officially Supported Users can install the game right now from Steam If you already bought the game and you've been waiting to play it on your Linux box, read no more and fire up Steam right now to install the game. Done? Good, and now we'd like to inform you about the system requirements. According to Aspyr Media, who ported the game to Linux/SteamOS in quite a remarkable time frame, you'll need a PC powered by an Intel Core i3 530 or AMD A8-3870 CPU running at 2.93 GHz or higher, with 6 GB RAM and 15GB free disk space. Of course, the Linux operating system of choice is Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) or SteamOS 2.0, and it is recommended to have a Nvidia GeForce 650 or better graphics card with 1 GB VRAM or more. Unfortunately, ATI/AMD Radeon and Intel graphics cards are not officially supported, but Aspyr Media said on Twitter that the game is playable on these GPUs, though users might experience some issues with either AMDGPU-PRO or Mesa graphics drivers. "If you don't meet the above system requirements, that does NOT mean you wont be able to run Civilization VI. If we know anything about the Linux community, its that you all find a way to make something work on your specific distro and comparable hardware sets," said the developers. At the moment, the company has no idea when or if AMD Radeon GPUs will be officially supported for playing Sid Meier’s Civilization VI, but fingers cross, and don't hesitate to install the Mesa 17 drivers from the Padoka or Oibaf PPA for the best gaming experience. The "Best Strategy Game" is now available on Linux Sid Meier’s Civilization VI is the latest installment to the Civilization franchise, developed by Firaxis Games and published by 2K Games. In 2016 it won the "Best Strategy Game" award during The Game Awards annual awards ceremony. We invite you to watch the official launch trailer below, and if the game finished downloading, we'll leave you to enjoy every single minute of it, because, after all, it's the best strategy game we've ever played. Have fun! Source
  7. Stats show Windows 10 is losing share on the gaming platform The free Windows 10 upgrade promo that Microsoft offered in the first 12 months after the launch of the operating system had a massive contribution to its growth, especially in the gaming industry where the majority of users upgraded their computers. On Valve’s Steam, for example, Windows 10 improved at a really fast pace, overtaking Windows 7 as the number one operating system for PC gaming. But figures provided by the company for the month of January 2017 reveal something that almost nobody could see coming: Windows 10 has started declining just when it was so close to reaching 50 percent share. Specifically, Windows 10 dropped 0.48 percent last month to 48.49 percent, but it continues to remain the preferred desktop operating system right now on the gaming platform. Windows 7 64-bit is the runner-up with 29.74 percent, up 0.72 percent over the previous month, while Windows 8.1 64-bit is far behind with 8.14 percent, down 0.31 percent. The 32-bit version of Windows 10 lost market share as well and is currently at 1.18 percent, down 0.04 percent from December 2016. Windows 10 Creators Update to boost Windows 10 adoption Overall, Windows continues to be the top desktop operating system for gaming, and it actually experienced an increase of 0.04 percent last month to 95.79 percent. The upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update is expected to generate a new increase in terms of Steam share for the operating system, as it will bring several gaming improvements, including a so-called Game Mode that would optimize available resources for bigger frame rate. The Game Mode is already implemented in the existing preview builds of Windows 10 Creators Update, but it should only be released to everyone with the Creators Update. At this point, it’s still in its early days, so it makes almost no difference in terms of gaming performance, but Microsoft promises that when it becomes available for stable users, noticeable boosts should be noticed. In the meantime, the number of users who pick Windows 10 for gaming is apparently declining, but it’s hard to believe that Windows 7 itself would ever return to being the leading choice for Steam users. Source
  8. Valve And Game Publishers Face EU Probe For Geo-Blocking, ASUS For Online Price-Fixing Valve, the company behind games distribution platform Steam, is being investigated by EU antitrust regulators. Agreements in place between Valve and five game publishers that implement geo-blocking in titles could breach European competition rules. Valve, alongside Bandai Namco, Capcom, Focus Home, Koch Media and ZeniMax, is under investigation to determine whether the practice of restricting access to games and prices based on location is legal. At the same time the European Commission is launching an investigation into ASUS, Denon & Marantz, Philips and Pioneer for price manipulation. The investigation into the four electronics manufacturers centers around the fact that the