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Valve has announced its divisive Steam Controller has been discontinued. There will be no more production of Steam Controllers and the existing stock is all that will ever be available.
UPDATE: Remedy has rolled back the update for Control which added DRM to the PC version. Control on PC has now reverted to version 1.03 for the time being, removing the always-online DRM feature added in update 1.04.
While it’s not someone that will appeal to everyone, Steam’s Remote Play feature has made great strides since it came out of beta. While the feature was initially limited to Steam Link devices, Remote Play is now widely available through Steam Link apps on phones, tablets, and even built straight into smart TVs. With the press of a button, you can start streaming a game straight from your PC onto your device of choice.
Digital Bros, the parent company of publisher 505 Games, has published a financial document which exposes how much Epic paid for Control’s Epic Games Store exclusivity.
The first post-launch update is inbound for Control and it sounds as if it’s good news for those of you with performance issues. The patch is out right now on Playstation 4 and will be coming to PC and Xbox One shortly.
Red Dead Online, it would be fair to say, has had a rocky year since Red Dead Redemption 2's launch. There’s been a dearth of content, ropey control systems, and a sense that Rockstar really hadn’t yet unlocked the full potential of a massive online Western wilderness. That could all be set to change this week with the arrival of Frontier Pursuits, a massive overhaul which revamps the responsiveness of the controls and adds three Specialist Roles, jobs which can be worked through in order to unlock unique gear, camp upgrades, abilities, and activities. 
By all accounts, Control is quite a hit or miss experience in terms of performance depending on which rig or console you happen to be playing. It’s worst for console players, naturally, with frame rate analysis on the base PS4 and Xbox One consoles discovering frame rate dips into the 10s. That’s basically unplayable, although PS4 Pro and Xbox One X players obviously benefit from enhanced performance. 
Remedy's Control has arrived today, arguably setting a new benchmark for PC graphics tech. It's the sort eyeball massaging we haven't seen since the Crysis days. But, such graphical fidelity doesn't come without a prohibitive performance cost. Control is a very demanding PC game and will require high-end graphics hardware in order to run smoothly. In particular, you will need a top-end GPU to play Control at high resolutions.
It's not often we get a new graphical behemoth these days, but Remedy's Control ticks all the boxes we hope for from a graphical powerhouse. Control comes packing extensive real-time ray-tracing support, truly flexing the muscles of the Nvidia GeForce RTX video cards.
With Remedy wildly altering Control's PC system requirements shortly before launch, it's been difficult to grasp whether we'd be getting ourselves a new graphical benchmark by which all other games are compared or, well, Alan Wake. Having spent some significant time with Control already, the answer is certainly nearer the former. Remedy has rallied together all of its craft and technical know-how to deliver a third-person shooter which massages your eyeballs as much as it itches your trigger-finger.
UPDATE: It's all change for Control's system requirements. Once the most demanding game in existence on PC, developer Remedy has made some sweeping changes to the PC specs. Good, because there were barely any people that could run it last time.