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Fourth Episode One Trailer & News Update

Posted June 1, 2006 10:50 am by DarMonkey | Comments (0)

Valve has released the fourth Half-Life 2: Episode One trailer. With the most recent Steam client updates, some new features and bug fixes have been added. For more information, visit this Steam News Update page.

In anticipation of the official release of Half-Life 2: Episode One tomorrow, Steam has just been updated to include some new features.

Friends (Steam's instant message client) officially released
We've been conducting a beta of Friends for the past few weeks, and it's now ready for prime time. Give it a try and add some friends to your list.

Steam game file fragmentation automatically detected and fixed
Our on-going goal with Steam is to improve the service we offer customers. One example of this is work we've done on performance optimization of level loads. By using information gathered from Steam clients, we found that the problem was actually the result of fragmented game cache files. Steam will now automatically detect and correct fragmentation, giving performance improvements on cache accesses of up to 600%. Rather than having to guess or estimate performance bottle-necks, Steam gave us the ability to precisely solve the real-world problem.

Out-of-date video drivers detected
Since Episode One takes advantage of many new Source engine features, we wanted to make sure that everyone had up-to-date video drivers. We've updated Steam's driver check, so if yours is old you'll get a message prompting you to update when you launch the game.
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Steam Client Update Released

Posted June 1, 2006 10:28 am by DarMonkey | Comments (2)

Updates to the Steam Client have been released. The updates will be applied automatically when your Steam client is restarted. The specific changes include:

Friends
  • Friends is now officially released, ending the Beta
  • Fixed case where friends list would show as empty
  • Added prompt for new users to choose their Friends name
Defrag
  • Added file defrag option in game->properties dialog
Backup
  • Improved speed & reliability of the Backup utility
  • Added custom disk size option, in addition to the DVD & CD standard sizes
  • Fixed case where backup would produce files too large for some CD burning software to handle
  • Added an auto-run to created backups
Steam Client
  • Added 'Games' option to settings -> interface -> favorite window dropdown
  • Fixed developer name & icon not showing for mods in the games list
  • Fixed issue causing apps a user owned to show as 'pre-loaded' in the games list
  • Fixed case where steam:/ / hyperlinks wouldn't work for users who used a registry restore tool
News Source: Steam News
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