• Steam UI update available now

    Valve just announced that the next version of Steam is now available. The new Steam UI is here, which enhances the way you already buy and play games, adding more info about the things that matter — getting games, playing them with friends, and staying current in the gaming world.

    If you haven't already updated, you can use the "Check for Steam client updates" option on the "File" menu to automatically update Steam to the new release. If you don't have Steam installed, download it today. The update includes a ton of new features. To save time, here’s what you’ll get:

    For the completists out there, here’s the list of everything worth mentioning about this massive update.

    Major features:

    • Complete overhaul of Steam client UI design to improve discoverability of features and to better expose all the information related to games in your library
    • Complete overhaul of in-game overlay UI design to create a richer in-game experience exposing context sensitive information related to the game you are currently playing
    • New game details view, presenting a detailed view of all the information for a single game in your library
    • New grid view, presenting a graphical view of your game library
    • New news page in the store/client/overlay that aggregates Valve related news sites, official community groups, and third-party gaming news feeds
    • New downloads view in the client, making it easier to track your progress downloading new games or game updates
    • New Steam store design, including more integrated community features, improved recommendations, and improved video and screenshots viewing (and much more!)

    Store details:

    • New Steam store/community integration — see what your friends have been buying and playing as you browse the store
    • Improved store layout, genre navigation, and genre pages, including more robust navigation per category
    • Added Wishlists for tracking what games you want, and to see what games your friends want
    • Improved game detail pages, including quick link to demos, inline display of higher resolution game trailers, improved screenshot browser, and improved game recommendations
    • New game-specific video page, containing all of a game’s trailers in one place, now in higher resolution Flash format
    • Improved discoverability of sales and discounts, including prominent shortcuts and consistent store-wide visual presentation for price cuts
    • New quick-info tooltips on store home page and genre pages which allow users to read about games before navigating to detail pages
    • New search filtering options- search for packs or DLC, easier to use filters for searching by price and metascore, and sort by release date

    Client feature details:

    • View of your most recently achieved achievements and likely next achievements in the client game details view and in the in-game overlay
    • View of friends currently playing a game as well as all friends who sometimes play a game in the per-game details view
    • View of related game news in the client game details view and in the in-game overlay
    • Clock in the in-game overlay (!)
    • User customizable categories assignable per-game
    • Tracking of les by last date played
    • Library list viewast played time for games to show in the client library views
    • Sort your gam displays larger graphic, and a new column displaying a game’s Steam Cloud state
    • New invites section in the friends list UI allowing you to accept or decline invites directly without going to your community control panel
    • Cloud support for many non-machine specific local settings such as favorite servers
    • Implemented new DirectWrite based font rendering for the client and in-game overlay on Windows 7 or Vista with both SP2 and the “Platform Update” installed. This offers improved pairwise kerning for text layout as well as better anti-aliasing of text on supported platforms.
    • Display of total played time in the client game details view and the in-game overlay
    • Type to jump support in the games list, grid, and game details views
    • Better Steam cloud conflict resolution support, with the ability for users to choose how to resolve conflicts between machines
    • Improved forward/backward navigation in the client UI, acting across various different view types (e.g., games list, to community, back to games list)
    • New style and layout system for Steam’s VGUI UI toolkit, enabling much more complicated flowing layouts. Skins will need major overhauls to be compatible with the new client, but will also have much more power and flexibility available to them via the new .style and .layout files used in the new VGUI code.
    • Backup/restore wizard
    • Community: all official game avatars in one place, linked from your edit profile page
    • New outer glow effect supported when rendering text in VGUI
    • Support for alpha blending of gradients and text in VGUI
    • Support for many new layout and placement commands in VGUI
    • Support for native drop shadow effect on primary Steam windows on Vista and Windows 7
    • Support for Windows 7 snapping and shaking mouse commands
    • Added per-game disable in game properties dialog for the in-game overlay
    • Added most recently used games launch actions to tray icon in addition to Win7 jumplist
    • Improved maximize support for Steam dialogs and added maximize icon to top level windows
    • New sound effects for many notifications/actions
    • Added auto-recovery of the in-game overlay so it will restart and resume functioning if the process crashes while a game is running

    Bug fixes:

    • Improved reliability of auto-login to store and community when used in the Steam client
    • Improved truncation of long text strings in many places
    • Fixed the various UI states and settings to persist across client restart more reliably
    • Fixed being unable to reliably delete previously added non-Steam shortcuts from your games list
    • Fixed forward/backwards navigation on Community tab getting stuck on redirects
    • Many small performance and memory usage improvements
    • Improved sorting consistency between views
    • Fixed hit areas on friend panel down-arrow affordances to make clicking on them more reliable
    • You can now remove a blocked friend without having to unblock the friend first
    • Fixed game preload to correctly download language-specific content
    • Fixed a case where Steam windows could draw slightly grayed out while alt-tabbed out of a game or running over RDP
    • Fixed a case where inviting an additional user to a single user chat could force acceptance of a previous voice chat request
    • Fixed to display correct achievement localization when Steam and game language differ
    • Fixed the overlay occasionally not restoring input on hide to some games utilizing buffered direct input
    • Improved link detection in chat dialogs and other RichText controls
    • Fixed the in-game overlay being overly bright in some D3D10/11 games using sRGB backbuffers
    • Improved reliability of steam:// url handler registration
    • Fixed tooltips sometimes not showing up on multi-monitor setups

