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Looks like Steam is getting a brand new Downloads page

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Now that the dust has settled on the new Steam Library design, along with various other UI overhauls like the Properties page for games (and the recent SteamPal console leaks) - Valve will be fixing up the Steam Downloads page now too.

The Downloads page in the Steam client hasn't really been touched for a long time. It does the job, sure but it could be a lot more useful. That's set to change, although we don't know when, you can test it yourself right now if you go to "steam://nav/library/downloads".

It seems it's supposed to look something like this (thanks to Pavel Djundik of SteamDB on Twitter):

Weirdly though, it's not the same for everyone.

Trying it myself sort-of gives me it, but not quite and this was tested across both the Stable and Beta versions of Steam. So they're clearly not quite ready to roll it out just yet. This is what I see which has a few adjustments but not quite the overhaul as seen above:

Hopefully Valve will finally add a "Download All" button, so we don't have to keep pressing download on individual items to queue them up. Although, that might only be an issue for people like me, who set Steam to only download between super-late hours to prevent it just auto updating everything all the time. As that seems like the only way to have a bit of control over downloads.

Apparently they're also working on a new settings page too, although not easily accessed.

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Quoting: stan
Quoting: 14What is up with you guys having to download all the updates as soon as you know they exist? I let my "queued for later" list do its thing.
1) It will *never* do its thing because the download times are *always* when my computer is turned off.
How sure are you about that? My computer goes to sleep all the time. Not only that, I don't run Steam all that often. My computer is absolutely not online during most of the scheduled updates, yet they happen automatically. I dare you to test it. Of course, if it's just a pet peeve of yours, then that's what it is and that's that.
idk-man 10 Sep
I absolutely hate this new design (talking about the oversimplifying Trend) Why can’t they just leave things as they are or at least give people the chance to change to the original design.
Eike 10 Sep
Quoting: idk-manI absolutely hate this new design (talking about the oversimplifying Trend) Why can’t they just leave things as they are or at least give people the chance to change to the original design.

Well... They weren't good. I mean, from a usability perspective. If I understood correctly, I can now define the download queue with drag and drop, while before, I had to push the up arrow on the games in order... but in reverse order. Same for library places: The new interface can do more. And in my humble opinion, it also looks better, but well, that's just taste, isn't it?


Last edited by Eike on 10 September 2021 at 5:46 pm UTC
Brisse 10 Sep
Quoting: Eike
Quoting: idk-manI absolutely hate this new design (talking about the oversimplifying Trend) Why can’t they just leave things as they are or at least give people the chance to change to the original design.

Well... They weren't good. I mean, from a usability perspective. If I understood correctly, I can now define the download queue with drag and drop, while before, I had to push the up arrow on the games in order... but in reverse order. Same for library places: The new interface can do more. And in my humble opinion, it also looks better, but well, that's just taste, isn't it?

Agree. While I don't think it's especially great, it's still slightly better than it was before. I don't get the "oversimplification" argument, since it was even more lacking in functionality before. As far as I can see, they didn't remove anything, but they did add more features, some of which I find somewhat helpful.
AciD 15 Sep
Quoting: EikeI never had more than half a dozen games to download, and if I would, I wouldn't care to watch them downloading..

Well, when you have lots of disk space, a 4k screen and lots of games, you can pretty easily get that kind of page :
Steam wasted space

What a waste :(
Eike 15 Sep
Quoting: AciDWhat a waste :(

Ok, I see the waste of space. But what would you do with the 47 downloaded games? Are you looking through them for update notes? I guess it's not like you touched all of them in the last weeks and care too much? I'd "effacer tout" and all data I'm actually interested in fits fine on the screen.
dibz 15 Sep
Quoting: AciD
Quoting: EikeI never had more than half a dozen games to download, and if I would, I wouldn't care to watch them downloading..

Well, when you have lots of disk space, a 4k screen and lots of games, you can pretty easily get that kind of page :
Steam wasted space

What a waste :(

I guess I'm curious what you actually want from them to fix that issue? Personally, I use a 4k screen -- but with an armchair in an HTPC setup, so I use scaling to be easier on the eyes. I have no use for tiny interface elements to begin with. I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest you probably run into similar white space issues with a lot of apps.
Eike 16 Sep
Quoting: dibz
Quoting: AciD
Quoting: EikeI never had more than half a dozen games to download, and if I would, I wouldn't care to watch them downloading..

Well, when you have lots of disk space, a 4k screen and lots of games, you can pretty easily get that kind of page :
Steam wasted space

What a waste :(

I guess I'm curious what you actually want from them to fix that issue? Personally, I use a 4k screen -- but with an armchair in an HTPC setup, so I use scaling to be easier on the eyes. I have no use for tiny interface elements to begin with. I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest you probably run into similar white space issues with a lot of apps.

Will, there's lots of unused space in the middle. Something tiled might help.
dibz 17 Sep
Quoting: Eike
Quoting: dibz
Quoting: AciD
Quoting: EikeI never had more than half a dozen games to download, and if I would, I wouldn't care to watch them downloading..

Well, when you have lots of disk space, a 4k screen and lots of games, you can pretty easily get that kind of page :
Steam wasted space

What a waste :(

I guess I'm curious what you actually want from them to fix that issue? Personally, I use a 4k screen -- but with an armchair in an HTPC setup, so I use scaling to be easier on the eyes. I have no use for tiny interface elements to begin with. I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest you probably run into similar white space issues with a lot of apps.

Will, there's lots of unused space in the middle. Something tiled might help.

Ugh, hopefully if they ever add something like that it'll just be optional. Sounds like a mental headache to parse for me.
AciD 18 Sep
Quoting: Eike
Quoting: AciDWhat a waste :(

Ok, I see the waste of space. But what would you do with the 47 downloaded games? Are you looking through them for update notes? I guess it's not like you touched all of them in the last weeks and care too much? I'd "effacer tout" and all data I'm actually interested in fits fine on the screen.

Sometimes Steam downloads 60+ updates the same day.
I indeed want to see the update notes, since the "News" banner in the library is very, very limited (and algorithmically curated, which is wrong imho).

Displaying the downloads with the same tiled view than in the library would be better in my opinion.
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