What just happened? Valve's overhaul of Steam's Big Picture mode that adds a Steam Deck-like user interface is now complete after four months of open beta testing. The change brings a much-needed update to the mode, which hasn't received a significant refresh since way back in 2015. It was July 2021 when a moderator on the Steam community forums wrote: "Yes, we are replacing Big Picture with the new UI from Deck." We saw the first images the following September, and now Valve has finished the beta testing. Big Picture mode, which launched in 2012, is designed to give PCs a console-like UI with controller support when connecting to a large TV. It's been well overdue a refresh—the visuals were aging and some features didn't even work. Thankfully, Eurogamer reports that it was implemented via a large Steam client update yesterday. Valve wasn't exaggerating when it said the new UI would look like the Steam Deck's. The company has posted a long list of … [Read more...] about Valve updates Steam Big Picture mode with Steam Deck-style UI
TL;DR: It appears that the RTX 4090's huge price tag hasn't put gamers off buying one. The latest Steam survey shows Nvidia's flagship burst into the main GPU chart in January, becoming the second best-performing card among participants. It was also a good month for Windows 11, which passed the 30% user-share mark after further eroding Windows 10's lead. The Steam survey 's top ten graphics cards show little change last month beyond the RTX 3060 laptop GPU moving into third place. The mobile Ampere GPU saw the biggest increase in user share with a 0.44% rise, but it's the second-best performing card that's most interesting. The Steam survey's best-performing GPUs in January The RTX 4090 has become the first Ada Lovelace card to break into the main GPU section of the Steam survey; it was already in the Vulkan Systems section with other 40-series products. The RTX 4090's 0.24% share is pretty impressive for a card with a $1,600 MSRP (and you're unlikely to find one for … [Read more...] about Nvidia RTX 4090 becomes first Lovelace card to break into the Steam survey
Der letzten Steam-Hardware-Umfrage nach zu urteilen hat Linux-Gaming einen deutlichen Zuwachs erhalten. Die Umfrage für April 2022 (Öffnet sich in einem neuen Tab) zeigt, dass der Anteil an Linux-Gamern auf 1,14 % gestiegen ist – insgesamt immer noch nicht viel, aber immerhin 0,14 Prozentpunkte mehr als im Monat davor. Während ein Zuwachs von 0,14 Prozentpunkten für Windows nur wenig bedeutet, ist es für Linux ein gewaltiger Sprung – erst der zweite in jüngster Vergangenheit, Valves Zahlen zufolge. Den letzten großen Sprung konnte die Linux im November 2021 verzeichnen, als das Steam Deck erstmals angekündigt wurde. Seitdem ist der Anteil wieder von seiner Spitze von 1,16 % auf 1,0 % im März 2022 gesunken. Analyse: Steam Deck treibt die Zahlen nach oben – so oder so Das sind zwar nur relativ kleine Anteile an der gesamten Steam-Gaming-Landschaft, aber dennoch sieht das nach einem vielversprechenden Sprung für Linux im April 2022 aus. Spiegelt dies also die … [Read more...] about Linux-Gaming immer beliebter – alles dank Steam Deck?
In a nutshell: Various tech giants like Meta, Google, Amazon, and Apple posted negative quarterly and annual statements this week. Amidst the corporate gloom, it's nice to see financials that tell a hopeful story for a small company, especially one behind a game as popular as Dwarf Fortress. A month after the first commercial release of Dwarf Fortress, the game's developer revealed this week that it earned $7.23 million in sales. According to Bay 12 Games' comparison, the number eclipses returns from the previous four months by two decimal points. In each of the months between September and December 2022, Bay 12 Games brought in around $15,000, most of it likely from Patreon donations. After offering the immensely popular Dwarf Fortress exclusively as freeware for 16 years, the company released the first commercial version on December 6, and a few weeks later posted the astronomical January increase. In a post on the Bay 12 forums, the developers say almost half of the money … [Read more...] about Dwarf Fortress financials mark fairytale ending for indie developer
Ce n'est un secret pour personne ! La grande nouveauté de la saison 3 d'Overwatch 2 devrait être une carte. Blizzard a clairement indiqué que chaque saison apporterait avec elle de nouveaux contenus, alternant entre un nouveau héros et une nouvelle carte. La saison dernière a apporté Ramattra, donc une carte devrait être au menu de la saison 3. Cependant, lors d'une interview avec l'équipe de développement de Blizzard, nous avons découvert de nouveaux détails passionnants enfouis dans cette toundra glacée. Ce nouveau mode, baptisé Péninsule Antarctique, se trouve au bord de l'océan Atlantique, au plus près de la partie la plus méridionale de l'Amérique du Sud. Ici, le héros d'Overwatch 2, le climatologue Mei, a entrepris de rechercher les effets du réchauffement climatique sur les calottes glaciaires. Comme il s'agit d'un mode de contrôle, nous n'avons pas une, mais trois cartes distinctes. Ce style de capture d'objectif est un mode de jeu en trois rounds, où le but est de … [Read more...] about Cette nouvelle carte d’Overwatch 2 est peut-être horrible pour Mei mais pour nous, elle est géniale
