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What is DRM in video games and how does it work?

DRM is everywhere in video games today, and most gamers don't even know what it is. In this guide, we explain what DRM is, how it works, and why it's important.

How to add external games to your Steam library

Steam is as much as a marketplace as it is an organization tool. Here's how to get your games under one roof.

How to share games on Steam

Attention PC gamers -- it's easy to share your entire digital video game library with family and friends.

Google may be working with Valve to bring Steam to Chrome OS

A new report claims that Google is working in collaboration with Valve to officially bring the latter’s gaming platform, Steam, to Chromebooks, which would be a huge win for Chrome OS.

The GTX 1060 is still the most popular graphics card among Steam gamers

Steam gamers and others responded to Steam’s latest Hardware and Software survey. According to the survey, the most popular graphics card continues to be Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1060.

Call of Duty: Black Ops III Now Available on Mac

Aspyr today announced that Call of Duty: Black Ops III is now available on Mac, complete with 64-bit and Metal

RTX 2070 is the most popular Turing GPU for Steam gamers

Nvidia's RTX graphics cards might not be selling like hotcakes, but they are selling and they're more popular than AMD's Vega GPUs. The most popular entry in the lineup is the RTX 2070, beating out its stronger and weaker contemporaries.The post RTX 2070 is the most popular Turing GPU for Steam gamers appeared first on Digital Trends.

The best MacOS games for 2019

Contrary to popular belief, there exists a bevy of popular A-list games compatible for Mac computers. Take a look at our picks for the best Mac games available for Apple fans to enjoy.The post The best MacOS games for 2019 appeared first on Digital Trends.

Steam to drop support for Windows XP and Vista on January 1

Windows XP and Windows Vista will no longer be supported by Steam starting January 1. Although you might be able to run an offline machine for XP gaming, Valve is keen to push everyone to upgrade.The post Steam to drop support for Windows XP and Vista on January 1 appeared first on Digital Trends.

Here’s an old-school motion picture machine you can 3D print at home

4-Mation is like a modern reimagining of the Victorian zoetrope device. Whereas the classic design relied on 2D images, kind of like a flip book, 4-Mation uses 3D objects and strobing lights to create dynamic visuals.The post Here’s an old-school motion picture machine you can 3D print at home appeared first on Digital Trends.

Steam survey shows PC gamers are still mostly playing in 1080p and lower

Valve Software’s latest hardware and software survey for July 2reveals that 63.72 percent of Steam’s registered members still play games with a 1080p resolution. Even more, only 1.14 percent are playing at a 4K resolution.The post Steam survey shows PC gamers are still mostly playing in 1080p and lower appeared first on Digital Trends.

Steam game allegedly infected users with cryptocurrency-mining malware

A cheap Steam game called Abstractism appears to be infecting users' computers with a program that mines cryptocurrency. The developer has denied that the game is doing this after seemingly confirming it earlier.The post Steam game allegedly infected users with cryptocurrency-mining malware appeared first on Digital Trends.

How to play Steam games on Android without your PC

With Steam Link, you can officially bypass your laptop or desktop computer and play games directly on your Android device using a number of different controllers. Here's what you need to know to get started.The post How to play Steam games on Android without your PC appeared first on Digital Trends.

Slay creatures at high resolutions when ‘Monster Hunter World’ hits PC in August

Capcom will be releasing Monster Hunter World for PC through Steam on August 9, and those who pre-order the game will receive a few free bonus items. The Steam version will make use of Denuvo DRM.The post Slay creatures at high resolutions when ‘Monster Hunter World’ hits PC in August appeared first on Digital Trends.

Tear it up on Mars in ‘Red Rover,’ the driving sim built on NASA data

During the festive holiday season in 2016, Alan Chan spent his week’s vacation time off work exploring Mars. In virtual reality, at least. And thanks to his hard work, now you can too.The post Tear it up on Mars in ‘Red Rover,’ the driving sim built on NASA data appeared first on Digital Trends.

Steam Link Android app review: PC gaming goes mobile

Can a phone app rival Valve's own dedicated TV streaming hardware?

Valve Removes Game Purchasing Option From Steam Link in Hopes of App Store Approval

A few weeks after Apple rejected Valve's planned Steam Link app due to App Store review guideline violations related to

New Steam chat system adds group chats, video, and GIF support

Valve has overhauled Steam's chat functions to add encryption to voice calls, new group chat functions, and a more streamlined friends list to bring it up to date with some of its competition.The post New Steam chat system adds group chats, video, and GIF support appeared first on Digital Trends.

Valve will stop regulating Steam, save for illegal content, straight up trolling

Valve Software will stop regulating Steam, save for policing illegal content and "straight up trolling." Steam is going back to its roots, allowing customer choice and the ability to filter out games they don't want to see.The post Valve will stop regulating Steam, save for illegal content, straight up trolling appeared first on Digital Trends.