    General improvements:

    • Now using a WebKit based rendering engine for the client and in-game overlay web browsing components (replacing Internet Explorer)
    • Improved speed of in-game overlay web browser
    • Improved search functionality on the Steam news page
    • Web pages which use confirm() or alert() calls in javascript no longer break the in-game overlay web browser
  • Alien Arena 2010 Trailer

    This is an updated version of the official Alien Arena trailer, for 2010.

  • Mega Man 10 DLC this week - Pricing and Details

    Good news for gamers, as the DLC to Mega Man 10 is available for download, Wii gamers can start downloading starting from today itself whereas Xbox 360 gamers can get it from Wednesday and PlayStation gamers can get it from Thursday.

    So what this DLC of Mega Man 10 has in store for you, you will be finishing your battle with Killers of Mega Man Punk and Ballade for a mere 100 Wii points each, 80 Microsoft point for Xbox and $1 for PSN. In addition to all these you can get yourself a mega challenging Endless Mode for 300 Wii point, 240 MS point and $3.

    So what you are waiting go to your repective Station and download it.

  • Blur Multiplayer Beta Walkthrough Trailer

    The Blur multiplayer beta will only be available for a limited time on Xbox Live, so download it now to see what all the hype is about.

  • Star Wars: The Old Republic Video Documentary

     This documentary trailer shows off over six minutes of narrated gameplay footage from Star Wars: The Old Republic, the upcoming MMORPG from Bioware set in the Star Wars universe.

  • Super Street Fighter IV Tournament Mode DLC Video

    A video for Super Street Fighter IV Tournment Mode DLC, the announcement of Tournament Mode DLC was made at the 2010 Captivate, What happen in this mode is that gamers will be competing and battling with other top gamers onlnie all around the world with a maximum of 4 or 8 players.

  • Activision Register new GoldenEye and BloodStoneGame domains

    According to Activision has recently register for themself two domain, goldeneyegame.com and bloodstonegame.com, ther are much speculation surrounding the domain name bloodstonegame.com as a new james bond game.

    The speculation look more promising as Activision last year had made an announcement about a new James Bond game and target 2010 for it so is it this that they are talking about or might possible two title for one title or goldeneye.com is really all about James Bond game too many qustion and many speculation but no answer yet, and we won't have any answer until and unless Activision confirms anything.

  • Sony PS3 Slim CECH-2100A Revealed

    Sony has once again show that the what are mean in this game console world, Sony has just now release a new version of PlayStation 3 name PS3Slim consisting of low on cost and energy efficiency graphics chip as RSK GPU has been reduce from 65nm to just 45nm, what this reduce in size will do is it will cut short the electricity consumption to almost 15 percent.

    Apart from the changes in the RSX GPU chips there are other modification also done, these important modification are, now for RAM 2X128MB XDR chips from previous 4X64MB again resulting into reduce in size and power consumption and much much more simple and efficient cooling system. All this important modification just take you to only one conclusion only a awesome PS3 with fewer components which are cheap and easily available, which might directly effect the overall cost.

    Given below are details in the power consumption from the slim version CECH-2000A to CECH-2100A

    CHECH-2000A Power Consumption Detail:

    • XMB Menu with still wallpaper: Consume 76W of power
    • XMB Menu with Main Theme: Consume 83W to 83W of power
    • FFXIII game event scene: Consume power in between 96W to 107W.
    • FFXIII game menu: Power Consumption is 83W to 84W
    • BD playback: Consume 88W to 91W of Power.

    CHECH-2100A Power Consumption Detail:

    • XMB Menu with still wallpaper: Consume 67W of power (Saving 9W)
    • XMB Menu with Main Theme: Consume 71W (Saving 12W-15W)
    • FFXIII game event scene: Consume power in between 78W to 83W (Saving 18W-24W).
    • FFXIII game menu: Power Consumption is 74W (Saving 9W-10W)
    • BD playback: Consume 77W to 78W of Power (Saving 10W-13W).
  • Get 400 Microsoft Points for free

    We have one way by which you can get yourself a whooping 400 Microsoft Points that too free, after reading this you will be  itching your hand to and head to know how you can get this.

    Ok i will tell you how you can get this 400 Microsoft Points, You  just need to Download the Red Dead Redemption Trailer and Rockstar will give you 400 Microsoft points but one point is there  to note it is only available for the UK gamers and only first 5000 people will be getting this free points.

    There will be a token which will be contain wih the download and will be sent to the email address and a time limit of 4 to 6  weeks will be there to signed up to Live. This promotion activity from Rockstar will be ending on 10th May. So be quick as soon as possible.