companies restricted the ability of online retailers to set their own pricing for goods. European investigators say: "The effect of these suspected price restrictions may be aggravated due to the use by many online retailers of pricing software that automatically adapts retail prices to those of leading competitors. As a result, the alleged behavior may have had a broader impact on overall online prices for the respective consumer electronics products." Announcing the investigation into geo-blocking, the European Commission says: Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said: "E-commerce should give consumers a wider choice of goods and services, as well as the opportunity to make purchases across borders. The three investigations we have opened today focus on practices where we suspect companies are trying to deny these benefits for consumers." The Commission says that the investigations have been launched "on its own initiative", and there is no word on how long they may take to complete. Source
  9. Just ahead of the weekend Valve released a new Steam Client with a number of worthwhile user friendly tweaks and changes. Many Steam users will just accept these updates without reading through the reams of release notes, but if you do that you could miss out on some genuinely useful new features of the client. Among the most welcome changes were; easy movement of game folders around your computer drive(s), and more extensive / better controller support. The main changes were as follows: Updated Web control to Chromium v56.0.2924.10 Account email and password wizards are now web based and offer usability and recovery improvements Game install folders can be moved to other Steam Library folders under Properties / Local Files Improved download/update error messages when game files are locked by other programs Improved error message when you fail to install a game and don't have enough disk space due to user quotas Added 'Repair' option for Steam Library Folders to fix Windows user access rights Support for including log files and crash dumps in system reports when submitting some types of help requests The new way of moving game folders is very quick and simple - and available right from the client interface. To move a game's files you just highlight a game in your library and right click it, select 'Properties', then select the 'local files' tab. From there you can choose the 'move install folder' option and navigate to a destination folder. On my system I had to first create a new Steam Library Folder (View>Settings>Downloads) on a different drive to provide drop down menu move options. You are limited to moving one game at a time this way. The client update brought along a good lump of extra controller support too. Valve added XBox 360, Xbox One, and Generic X-Input controller configurator support which it explained "allows all recognized controller types to use the advanced mapping features of the Steam Controller Configurator". Furthermore, support for third party PS4 controllers and flight sticks was added. As with the main client, a series of bug fixes was delivered in the controller support software. You can read more on the Steam community website. View: Original Article
  10. Valve Finally Makes Steam Work Out-of-the-Box with Open-Source Graphics Drivers Also introduces idle detection and updates the Vulkan loader The new Steam Client Beta update brings quite a lot of changes (see them all in the changelog attached at the end of the story), but we're very interested in the Linux ones, which appears to let Steam work out-of-the-box with open-source graphics drivers on various modern GNU/Linux distributions, while implementing a new setting for older ones to improve the interaction between Steam's runtime and system's host libraries. "Improved interactions between the Steam runtime and host distribution libraries, which should let Steam work out of the box with open-source graphics drivers on modern distributions. If using an older distribution or running into problems, use STEAM_RUNTIME_PREFER_HOST_LIBRARIES=0 to revert to previous behavior," reads the release notes. Vulkan loader updated to enable Xlib support, idle detection added Additionally, Valve implemented idle detection for Linux platforms, automatically switching the friend status in the built-in chat to Away/Snooze when you're not at pressing any buttons on your PC, improves keyboard and mice support for Vulkan apps when using the Overlay, as well as the Vulkan loader to enable Xlib support. It also looks like the close-to-tray behavior is now unified with other platforms besides Steam OS. Users can now use the "STEAM_FRAME_FORCE_CLOSE=0" setting to force the Steam Client to close to tray on GNU/Linux distributions that don't offer a proper system tray area. Other than that, the new Steam Client Beta update addresses some DRI3-related crashes with open-source graphics drivers by shipping with an updated libxcb library, and adds a bunch of Steam Controller improvements. All these goodies and much more are coming soon to the Steam Client when a new stable build will be released. Again, you can view all the improvements in the changelog attached below, and if you can't wait until the new stable version arrives, you can switch right now to the Beta channel in the General section of the Setting dialog, but please try to keep in mind that this is a pre-release build. Steam Client Beta Changelog: Source
