Steam Summer Sale Includes Thousands of Discounted PC Games

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The mid-year gaming holidays, also known as the annual Steam Summer Sale, has kicked off this week. The sale features a large chunk of Steam’s huge library of PC games at discounted prices. You can also participate in a community grand prix event by earning in-game achievements and purchasing games. Winners can receive games on their wishlist, and redeem points for new emoticons and backgrounds.

As in previous years there are no daily sales or flash sales. What you see is what you get throughout the sale. Here are some of the best deals for this year’s Steam Summer Sale:

To participate in the grand prix event, you’ll need to join a racing team. -After you choose a colorful racer, you can increase your boost meter by logging in daily, as well as spending money during the sale (1$ = 100 boost points). Next you can help drive your team’s car by earning Grand Prix Quest achievements in certain games in your library. By contributing you can earn Grand Prix tokens, which can be redeemed at the Pit Stop for emoticons and profile backgrounds.

The real prize is being part of a winning team. Each day of the event random members from the top three teams will win the top game from their Steam wishlist, so make sure you have games listed there!

The Steam Summer Sale ends July 9.

Xbox Games Pass Expanding to PC with Over 100 Games

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Two years ago Microsoft launched Xbox Game Pass as a Netflix-like subscription service for Xbox One. Now that service is being expanded onto Windows PC. The service is still called Xbox Game Pass, and will include a large library of digital games through multiple PC stores including the Microsoft Store and Steam, as well as discounts on purchases.

“As the creators of Windows, we have a unique responsibility to ensure we’re investing in experiences that benefit players everywhere, while respecting the PC community’s preference for an open, highly customizable platform,” writes Phil Spencer, head of Xbox. “Xbox Game Pass for PC will give players unlimited access to a curated library of over 100 high-quality PC games on Windows 10, from well-known PC game developers and publishers such as Bethesda, Deep Silver, Devolver Digital, Paradox Interactive, SEGA, and more.”

Over 75 developers and publishers will bring their games to Xbox Game Pass for PC, including recent studios acquired by Microsoft like Obsidian and InXile.

The most interesting news is that these games won’t be limited to Microsoft’s own Microsoft Store, often considered one of the weakest digital stores on PC. Spencer confirms more than 20 Xbox Game Studios games will launch on Steam, including Gears 5. No mention of other PC stores like GOG or Epic Games Store, but Spencer teases “other stores on PC” they are working with. Microsoft will continue to support cross-platform play between Xbox One and select Windows 10 PC games.

More details on Microsoft’s growing PC support and Xbox Game Pass will be announced at the Xbox E3 2019 press conference on Sunday, June 9. Spencer has recently confirmed 14 Xbox Game Studios games will be shown.

Discover New Slime Skins in Slime Rancher DLC Secret Style Pack

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Monomi Park has announced a new paid DLC pack for Slime Rancher. The Secret Style Pack (June 18) adds new alternate cosmetic skins for all 20 slimes.

Once installed, new treasure pods can be found scattered throughout the alien slime-filled world of the Far, Far Range. Each treasure pod will contain a new secret style for a slime. Each style can be turned off and on at the ranch house to make every slime appear with its new skin.

Note that it’s purely a cosmetic change. Slimes will still act, and eat, according to their normal slime type.

Below is a list of the new slime styles:

  • Sparkly (Pink Slime)
  • Monochrome (Quantum Slime)
  • Heavy Metal (Rock Slime)
  • Shattered (Mosaic Slime)
  • Tiger (Tabby Slime)
  • Nebula (Dervish Slime)
  • Angelic (Phosphor Slime)
  • Nightshade (Tangle Slime)
  • Radiant (Rad Slime)
  • Devilish (Fire Slime)
  • Arcane (Boom Slime)
  • Pre-Jellasic (Saber Slime)
  • Royal Jelly (Honey Slime)
  • Boomerang (Quicksilver Slime)
  • Lilypad (Puddle Slime)
  • Retro (Glitch Slime)
  • Ruby Red (Crystal Slime)
  • Gilded (Gold Slime)
  • Cheshire (Hunter Slime)
  • Guardian (Lucky Slime)

The Secret Style Pack will arrive first on PC (Steam, Epic Games Store) and later on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Slime Rancher is one of our favorite family-friendly games of the last several years (read our review). It’s currently available on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One and rated E10+.