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More shots of Steam's new Library design thanks to a leak (updated)

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We know that Valve are slowly working on an overhaul to parts of the Steam Client and we have more shots of it according to a leak.

The leak source comes from SteamDB, who noted on Twitter "A work in progress version of the new Steam client interface leaked through an update to the Chinese CSGO launcher. We're currently digging through the changes, we'll post more if we find anything noteworthy.".

With some help from folks in our Discord Channel, I've been able to give it a run:

Additionally, SteamDB noted how it seems the syndicated news section on Steam Library pages has gone, so perhaps this means an end to random news items showing up that are often nothing to do with the actual game you're currently on. It could be that this is as a result of things like this happening:

However, official Steam store announcements for each game remain (as seen in my own screenshots above with Rocket League), so it's just no longer pulling in news about games from other sources which makes sense, although I'm sure some found it useful.

The Library Search has also seen some interesting updates, which I am sure will please many. For those who sort their games into different categories, you're in for some changes. They're now called a "Collection", which you can find any time like so:

You can also use the search, along with some filters and then save that as a Collection of games to quickly jump back to:

All looks pretty good, far better than what we have now easily. The new search filtering options make it painless to find games you might not have played for a while, especially nice when you have almost 1.5K games like me.

There's also a new slick hover feature for trading cards, which does look really quite cool. Hopefully it won't be too much longer before it's out in some form for everyone. You can also see Tyler McVicker (Valve News Network) take a look around in this video.

If you wish to try it, the download that will likely vanish soon (or Valve may ask to remove the link) is here. Use it at your own risk, I am not responsible for anything that happens. Remove everything after the ".zip", then extract the steamui folder into "~/.steam/steam/steamui". Then add "-newlib" to the end of your launch argument for Steam itself, in the terminal it's simply "steam -newlib" to see it.

The timing of this coming out seems far too convenient, an easy way for Valve to get some free advertising around E3. Not that I'm complaining, I've been waiting for this for a long time.

Article updated with new screenshots and info after first-hand testing.

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vector 11 June 2019 at 1:08 am UTC
Tangential: I wish Valve would work on improving personalized recommendations. The game recommendations I get are often laughably bad and get in the way of promotion of games I would actually be interested in, despite my having added several hundred games to my ignore list and having excluded a handful of tags. I find that user-generated tags are pretty generic / are not very fine-grained, but I don't feel it is my place to create tags for games I don't own and haven't played (even if I have a pretty good idea what the games are about).

A while back, I bought Agatha Christie - The ABC Murders, Aragami, OneShot, Septerra Core, and Sumoman (as part of larger orders), which are all tagged "anime", and as a result I was served a heavy dose of erogesque recommendations (because they are also tagged "anime") for a few months after that, despite my never having bought or searched for anything similar to eroge (e.g. no visual novels, no dating sims, etc.), and despite the fact that most of the games I purchased during that time were not tagged "anime" and most of the games I played during that time were not tagged "anime". I ended up adding "visual novel", "dating sim", and "NSFW" to my list of excluded tags, which helped some, but didn't stem the flow to a completely satisfactory degree (ultimately, I had to individually add a lot of games to my ignore list), but I am not willing to exclude the "anime", "mature", "nudity", "romance", or "sexual content" tags, because that could affect recommendations of games similar to ATOM RPG, Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition, Beat Cop, CrossCode, Doorways: Holy Mountains of Flesh, HITMAN, Lamplight City, Metro 2033 Redux, Metro: Last Light Redux, >observer_, Pathfinder: Kingmaker, Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire, Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun, Spec Ops: The Line, State of Mind, and The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, just to a name a few games that share one or more of those tags.

Similarly, I don't care for multiplayer-only games (which also show up in my recommendations fairly consistently), but I am concerned that if I add "multiplayer" to my list of excluded tags, that will affect the recommendations of games that have both single-player and multi-player modes, as these games are usually tagged "multiplayer". Excluding the "massively multiplayer" tag runs the same risk due to how the tag has been applied. All I can really do is individually add multiplayer-only games to my ignore list, which doesn't stop other multiplayer-only games from being recommended.

My experience with Steam's recommendations is that they often end up being little better than a Web recommendation that states, "If you've ever visited github and fosshub, we think you'd also be interested in biblehub, grubhub, lithub, pornhub, and stubhub, because these are websites whose names also contain the suffix 'hub'."


Last edited by vector on 11 June 2019 at 2:40 am UTC
Eike 12 June 2019 at 10:00 am UTC
Genre filters!?!
Yes please!
sbolokanov 12 June 2019 at 2:57 pm UTC
Eike
sbolokanovThe only thing that's stopping me from enjoying Feral's work is the fact that Steam is 32bit-only.
No matter what they improve the fact will remain…

What's the problem with that?

It's not a problem, per se, rather a reason not to care for any improvements on Steam's part and skip (or find alternatives, piracy exists after all) anything that require it.

A pure 64bit system over here. And I hope you can accept my unwillingness to bloat my system (performance wise, and other effects also) for that one tool.
Eike 12 June 2019 at 2:59 pm UTC
sbolokanovA pure 64bit system over here. And I hope you can accept my unwillingness to bloat my system (performance wise, and other effects also) for that one tool.

Your unwillingness is yours to keep, but I'm not aware of any performance or other issues except a minuscule additional disc usage.
Phlebiac 13 June 2019 at 4:24 am UTC
PhlebiacYes; it seems simply restarting Steam will cause it to want to re-download a bunch of shader caches it just downloaded.

Looks like they fixed it in today's beta update.
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