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More information courtesy of all the developers at SteamDevDays. Steam will apparently be getting a massive update/refresh soon and the amount of games releasing on Steam has been increasing by a lot.

As soon as a couple weeks, Steam will get some kind of major update (source), but it seems they didn't go into too many details as to what will be updated. This confirms earlier leaks, which detailed a slight refresh in the look of the store and giving curators a better presence.

Note: This is a store update, not a client update.

The last time Steam had a major update we had a new look, new filters, curators, the discovery queue and so on. It was a big update and helped a lot with finding games, so it will be very interesting to see what Valve have in store for us.

Since 2014 the amount of games being released on Steam has literally exploded:
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That's insanity, great for gamers of course and it shows how Valve's approach has changed to allow such growth of their store.

The problem with this, is that this kind of growth cannot be sustained in reality. Sure it's a lot easier for developers to make games than it probably was a few years ago thanks to all the amazing tools available, and we will likely see the actual growth of games continue due to this. The main issue is revenue, developers are fighting an increasingly high uphill battle to get noticed amongst the vast amount of games.

It also seems like Asia is a huge market compared to what it used to be and it's growing fast, that's nearly 500% growth from one region since SteamDevDays in 2014:
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That's pretty amazing, so I hope developers are looking at this and are seriously thinking about translations for their games.

Samsung is planning to integrate Steam Link with their TV units (source), which is pretty cool news. I wonder if any other manufacturer is thinking on this. In future you may be able to pick up a TV from a bunch of different sources that come with it, so no need for a seperate box. That's actually damn cool.

They are now on a lunch break, so more news will likely flow in later on. Probably a late night ahead for me being in the UK.
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hidekin 12 October 2016 at 7:04 pm UTC
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I hope that a hidpi support is planned with this update
coruun 12 October 2016 at 7:06 pm UTC
The fact that there will be a new store was leaked a few weeks ago. See for example here.


Last edited by coruun at 12 October 2016 at 7:07 pm UTC
liamdawe 12 October 2016 at 7:08 pm UTC
coruunThe fact that there will be a new store was leaked a few weeks ago. See for example here.
Yes, leaks, but this is official information that it will be up in only a few weeks.
Philadelphus 12 October 2016 at 7:20 pm UTC
Even in the slowest areas they appear to have seen ~50% growth in the last two years. I don't know if that's impressive from a business standpoint, but it looks impressive to me!
apocalyptech 12 October 2016 at 7:25 pm UTC
I wonder what percentage of all that growth is crappy Unity asset-flip garbage which somehow made it through Greenlight.
FutureSuture 12 October 2016 at 7:25 pm UTC
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I hope that the update brings the option to turn off a number of Steam features such as achievements, tracking of time spent in game, badges, and other stuff I simply do not want on my profile. I am all about options.
apocalyptech 12 October 2016 at 7:32 pm UTC
FutureSutureI hope that the update brings the option to turn off a number of Steam features such as achievements, tracking of time spent in game, badges, and other stuff I simply do not want on my profile. I am all about options.
I'm mostly hoping that it'll finally give us the option to only see Linux games when browsing, and to filter out Early Access if we want. (I've never really understood why Early Access isn't just another checkbox in the "Show Selected Types" box, while searching.)
Xpander 12 October 2016 at 7:43 pm UTC
Asian market growth explains why linux numbers dropped in hardware survey Asians don't use linux that much
Lin_Soldar 12 October 2016 at 7:58 pm UTC
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This is all very exciting! Wondering with the ~500% growth in China... from what I understand or vaguely remember is that the majority of Chinese use a Linux based OS, Ubuntu Kylin and Deepin OS especially in their government departments so perhaps we can expect a huge growth percentage for Linux in the Steam survey stats ;-)
MaCroX95 12 October 2016 at 8:06 pm UTC
XpanderAsian market growth explains why linux numbers dropped in hardware survey Asians don't use linux that much

Don't chinese have their own Linux distro Ubuntu Kylin that's actually official flavour of Ubuntu made for China? But yeah Asia is big -.- hopefully we will see some more of them on Linux as well

Linux has already got a bunch of great stuff in 2016... Wayland coming into play, AMD's new drivers, Vulkan, new Skype for Linux alpha (MS has decided to support linux? xD is MS Office next since there is way too many alternatives now for them to be completely comfortable with their Windows exclusive software...), a bunch of great new Steam games, Steam VR... Probably it also got a plenty of kernel related things but I'm not into that much... Overall I think that this year happened more great things than in the last few years combined Hopefully things will go on with the same tempo as they do now!
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