DeepMind's AlphaStar AI is now a full-blown StarCraft 2 Grandmaster

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DeepMind's AlphaStar AI is now a full-blown StarCraft 2 Grandmaster

The rise of the machines drew one step closer to reality today, as researchers announced that the Google DeepMind-powered AlphaStar AI has now achieved Grandmaster ranking with all three races in StarCraft 2. AlphaStar dominated pro StarCraft 2 players in January, but only as a Protoss player, and under more favorable conditions. Now, researchers say the AI can play at the Grandmaster level "under professionally approved conditions" and with the same constraints as human players, including viewing the game through a camera and with even tighter restrictions on the frequency of its actions.

Steam's big library update is now live for everyone

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Steam's big library update is now live for everyone

The updated Steam library that went into beta testing in September is now live for everyone. Valve announced today that the latest update to the release version of Steam incorporates the dramatically overhauled game library, and also makes the new Remote Play Together beta client available to everyone.

The modders behind Vampire: The Masquerade — Bloodlines' Unofficial Patch are making an unofficial prequel

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The modders behind Vampire: The Masquerade — Bloodlines' Unofficial Patch are making an unofficial prequel

Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines is one of those games that's remembered so fondly, it's easy to forget what a mess it was when it launched. Developer Troika wasn't able to rectify those issues because sales were not good, forcing it to lay off virtually all its employees before closing down a few months later. But the underlying game was so excellent that fans got involved, releasing unofficial patches that fix bugs and restore cut content.

Electronic Arts is 'open' to bringing its games to the Epic Games Store

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Electronic Arts is 'open' to bringing its games to the Epic Games Store

Electronic Arts announced yesterday that it's going back to Steam, beginning with Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, which is already available for pre-purchase on the platform. It's been a good chunk of a decade since EA decided to go all-in on Origin, and some observers, such as in this Reddit thread (or our own comments on the announcement), took the change as an admission that its Origin strategy had failed.

Microsoft’s next DirectX update will have enhanced ray tracing support

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Microsoft’s next DirectX update will have enhanced ray tracing support

It was never going to happen overnight, but one thing is for sure—ray tracing is where graphics are headed. The challenge, of course, is the enormous strain that ray-traced rendering has on hardware. However, Microsoft has made a concerted effort to sort of side step the issue with its DirectX Raytracing (DXR) API, and now the company is offering developers a preview of what new tricks and capabilities are to come.