First, we've added the utility slot, which is a new equipment slot. This is where you stash quick-access, limited-use items, such as throwing knives, balms, and poultices. We've populated the Vault with a number of items that take advantage of this slot, starting at the low low cost of 125 Renown.
Second, we can now support usable items in the game, which are items that grant minor and major abilities of their own. For example, the new Healing Poultice grants you the Apply Poultice ability:
You heal 2-5 damage.
Previously, items could only grant passive abilities, so this opens up a lot of new possibilities - possibilities the new Vault items start to explore, but which will get a lot more use in the upcoming "found treasure" release.
When you view your character sheet, you'll see the abilities granted to you by your items. You'll also see that we mark innate abilities (those you've learned, or gotten from your race or archetype) differently from equipment-based abilities.
Enjoy, and let us know what you think.