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Play Next is live on Steam to remind you of all your unplayed games

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After a short Beta period we wrote about previously, the Play Next feature is now live on Steam to remind you of your vast game library you've not touched.

We've all been there. Not knowing what to play from 100s of games and when you build up quite a backlog it's also easy to forget about games you actually own. This is the point of Play Next. Originally a Steam Labs experiment, then entering the Steam Client in a recent Beta and now it's out for everyone in a stable release.

If you have unplayed or games with "very low" playtime, there's now a Play Next shelf in your Steam Library.

While I see it as quite a useful feature, as I know plenty of people who pick up a big list of games during sales, it's also easy to see why people may not like it. Another feature nagging you and it might even perhaps feel a little embarrassing that you have so many unplayed games. Thankfully this can be moved or removed if you wish as it's just a Shelf.

This stable release of the Steam Client also came with other improvements. For Linux, Valve fixed the "registry.vdf" file sometimes becoming corrupt after a forced system reboot and issues with cloud sync and game downloads when ipv6 is completely disabled in the OS. Another Linux fix is for the Steam Cloud, to have Steam use the correct local relative path for game data for some games on Linux. Steam Overlay should also be more stable with OpenGL, as a crash was solved were in rare cases after a screen resolution change while the overlay is not up.

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Eike 15 May, 2020
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QuoteThankfully this can be moved or removed if you wish as it's just a Shelf.

... but the news shelf cannot be removed, right?
Tchey 15 May, 2020
The "news" may be annoying, but something that bothers me more is the "your friend XXX has a new achievement" "XXX now owns ZZZ game" etc. I don’t care about that part at all. I want only game related news posted by the team... And i can’t find any option to remove it.
Ehvis 15 May, 2020
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I've already given into "Play Next" and played (and finished) The Turing Test because it kept recommending it. Nice, if somewhat flawed, puzzle game.
Liam Dawe 15 May, 2020
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QuoteThankfully this can be moved or removed if you wish as it's just a Shelf.

... but the news shelf cannot be removed, right?
Not that I can see, as it's not a Shelf but a feature.
Eike 15 May, 2020
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Quoting: Liam Dawe
Quoting: Eike... but the news shelf cannot be removed, right?
Not that I can see, as it's not a Shelf but a feature.

... if not a bug. ;)
Linas 15 May, 2020
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Quoting: Eike
Quoting: Liam Dawe
Quoting: Eike... but the news shelf cannot be removed, right?
Not that I can see, as it's not a Shelf but a feature.
... if not a bug. ;)
I see what you did there.
Beamboom 15 May, 2020
Quoting: TcheyI want only game related news posted by the team... And i can’t find any option to remove it.

Click on the cogwheel next to the "What's new" and turn on "only show product updates", won't that fix it?
tuubi 15 May, 2020
Quoting: Patola
Quoting: TcheyThe "news" may be annoying, but something that bothers me more is the "your friend XXX has a new achievement" "XXX now owns ZZZ game" etc. I don’t care about that part at all. I want only game related news posted by the team... And i can’t find any option to remove it.
I love these features. One of the best parts of gaming is being social, to know what your friends have been playing, to talk to each other. And Steam does that better than any other gaming client. This is specially precious in these times of lockdown, and a way to keep in touch with friends and gaming news. It is also very discreet, I don't see how could anyone be annoyed by this.
For introverts (like me) social interaction might be fun but it's also quite stressful. I'm pretty much permanently "invisible" in the Steam friends list for example, and I have no social media accounts. I like people in general, and I definitely like my friends, but these features do not scratch an itch for me. Although I wouldn't say I'm particularly annoyed; I mostly just ignore them.
Schattenspiegel 15 May, 2020
Quoting: Eike
QuoteThankfully this can be moved or removed if you wish as it's just a Shelf.

... but the news shelf cannot be removed, right?
Quoting: TcheyThe "news" may be annoying, but something that bothers me more is the "your friend XXX has a new achievement" "XXX now owns ZZZ game" etc. I don’t care about that part at all. I want only game related news posted by the team... And i can’t find any option to remove it.

Find libraryroot.css and have a look in there - you might be surprised what can be done in combination with a little -noverifyfiles added to the launcher.
flesk 15 May, 2020
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It seems like a useful feature to me, but I wish there was a way to have it not recommend old Windows games from my library, other than having to manually hide all of them.
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