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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.

Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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Faalagorn 9 June 2019 at 6:17 pm UTC
So far it's not so bad. Not many things changed, which is good. I kinda wish they'd upgrade the whole client from the legacy cruft, but as long as they manage to expand it (like they did with big picture mode, proton and now this) it's fine. I just wish the client could be fully 64-bit though.
liamdawe 9 June 2019 at 6:22 pm UTC
Added more details.
Dribbleondo 9 June 2019 at 6:27 pm UTC
Not gotten it to work =/
Schattenspiegel 9 June 2019 at 6:36 pm UTC
Great - so I will have to change to XFCE to compensate the wasted resources of the library?
Hope they have a do-not-annoy-me-with-useless-pictures-aninimations-and-features-in-my-library switch in the options.
Beamboom 9 June 2019 at 6:47 pm UTC
Not directly related but speaking of the Steam client: Nowadays whenever I start the client it starts downloading shader pre-caching content for a lot of my games. Like, every single day. Mostly the same handful of titles too, amongst them *always* Fallout 4.

Do this happen to the rest of you too, and anyone know why?


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liamdawe 9 June 2019 at 7:00 pm UTC
BeamboomNot directly related but speaking of the Steam client: Nowadays whenever I start the client it starts downloading shader pre-caching content for a lot of my games. Like, every single day. Mostly the same handful of titles too, amongst them *always* Fallout 4.

Do this happen to the rest of you too, and anyone know why?
It's part of Steam feature for shaders to reduce stuttering in games for us.
Phlebiac 9 June 2019 at 7:44 pm UTC
BeamboomNowadays whenever I start the client it starts downloading shader pre-caching content for a lot of my games. Like, every single day. Mostly the same handful of titles too...
Do this happen to the rest of you too, and anyone know why?

Yes; it seems simply restarting Steam will cause it to want to re-download a bunch of shader caches it just downloaded.
buckysrevenge 9 June 2019 at 7:58 pm UTC
Did they do any updates to BPM at all?
Ardje 9 June 2019 at 8:15 pm UTC
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But what will happen to big picture? Because that needs a real overhaul.... The normal client font is too small for TV's, but the big picture has a very bad overview, especially for video. Which I stopped buying video.
Phlebiac 9 June 2019 at 8:21 pm UTC
DribbleondoNot gotten it to work =/

The library just showed a blank window for me, until I realized I had put the steamui folder in the wrong spot. Once I put it where Liam said, it worked. ;-)

Of note is that they have eliminated the "Linux games" vs "All games" views. It was nice to see at a glance the counts (how much has my percentage of native games increased?), but that was already broken if you enabled Steam Play globally. Speaking of which, the messaging about the compatibility tool used is missing in this UI (i.e. "Proton 3.16-7 by Valve testing" or "Proton 4.2-5 set by you"). Hopefully they add that back in.

Another issue: if your list of collections/categories doesn't fit in the window, it just gets truncated in the menus (Add To..., Games->Your Collections - I can't see a bunch that are cut off at the top).

When looking at the details of a game, there's a little checkbox in the upper right corner, that says it will toggle a new header style, but when you click on it, it looks like it's to configure where the title gets placed on the game image, or something. Work in progress feature, I guess.
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