Tuesday, July 5

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The Steam Deck’s Specs Have Changed, With New SSDs Installed

Image: ValveAnyone who bought one of Valve’s Steam Decks at launch got a very particular model of solid state drive installed in their device. Anyone buying one more recently has received a different drive, one that’s potentially slower.As Hardwareluxx report (via PC Gamer), all Steam Decks that originally shipped with either a 256 or 512GB SSD would have had them connected via four “lanes”. Now some units are shipping with drives that connect via just two “lanes”, a change that could in theory result in slower performance since you’re essentially halving the drive’s bandwidth. This downgrade wasn’t publicly announced via a press release or statement, and Steam Decks shipping with these newer drives haven’t been differentiated by a new model number. Indeed the only public mention of the ch...
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The Best Steam Summer Sale Discounts, From FFVII To Cuphead

Screenshot: Square EnixEverything feels like it’s exploding in forest fires or uncaring politicians, but at least you can currently get Bugsnax for 50% off in the Steam Summer Sale, which began yesterday and will run until July 7 at 1 p.m. Eastern. The sale knocks a lot of money off thousands of games—most of which are discounted by 20-50%, though some have seen their prices slashed by over 80% (like the very eh NBA 2K22, which is currently $9.59 and was originally $59.99) (lol). The games included in the sale are also varied. You can snag anything from a usually $60 triple-A title to some cult classic indies you’ve been interested in for years but haven’t gotten around to buying, all for a hardy discount.If this choice and opportunity sounds overwhelming, that’s because it is. But there a...
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Here Are 8 Adorably Wholesome Indie Games To Keep Your Eyes On

The Wholesome Games Direct presentation just wrapped, and after about an hour of trailers, the livestream underscored one thing for me: There sure are a lotta farming sims out in the wild. Hey, I don’t mind the abundance of these games. Farming in games can be a cozy escape, but it was strange seeing so many trying to bite the successful formula of games like Animal Crossing and Stardew Valley. That said, the broadcast did feature a number of compelling indies, from turn-based rhythm games to visual novels, some of which are coming sooner than you might expect.In case you don’t know, the Wholesome Direct, now in its second year, is a livestream dedicated to comfy-cozy indie games usually developed by marginalized creators. So what you’re getting are experiences that venture off the beaten ...