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  12. Steam Controller Works Again with Older Udev Rules in Latest Steam Client Beta Upgrade your rules to allow Steam to access /dev/hidraw* The fact of the matter is that there's only once change in today's Steam Client Beta release for the day of December 9, 2016, and it makes the Steam Controller device work again with the older udev rules. To support future functionalities of the Steam Controller, which Valve is known to implement all the time to make it the best gaming controller for Steam users, the company recommends upgrading the rules to allow Steam to access /dev/hidraw*. "The Steam Controller works again with the older udev rules - upgrading your rules to allow Steam access to /dev/hidraw* is recommended for future feature support: http://steamcommunity.com/app/353370/discussions/0/490123197956024380/," reads the announcement. In-Home Streaming now supports NvFBC with the latest Nvidia video driver As mentioned before, this is the fourth Steam Client Beta update released this week, and the other three brought some interesting features as well, such as support for the NvFBC capture method with the latest Nvidia graphics driver to the In-Home Streaming feature in the Steam Client Beta update for December 7. SteamVR received attention as well in the December 7 Steam Client Beta update, improving the navigation when using the Steam dashboard with the Oculus Touch controller, and it looks like the December 8 Steam Client Beta update fixed a hang at startup if a controller is connected. Lastly, the Steam Client Beta update for December 5, 2016, improved the Web control functionality to fix a SSL loading failure, addressed various XAudio2 games that failed to create audio devices when launched, and fixed Camera Popping when attempting to mode shift the Camera input on games that are natively supported. Source
  13. Random Steam Keys (Full Version) - Full Version Steam Games Promo by Chip.de Links: Offer: http://www.chip.de/downloads/Random-Steam-Key-Vollversion_99958686.html Note: Limited Period Offer. The first 40,000 CHIP-reader will receive a random game completely free of charge. Current Status - Open. Steps - Software to Get Steam Key: Steps - Redeem on Steam: To be able to Key in to Steam to redeem, you must first have a user account on the game platform. You can create an account or login using Steam - Official Website. In addition, the Steam Client must be installed on your System. You can download from the below. After launching the Client, you will be able to redeem the Key: Once you have installed the Steam client, launch the client and enter your login credentials. When you are logged into your account, click the button in the bottom left corner that says "+ ADD A GAME…" to register the product key to your account. Note: YOU CAN ONLY REGISTER STEAM KEYS THROUGH THE STEAM PROGRAM, NOT THE WEBSITE! THERE IS NO "+ADD A GAME..." ON THE STEAM WEBSITE ANYWHERE! In the pop-up window, select the "Activate a Product on Steam" option. This will open up a new window. Follow the prompts, and paste or enter the numerical key you copied from your download page into the "Product Code" field. Hit "NEXT>." If your key is valid, Steam will accept it and you will be taken to your library where you will be able to download and play your newly registered game! Note: If the key extends beyond the reach of the key field on your download page, simply double-click inside the field to select the whole key. This way, regardless of how much of the key looks to be cut off, you will copy the whole thing! From your LIBRARY tab you can see all games registered to your Steam account. You can then select a game and it will bring up a splash page with a large INSTALL button you can click on to install your games. Once your games are installed, the Install button will change to a PLAY button! And that's how register your product keys to Steam! Hopefully this information will help so you can get right to playing your game! Optional Guide and Troubleshoot: https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?ref=7480-WUSF-3601 Downloads: Giveaway - Installer[Chip.de] From the giveaway promo page, click on blue button "Download Vollversion" and then click on ">> Download-Server CHIP Online" to initiate the download. Steam Client: Linux: https://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/client/installer/steam.deb Win: https://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/client/installer/SteamSetup.exe Mac: https://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/client/installer/steam.dmg More Advent Kalender Giveaways:
