Valve is giving Steam a face lift and feature update

Imagine walking into a library dense with book-lined shelves and realizing that not a single book is marked with a Dewey Decimal sticker. We give Steam a lot of love for its sales, but Valve has taken the same “Valve time” approach to updating Steam that it has to releasing third parts of its games. Now, finally, Valve is giving Steam an overhaul that will update the look and offer some new functionality.

A Fresh Look

Valve's Steam Library UpdateThe most immediately obvious part of the update is the new look. Depending on where you stand it might be too new or not new enough. The Steam menu elements at the top of the application are identical to the current Steam look. The left-hand menu looks largely the same, albeit a bit more compact and streamlined.

The primary browsing window, however, takes inspiration from Steam’s big picture mode and some more modern storefronts like those of GOG Galaxy and the Epic Games Store. The “shelf” style layout elevates things like friend activity and newly-updated games, along with whatever you might currently be playing.

Wait, Come Back

In addition to surfacing friend activity, Steam wants you to know what’s happening in your games. The client will showcase new game updates, such as the  update or in-game events, though Valve says that it doesn’t want to do that at the expense of showing you your own games—the ones you already know you like. For these, Valve is working on developer tools that will help the people who make games get the word out to people who play them.

Steam has been due for a fresh coat of paint for a while, so we’re glad to see Valve finally giving it some attention with this update. We’re hoping they’ll go further, pushing for some new features and better curation. This storefront is where all our games are, so it would be nice to see Valve giving it some real attention.

If you want a peek at the new Steam, you don’t have to wait long. Valve is putting the new Steam up on public beta on September 17th.

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[quote] Imagine walking into a library dense with book-lined shelves and realizing that not a single book is marked with a Dewey Decimal sticker. [/quote]
Library of Congress, FTW:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Library_of_Congress_Classification

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All we really want Valve to do is Half-Life 3 and Portal 3.

Krogoth
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Half-Life 3 is completely dead. Most of the original team are gone and they have already written themselves into a corner according to the leaked script (FYI, leaked by the original writer of HL1/HL2). DNF’s lackluster reception was the final nail in HL3’s coffin. Valve would rather kept IP around on a positive note with a cliffhanger rather than burning it down with a sequel that never satisfy expectations. Besides, current gaming demographics don’t care for the first two installations. It is too risky to try to a reboot the entire franchise that appeals more to current demographics. Portal 2… Read more »

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And selling hats. Don’t forget the hats!

Krogoth
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Krogoth

Hat Fortress 2 has been dying down in the past five or so years. DOTA2 has taken-up the micro-transactions slack.

Spunjji
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Not sure why you got downvotes for this – it suck to hear it, but I can’t see anything untrue about what you said.

Klumpo
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I hope it utilizes Direct2D so we get 120fps smoith UI transitions, scrolling and animations. Big picture mode has done this for years. 🙂

juzz86
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For a minute there, I thought: “Where the hell did Eric get a “T*****stein” tab from? And I was sad because that’s a good word.

Then it clicked. What a tool.

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doomguy64

The one thing steam needs to fix, is news feed curation, so I can block disgusting fake news clickbait headlines from polluting my library with ridiculous nonsense. Last thing I want to see in my library when I go to play a game is a developer being accused of “child pornography, white supremacy, or racism” right on the game page, and it is currently unblockable. This was done to THQ for Darksiders 3, and it is outright unacceptable to be unable to block these tabloid trash headlines from the library news feed on the game’s main launcher page. The screenshots… Read more »

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I feel you mate. I only ever check the News feed when I get a bugle badge light up. I made the mistake of looking once when there was no announcement – my goodness, never again.

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What the hell is a news feed?

Seriously, Steam is a shop. Its function starts when I give them money and ends when a program (that happens to be a game) is installed on my PC. Subsequent to that, Steam’s .exe gets killed as it no longer has any purpose.

Krogoth
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Begun the great gaming eTailer wars round 2 has

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