Modern computers carry a lot of baggage from the past, and desktop icons are perhaps one of the most unsightly remnants of the earliest days of Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs). If you’re still living with them, it’s time to quit. Desktop Clutter Helps No One Whether on macOS, Windows, or another graphical operating system, the desktop is a big open space that plays host both to files and to shortcuts to other resources on your device. Over time those desktop shortcuts and files can quickly accumulate to fill the entire screen. However, even if you only have a desktop with a moderate number of icons, you’re still creating an inefficient space to actually find anything. Hunting for icons on a desktop, especially a modern high-resolution desktop, is a pain. The desktop is a great space for working with applications, but as a place to access apps and store files, it leaves much to be desired. Docks, Taskbars, and Instant Search Is Superior Desktops were meant to give users … [Read more...] about It’s Time to Stop Using Desktop Icons
Deep Rock Galactic , the grim vision of galactic extractive hypercapitalism that's also a wonderful community and great hang , will soon be 5 years old. The co-op first-person shooter is celebrating by letting you play the game as it launched in preview form in 2018. Further Reading How a game about dwarves mining in space has helped me weather the pandemic Deep Rock Galactic ( DRG ) is a co-op shooter that's not like other co-op shooters. You and up to three other players choose a class of dwarven miner, enter a procedurally generated section of an insectoid-infested planet, and then shoot, dig, build, fix, collect, and goof your way toward objectives. One moment you're deep into a tough-as-nails, Aliens -esque blitz for survival, and the next you're picking out silly hats and tossing beer steins at a robot barkeep. That game and other factors—lower system requirements, a generally friendly and welcoming online community, constant updates, Game Pass … [Read more...] about celebrates 5 years by letting players dig like it’s 2018
The best Wi-Fi 6 routers are the next-generation devices in router connectivity. Wi-Fi 6 is fast becoming the standard in wireless technology, and a lot of newer devices now support and use this next-generation technology. And, if you want to take advantage, only a Wi-Fi 6-capable router will do. Make the most of Wi-Fi 6 technology with the best wireless router . You'll need a powerful one that will be more than capable of meeting your demands, especially if you have an overcrowded network. These days, middling internet speeds are inexcusable, especially with all the smartphones , tablets , Ultrabooks , and smart home devices we use at home or in the office. With a reliable and robust Wi-Fi 6 or even Wi-Fi 6E router, your internet signal will experience a boost in speed, which will not mean faster internet but a stronger, uninterrupted signal to every device and computer connected to your network. We've tested our share of routers, putting them through their paces to … [Read more...] about The best Wi-Fi 6 routers 2023: top Wi-Fi 6 and 6E routers
Audio player loading… Windows 11 has a new preview build available, and it comes with a nifty hidden change that makes the new tabs with File Explorer an even more versatile feature – plus there are some interesting introductions on the widget front, too. Let’s start with that juicy hidden feature, but first, a bit of background. As you likely recall, tabs were recently introduced to File Explorer in Windows 11, meaning tabbed windows when working with folders in the OS (in just the same way as you have tabbed web pages in a browser window). However, as flagged by PhantomOcean3 on Twitter (via Windows Latest (opens in new tab) ), build 25290 comes with the hidden ability to be able to drag tabs out of a window in File Explorer. (This function is enabled using a Windows configuration utility called ViVeTool, if you were wondering – otherwise testers won’t see it). Build 25290 includes a neat new hidden feature letting you drag a tab in File Explorer out of … [Read more...] about Windows 11 preview has a hidden feature that makes life on the desktop easier
Audio player loading… Today, I attended the unveiling of the Ninja Speedi at the brand's (very cool) new office in London. It’s due to launch in the UK next week but for our US readers, it’s already available for you to buy. I’m writing this all down for you to read because this is a revolutionary home appliance. One that can cook you a meal in 15 minutes. You can use a variety of ingredients; from meats and cheeses to veg and rice, and put them all into the same pot. It’s the first small appliance to launch after the success of some of the best air fryers I’ve ever seen. The Ninja Speedi is sure to disrupt our countertop and the way we do dinner. But what’s it really capable of? When I saw the Ninja Speedi in action, pasta, broccoli and crème fraiche was added into the pot. Water was then added. At this point I didn’t know what to expect. The Cook & Crisp tray was then added and four crumb coated chicken breasts were placed on top. The lid was put down, some … [Read more...] about Heard of the Ninja Speedi?