  14. A Linux Based Modular Gaming Console To Run Windows Games A modular console with high-end PC config that runs Windows games on Linux based OS. What else can you ask for? What’s the Achilles’ heel for Linux users? Let me point that out for you. It’s gaming on Linux. Don’t get me wrong. Gaming on Linux has improved significantly in recent years, thanks to the effort of companies like Steam, Feral Interactive and GOG.com. We even have Linux distributions specifically for gaming. In addition to that. Steam has launched its own gaming console range in the form of Steam Machines. These gaming consoles are basically PC hidden inside the casket of a gaming console. But even with all these, gaming on Linux nowhere close to gaming on Windows. Can this scenario be changed? Meet Project Novatio : A hybrid gaming console and PC Things don’t improve by itself, one has to make the effort. This motto resulted in the birth of Project Novatio. A brainchild of hardcore gamers and Linux lovers who want to bring them together. So what exactly is Project Novatio? It’s an upcoming project, based in Italy, that is working on a modular gaming console. This console will run a custom Linux distribution called NovOS and it will be ‘able to play all Steam games, including the Windows ones’, claims Project engineer Samuele Bagalà. The concept is very similar to Steam machine. So you have got a PC inside the body of a console. You might be aware that most hardcore gamers prefer PC over consoles because PCs have better hardware and can be upgraded easily. That’s not possible with consoles. Keeping this in mind, Project Novatio will provide a modular console. This means that you can easily customize your console by swapping its parts and upgrading it as per your desire and need. This gives Novatio an edge over the other consoles because Novatio has the configuration of a high-end gaming PC which can be easily upgraded in future. Modular console lets you upgrade parts How can it play Windows games on a Linux OS? That’s the biggest claim made by Project Novatio. And I know you would be curious to know exactly how can they run Windows games on Linux? When I enquired about it, Samuele told me that the Windows games execution is made possible thanks to a chip which is settled on the motherboard that converts the Windows software and fit them to Linux. They are trying to get a patent for it. Novatio features To summarize the features promised in Novatio: Modular console High end PC configuration Custom Linux NovOS Can run all Steam games including Windows ones No support for console games (no PS4 or Xbox games support) Can also be used with Android smartphone as controller When and where to get Novatio console? Not so soon, unfortunately. The project is in starting phase and it needs funding. Samuele told me that their plan is to start a crowdfunding campaign soon. Once they get enough money, they might ship some early prototypes to selected users by mid-2017. By end of the year 2017, it will be available for general public. A modular console with high-end PC config that runs Windows games on Linux based OS. If this device actually makes it to the market, it does have the potential to be a game-changer. What do you think? Source
  15. Steam Cleaner is a program for Windows that clears temporary data of the gaming platforms Steam, Origin, uPlay and Gog. The program is not to be confused with Tiki Steam Cleaner which we reviewed back in 2013. Unlike Tiki Steam Cleaner, Steam Cleaner is capable of deleting temporary data from other gaming platforms for Windows as well. Note: Steam Cleaner requires the Microsoft .Net Framework 4 to run. Some games that you install on a gaming platform like Steam install so-called redistributable packages on the system during installation which may be required for game play. The installation files are not needed anymore after installation, but game platforms keep them around anyway. These files may take up hundreds of Megabyte of space, or even Gigabytes depending on the games that you have installed in the path on your system. This may not be a problem if your main gaming hard drive has Terabytes of free space, but if you run games on a Solid State Drive, free space may be limited. Steam Cleaner Steam Cleaner is one of those run and forget programs. Simply download the application to your system and run it afterwards. If things go well, you should see the main program interface and the temporary files that Steam Cleaner detected during its -- quick -- scan of the system. The detected gaming platforms are listed at the top. The program ships without any configuration options which means that you cannot modify the paths manually if the automatic detection does not pick up the installed platforms correctly. Steam Cleaner lists all temporary files in list form in its interface after the scan. Each entry is listed with its path, file name, and size. The program displays the total size of all temp files as well in its interface, about 750 Megabyte on a test system with just a couple of game installations in the past year. All that is left to do at this point is to click on the clean button in the interface to remove all temporary files from all gaming platforms that Steam Cleaner detected. You need to confirm the action one more time when you click on the button. If you do, all files listed are removed from the hard drive. These files are not needed for playing these installed games. Closing Words Steam Cleaner is an easy to use program that may help you free up hundreds of Megabyte of temporary storage that programs like CCleaner don't detect by default. The program could do with a couple of preferences, for instance to set program paths if platforms are not detected correctly, or options to back up the files to another location for safe keeping. Steam Cleaner Article source
