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We're seeing even more leaks out of a recent Steam Beta update from Valve that not only hinted at the SteamPal console, and the new Downloads page but also a big overhaul to the Library manager.

If you only have one storage drive, you've probably never used it or even looked at it. In the Steam Client, you can set where you want Steam to install downloads into, with it being pretty darn archaic right now and not so useful. I give you Exhibit A:

Thanks once again to Pavel Djundik of SteamDB for pointing out the new leak on Twitter, we know that Valve are testing a complete overhaul to bring it in line with their modern styling. Note: you need to opt into the Steam Beta.

It's currently a little on the broken side but you can easily see where they're going with this:

To enable it you need to open then Steam console by going to "steam://open/console", and then enter "bEnableNewContentManagement 1" to enable the feature (and 0 to turn it back off). To find the Download folders you go into Steam Settings -> Downloads -> Steam Library Folders.

Once the styling on it is cleaned up, it looks to be far more useful giving you more data about each storage folder at a glance and yup - even a bit more console like I would say. Would fit in more on a SteamPal don't you think? Desktop too of course, it actually seems quite useful to get a proper breakdown like that.

What do you think?

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How and where do I open a steam:// URL -- I can't seem to navigate to the area where I can manually enter the location.
Liam Dawe 29 May
Quoting: ElectricPrismHow and where do I open a steam:// URL -- I can't seem to navigate to the area where I can manually enter the location.
Just in your browser, and if your desktop is setup correctly it will open it inside Steam and you get a Console tab along the big main navigation bar.
mylka 29 May
do i need steam beta?

bEnableNewContentManagement 1
>>> command not found: bEnableNewContentManagement
Quoting: Liam Dawe
Quoting: ElectricPrismHow and where do I open a steam:// URL -- I can't seem to navigate to the area where I can manually enter the location.
Just in your browser, and if your desktop is setup correctly it will open it inside Steam and you get a Console tab along the big main navigation bar.

That makes sense -- I was able to enter the link into LibreWolf and it used a sort of xdg-open to pass it off to steam. Thank You.
Liam Dawe 29 May
Quoting: mylkado i need steam beta?

bEnableNewContentManagement 1
>>> command not found: bEnableNewContentManagement
Yes, needs Steam Beta.
bruno.tux 29 May
Error: Bail out! libnm:ERROR:libnm-core/nm-setting-wireless-security.c:837:need_secrets: code should not be reached
Phlebiac 29 May
If they are going to list the games installed there, it would be nice to have sorting options, or at least sort by amount of disk space used. Date last played might be another useful sorting option, when you are looking to free up some space.
denyasis 30 May
I'm a little conflicted on the new design. I prefer the compact layout and clear information of the old design as opposed to the new designs aesthetics. It's such a jumbled waste if space. But I do like the idea to quickly see what's in each library(and hopefully search and sort that list)

It's almost like the idea of adding a window to the side of the old library list that would populate with a list of games and relevant stats was too obvious, so it had to be wrong.
dubigrasu 30 May
Quoting: ElectricPrismHow and where do I open a steam:// URL -- I can't seem to navigate to the area where I can manually enter the location.
You can also do steam -console
Termy 30 May
this one actually makes much more sense than the overhauled download-page...i like it :D
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