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Valve continue upgrading the experience for the new Steam Library with another Beta update available now.

I know plenty of people missed Small Mode, well the good news is that it has returned! If you go to View -> Small Mode in the top menu it will now correctly switch to it. It has been updated too, so you can view your Collections in it too. Don't know what Small Mode is? It makes your Steam client look like this:

Additionally, they added a setting to turn icons off in the left column game list/Small Mode. There's a few styling tweaks for content not fitting when Steam is in a smaller window, a few crashes were solved when uninstalling games and a few more crashes were fixed.

For the Linux client, Valve updated vaapi decoding to libva2 compatibility, they applied some fixes to free disk space checking due to issues with some NFS mounts and Steam Input's F12 binding was fixed as well. See the full changelog here.

Curiously, Steam Broadcasting settings now actually show up in the Linux client. Before this Beta update, the Broadcast settings page always said "Steam Broadcasting is not currently supported on this operating system" but that message is gone and replaced with the ability to turn it on. Not that it works, testing this morning didn't allow people to watch me or me to watch them. Will be interesting to see if they are working on getting it supported or if it the settings were enabled in the Linux client by mistake.

As for Steam Cloud Gaming (do read that if you missed it!), we're seeing a few more leaks now. SteamDB put out another Twitter post to mention the latest Beta added more references to it including support for multiple cloud providers on top of Valve. One of the third parties mentioned is NVIDIA's GeForce Now.

It's going to be incredibly interesting to see exactly how Valve will be handling this, especially if they will allow other services to integrate directly with it. That could be a pretty big selling point compared to the likes of Stadia.

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Thetargos 8 November 2019 at 5:35 pm UTC
Wow! I have a ton of things to try tonight when I get Home
phalen 9 November 2019 at 1:01 am UTC
Toric
ArdjeBroadcasting actually *works* \0/
Now I can let everybody enjoy my plays of radiator 2
How were you able to get it working? the article says it still doesn't work yet. Did you find a workaround?

I can confirm it does work just by turning it on in settings and allowing all or friends to watch. I opened up the broadcast hub on volconoids and verified it did show a stream for me.

LiamFor the Linux client, Valve updated vaapi decoding to libva2 compatibility, they applied some fixes to free disk space checking due to issues with some NFS mounts and Steam Input's F12 binding was fixed as well. See the full changelog here.

OMG I have been waiting for nfs fixes for 3 years. [Its probably technically a 2TB size bug but especially affects nfs and cifs shares]


Last edited by phalen on 9 November 2019 at 1:02 am UTC
dubigrasu 9 November 2019 at 1:36 am UTC
Broadcasting works for me though, not that I've done much testing, just tried on the same system.
Oh, the sound seems busted though.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnsAHwKUVBg
techieg33k 9 November 2019 at 2:21 am UTC
Steam Broadcasting. Yes please!
x_wing 9 November 2019 at 3:04 am UTC
It's workiing, It's workiiing!!!

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Last edited by x_wing on 9 November 2019 at 3:05 am UTC
elmapul 10 November 2019 at 9:05 am UTC
'It's going to be incredibly interesting to see exactly how Valve will be handling this, especially if they will allow other services to integrate directly with it. That could be a pretty big selling point compared to the likes of Stadia.'
or it could be an steam machines 2.0 (another flop)
MayeulC 10 November 2019 at 12:30 pm UTC
I don't know whether this is related or not (to steam broadcast or steam cloud), but there are now "remote play on {phone,tablet,TV}" categories on the store page for some games (I could see those on Rise of the tomb raider, FTL, for instace, but haven't checked others): https://store.steampowered.com/search/?category2=41 (It doesn't seem fully implemented, though).


Last edited by MayeulC on 10 November 2019 at 12:31 pm UTC
Liam Dawe 10 November 2019 at 5:15 pm UTC
MayeulCI don't know whether this is related or not (to steam broadcast or steam cloud), but there are now "remote play on {phone,tablet,TV}" categories on the store page for some games (I could see those on Rise of the tomb raider, FTL, for instace, but haven't checked others): https://store.steampowered.com/search/?category2=41 (It doesn't seem fully implemented, though).
That was added in a while back, due to Remote Play.
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