  16. How to Move a Steam Game to Another Drive Without Re-Downloading It Steam offers multiple library folders, and you can choose where you want to install games when you download them. There’s no obvious way to move a game to another drive after the fact, though–but it is possible, without re-downloading the entire thing. This process can save you from downloading tens or even hundreds of gigabytes of game data all over again, just because you got a new SSD and want to move a few games. It’s different from moving an entire Steam library folder and every single game inside it–in this case, we only want to move a few games. RELATED ARTICLE: How to Painlessly Move Your Steam Library to Another Folder or Hard Drive Step One: Create a Second Steam Folder First, you’ll need to make a Steam library folder on the second drive if you haven’t already done so. To do this in Steam, click Steam > Settings. Select the “Downloads” category and click the “Steam Library Folders” button. Click “Add Library Folder”, select the drive you want to create the library folder on, and click “New Folder”. Give it whatever name you like, click “OK”, and then click “Select” to choose the folder you just created. The folder you chose will appear in the Steam Library folders list. You can now close this window. Open File Explorer or Windows Explorer and navigate to the folder you just created. There should be a “steamapps” folder inside the main folder. If there isn’t, right-click inside the Steam folderyou created, select New > Folder, and name it “steamapps” (without quotes). Inside the steamapps folder, right-click, select New > Folder, and name it “common” (without quotes). When you’re done, the folder structure should be: [Your Steam Library Folder]\steamapps\common Step Two: Copy the Game Files to the Second Library You’ll now need to move a game’s files from the first Steam library to the secondary Steam library you just created. Locate the installed game you want to move in your Steam library, right-click it, and select “Properties”. Click over to the “Local Files” tab and click “Browse Local Files”. You’ll be taken to the game’s folder in your main Steam library folder. Click the “common” folder in the address bar to go up a folder. Right-click the game’s folder and select “Copy”. Go back to the Steam library you created earlier, right-click inside the “common” folder, and select “Paste”. Windows will copy the files from your first Steam library to your second Steam library. Wait for the process to complete before continuing. Depending on how large the game is and how fast your drives are, this may take some time. Step Three: “Uninstall” the Game Next, you’ll need to uninstall the game from within Steam. Steam will delete the game’s files from their location in the original Steam library, but the files you copied to the second Steam library won’t be touched. Warning: Be sure to wait for the file copying process to complete before you uninstall the game! To uninstall the game, right-click it in Steam and select “Delete Local Content”. Click “Delete” again to delete the game’s files from your first library. Step Four: “Reinstall” the Game You’ll now need to reinstall the game as if you were re-downloading it–but don’t worry, Steam won’t re-download the game. Locate the game in your Steam library and click the “Install” button. Select the secondary library location where you copied the game’s files earlier under “Choose location for install” and click “Next”. Steam will check the library location and say it’s “discovering existing files” before downloading anything. This will take some time, as Steam is actually inspecting the files on your second drive to find they’re correct and not corrupted. If a few files are missing for whatever reason, Steam will just download those files. It won’t re-download the entire game. You’re done. Steam now considers the game installed in the second library. To move other games, just repeat this process. You can skip the first step and copy more game folders to the “common” folder in the second Steam library you created. Source