Apple’s Phil Schiller Explains Why Valve’s Steam Link App Was Rejected

Apple recently made the decision to reject Valve's Steam Link app after initially approving it, leading to many unhappy Steam

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EU approves Google’s Fitbit acquisition with some restrictions

Nearly a year ago, Google announced it was acquiring the popular fitness band maker Fitbit for $2.1 billion dollars. However, as per usual, big acquisitions such as this aren’t a simple transaction. They require the approval of government bodies and wading through a lot of red tape before being finalized.The EU has given Google a reason to be jolly for the holidays though by approving the acquisition of Fitbit, although it comes with some conditions.For starters, Google must agree to keep Fitbit user’s health data separate from its ad business. This was the number one concern of many Fitbit uses upon hearing the news of the Google buyout. Users in the EU will also have the option to prevent Google apps such as Assistant and Maps from viewing their data from Fitbit.Next, Google is required to maintain Fitbit’s previous web API that gives third-party software access to the data that is collected. For example, apps that allowed syncing of your Fitbit data such as calorie counting apps.Lastly, Google cannot give itself an unfair advantage by giving its products exclusive access to features or degrade the experience for third-party wearables. All improvements and changes must be made freely available as part of the Android Open Source Project giving access to its competitors.All of this sounds perfectly reasonable, and Google must abide by these restrictions for a term of 10 years, at which time the ad restrictions may be renewed if deemed necessary.The EU approval is an important hurdle for Google to clear, however, it is still waiting on approval from the U.S. government. Unfortunately for Google, the Justice Department and several states are currently suing the search giant over antitrust violations. It may be more difficult to get the rubber stamp on the Fitbit acquisition considering all of the heat Google has on it from regulators in America.

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus already has a video review and leaked renders show off new colors

We’re only weeks away from Samsung’s upcoming jam-packed Unpacked event on January 14, 2021. At the event, we expect to see the launch of the Korean brand’s latest Galaxy S21 lineup of smartphones, along with the new Galaxy Buds Pro.As is tradition with these big launches, pretty much everything has leaked out ahead of time. We’ve already seen renders of the S21, official teaser videos, and even a hands-on video. Now, we’re getting a fresh set of renders that show off the S21 in four different colors.The renders come from us via notable leaker Ishan Agarwal’s Twitter account and reveal the S21 in Phantom Violet, Phantom Pink, Phantom Grey, and Phantom White. Is that enough Phantom for you? Perhaps we should throw in a Phantom of the Opera as well.Besides the colors, the renders don’t really show off anything we haven’t seen before. Samsung is going for another center hole-punch camera on the front, and making use of a unique metal frame around the camera housing on the back. What is sure to be the Galaxy S21’s defining design characteristic.Those aren’t the only renders to have leaked out though. Alongside the Galaxy S21 images, we also saw WinFuture publish press renders of the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra in Phantom Silver. The device really stands out with its massive camera bump which takes center stage, featuring five cameras in total. It’s speculated one of those cameras will feature a 108MP sensor.If photos don’t get you excited then maybe a hands-on review of the Galaxy S21 Plus will. Following up from his previous videos, YouTube user Random Stuff 2 has uploaded an unofficial review of the device weeks before the official announcement.In the video, he confirms the Galaxy S21 Plus comes with a Snapdragon 888, 8GB of RAM, a choice of 128GB or 256GB of storage, and runs Android 11 out of the box. On the camera side, we see that the S21 Plus will use a 64MP, 12MP, 12MP triple rear camera setup featuring 3X optical zoom.The video also gives us a look at some preliminary sample images with a comparison to the iPhone 12 Pro Max. Just remember the Galaxy S21 Plus isn’t running final software so the image quality may change.It seems just about everything has leaked out about Samsung’s latest flagship, but we’re still waiting on confirmation that the S Pen will make its way to the S21 Ultra. Earlier reports suggested Samsung would kill off the Note series of phones this year after adding support for the S Pen to the S-series. However, it looks like the death of the Note may be delayed for a later date.

Pete Lau discusses the future of OnePlus, smartwatch confirmed

OnePlus has been said to be working on a smartwatch as early as 2016, but now it seems like a soon-to-be-realized reality.On December 14, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau held a meeting over video call with various journalists discussing the future of OnePlus and some of the events in the past year or so of their history. He discussed Carl Pei’s departure from the company, the controversy over the Facebook partnership, how their TV is a step towards building an ecosystem of devices, and how the upcoming smartwatch ties into that ecosystem.Lau discussed how a smartwatch was scrapped in 2015 because the company wanted to stay focused on phones at the time, having just made the OnePlus 2 with its own issues and the production of the budget X phone.More things are coming to the OnePlus ecosystem. It’s just a matter of timepic.twitter.com/r6RIILU8AQ— OnePlus (@oneplus) October 14, 2020Now, though, OnePlus has been well-established in the smartphone market and they’re looking to build an ecosystem. According to Lau, they are working with Google to improve Wear OS and the interconnection between Wear OS, Android TV, and Android smartphones.In addition, Lau discussed the company’s goals to improve their phone cameras as well as a desire to stay out of the foldables market.

Qualcomm announces QCC305x chipset for budget wireless earbuds

The other day, Qualcomm announced their QCC305x Bluetooth chipsets meant to power mid-tier and entry-level true wireless earbuds, bringing some premium features to the lower end.The new chipset supports Qualcomm aptX Voice and cVc Echo Cancellation and Noise Suppression for better voice callsIn addition, the Qualcomm QCC305x supports:Always-on wake wordsQualcomm Adaptive Active Noise CancellationQualcomm aptX Adaptive with up to 96Khz audio resolutionBluetooth Low Energy & Bluetooth 5.2This is assisted by the new support on Snapdragon 888 which supports Bluetooth 5.2, LE Audio, aptX, and other featuresYou can read the entire press release here.