  17. Last month we reported that 48.95% of Steam users are utilizing Windows 10 on their machines. The latest numbers are now in and it appears that the Windows 10 userbase declined a bit for the first time since its launch. The latest hardware and software statistics report from Valve highlights that 48.90% of users are currently utilizing Windows 10 as their system of choice - a 0.05% drop. 47.48% of gamers are using the 64-bit version of the OS, whereas 1.42% are using the 32-bit version, accounting for a total of 48.90%. Surprisingly, Windows 8.1 showed a slight increase of 0.01% as compared to last month, moving to 0.28%. All the other versions of Windows including XP, Vista, 7 and 8 showed a decline in userbase, leading to an overall decline of 0.33%. Windows, however, maintained its position as the most-used OS, accounting for a total of 95.38%. Meanwhile, OS X showed a steady rise of 0.25% as compared to last month, moving to 3.59%. Version 10.11.6 of OS X remained the most popular among users of the OS, peaking at 1.69%, which is a 0.41% increase compared to last month. Linux continued its good run and showed yet another increase of 0.11%, which means that it now accounts for 0.94% of Steam gamers. All versions of the operating system showed a steady rise in userbase. Hardware preferences remained more or less the same as the previous report. 8GB of RAM is still the most used system configuration, accompanied by 1GB of VRAM. Primary display resolution on a single monitor remains 1920x1080 and the resolution on a multi-monitor setup still rests at 3840x1080. While the stats indicate that Windows 10 userbase has declined slightly for the first time in over a year, it is important to note that Steam's monthly hardware statistics report is based upon surveys so it may not accurately depict the situation. But since it has been used as a metric for quite some time, even if the report is accurate, the result is quite expected given that Windows 10 is no longer available as a free upgrade. However, things may slightly improve for the OS in the coming months because Windows 7 and 8.1 machines are reaching their end-of-sales deadline very soon. Source: Steam Article source
  18. Last month, we learned that almost 45% of Steam users are utilizing Windows 10 for their gaming needs, with 42.94% using the 64-bit version of the operating system. Now, Valve has released new statistics for hardware usage, showing Windows 10 usage increasing steadily as Windows 7 user base continues to fall. According to the figures for the month of July released by the company, Windows usage has increased to 95.69%, a slight increase of 0.19%. Windows 10 continues to dominate as the most popular version of the OS for gaming with 44.93% of users utilizing the 64-bit version, with an overall user base of 46.52%. Meanwhile, Windows 7 usage continues to decrease with a market share of 35.98%. Similarly, all other versions of Windows including XP, 8, 8.1 and Vista faced either a decrease or stagnation in their respective user base. On the other hand, OS X usage declined to just 3.20% too - which is a decrease of 0.20% when compared to last month. Usage of all versions of the OS waned except MacOS 10.11.5 and 10.11.6. Surprisingly, Linux saw an increase of 0.02%, climbing to 0.82% in user base. The 64-bit versions of Linux and Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS rose to 0.08% and 0.05% respectively, all other versions faced a decline. Hardware statistics remained the same, mostly, with 8GB of system RAM being the most popular selection among many gamers. 1GB of VRAM also remained the most favored choice among users - despite facing a slight decrease - but 4GB, 6GB, and 8GB of VRAM showed a steady increase as well. 1920x1080 on primary displays was yet again the most used resolution by gamers, while 3840x1080 was the favorable choice for those using multi-monitor setups. In the VR headset category, the HTC Vive commanded the most gamer base with a market share of 0.18%, a slight increase of 0.03% when compared to last month. All in all, it is important to note that with the free Windows 10 upgrade offer now expired, we might not see similar growth of the OS in the coming months. With that being said, commanding nearly half of the Steam user base while toppling Windows 7 as the primary OS for gaming inside a year is a commendable feat on its own. Source: Steam Article source
  19. Limbo is a puzzle platform 2D sidescroller video game released in 2010. The player guides an unnamed boy through dangerous environments and traps as he searches for his sister. The game is presented in black-and-white tones, using lighting, film grain effects and minimal ambient sounds to create an eerie atmosphere often associated with the horror genre. Journalists praised the dark presentation, describing the work as comparable to film noir and German Expressionism. Based on its aesthetics, The title won several awards from industry groups after its release, and was named as one of the top games for 2010 by several publications. http://store.steampowered.com/app/48000/
  20. i just installed xubuntu on my 3rd hard drive and play dota 2 , CS GO i was suprised with the FPS on linux which the same FPS on WINDOWS maybe a little bit low let say 5-10 fps lower well good performance on openGL unlike few years ago the fps on linux kernel was pretty bad about 30-50 fps drop compare to direct3d in windows goodluck nsane try it for yourself
  21. Hitman 2016 Looks Like It Could Be Coming To Linux It's looking quite possible like Hitman 2016 will be released for Linux. Linux gamers appear very excited this morning after Linux references for the game appeared on SteamDB. SteamDB Linux references generally have panned out more often than not but there isn't any official announcement yet of Hitman 2016 coming to Linux. Hitman 2016 so far is confirmed for Windows, PS4, and Xbox One as the sixth title in the Hitman series. The game is developed by IO Interactive and published by Square Enix. Once we hear more about the possibility of Hitman 2016 on Linux, we'll be sure to update. Source
  22. The Number Of Linux Games Has More Than Quadrupled In The Past Two Years There are more than four times as many Linux games available today as there were two years ago. Two years ago today marked when Steam on Linux had 500 titles. Now today, the Steam Store lists 2,208 games as being available for Linux! Well more than four times the amount of Linux games available in just two years. Of course, most of those games are indie titles while there have been many AAA Linux game releases as well like F1 2015, Shadow of Mordor, Tomb Raider, and many others. Steam on Windows shows 8,712 titles available. It's too bad thought that more of these new Linux games don't comply with our benchmarking requirements. What's been your favorite Linux game release so far? How many games do you think we'll see released for Linux this year? Source
  23. [Not Massive] Valve Just Struck Down Digital Homicide In the world of Steam and shady developers, no name has drawn quite as much hatred from the gaming public like Digital Homicide. Not unlike similar personalities including Uwe Boll, Digital Homicide’s notoriety is only superseded by the fact that the perception of its following is much higher than the real numbers. What it does have, however, is the ability to flip Unity engine assets and turn those into cookie cutter games that are quickly becoming parodies of themselves. Fast forward to Steam Greenlight, a service that Digital Homicide has flooded with dozens of titles. As of this publishing, the company has more than forty titles in its Greenlight section. You read that correctly, more than forty. In their rush to clutter the service with as many titles as possible, Digital Homicide has resorted to putting out entire series of games that appear to be quite literally the exact same game but with different stock images.                   The picture above is Daisy’s Sweet Time: Cupcake Mania 3. It is identical to the other two iterations of the game plastered on Greenlight, and functionally it is also identical to Merle Wizard Extraordinaire #1, 2, and 3, all posted on the exact same day. Those games, in turn, are identical down to the placement of enemies, to Sarah to the Rescue, and its four sequels. Eleven games, all posted to Steam on the same day, all completely identical except for the art. As of this posting, there are more than a dozen Space Inavders clones up on Greenlight through Digital Homicide. Continue reading ↓
  24. Change Steam looks to Microsoft’s Metro design language Game listing with the Metro skin If you’re on Windows 10 and playing games on Steam on a regular basis, here’s something that’s really worth having on your PC. It turns out that only a few people actually know that Steam actually supports skins, and this Metro theme spotted recently on reddit is just the perfect choice for everyone running Windows 10. As you can see in the screenshots here, the new look of Steam with Metro theme installed perfectly aligns with Windows 10, as it uses a flat design that makes more sense on a desktop PC running this OS version as compared to the traditional interface. Metro, however, isn’t the only Windows 10-inspired Steam theme that looks good on a PC, as the so-called Threshold skin is also bringing UI elements inspired by the OS on the gaming platform. And it goes without saying that there might be more of them out there online, as the Steam community is huge and full of talented designers, so it’s all up to your imagination to give Steam a new look. How to install new skins in Steam Installing a new skin in Steam is not rocket science, and it only takes one minute. All you have to do is download the new theme, extract all files and copy the folder into the Steam skin directory (typically, this is located in C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\skins, but depending on your installation location, it could be different). Launch Steam, fire up the Settings screen and open the Interface section. Look for the option that reads “Select the Skin you wish Steam to use,” pick the one you want, and you’re good to go. Restarting Steam is mandatory to apply the changes. All these skins are available free of charge and are created by the community, so you can install whichever you want on your PC without paying a single cent. Article source