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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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sarmad 12 October 2016 at 8:19 pm UTC
Yes please, localize the games and the Steam Client itself to be able to compete, otherwise there is no way you'll be catching any market share away from Sony's PS4.
Swiftpaw 12 October 2016 at 8:43 pm UTC
hidekinI hope that a hidpi support is planned with this update

You can say that again. That's one of the main things that should come from the update as well as just better organization, filtering, and hopefully a lot of the bugs will be gone.
F.Ultra 12 October 2016 at 9:04 pm UTC
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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!

AFAIK the Ubuntu Kylin is mostly for officials and the vast majority of Chinese people are running pirated Windows.
MaCroX95 12 October 2016 at 9:19 pm UTC
FUltraAFAIK the Ubuntu Kylin is mostly for officials and the vast majority of Chinese people are running pirated Windows.

Pirated Windows seem to be very popular in my country too and with Linux being so capable of almost everything I really don't see a reason for such things... I don't see a point in pirating a Windows version that you use for Facebook and browsing or some basic text editing... well people can be strange and especially uninformed.
meraco 12 October 2016 at 9:34 pm UTC
apocalyptechI'm mostly hoping that it'll finally give us the option to only see Linux games when browsing

You can already do that now. Check your Steam Store settings.
liamdawe 12 October 2016 at 9:47 pm UTC
meraco
apocalyptechI'm mostly hoping that it'll finally give us the option to only see Linux games when browsing

You can already do that now. Check your Steam Store settings.
That setting does not actually work for only showing Linux/SteamOS games, I still get Windows-only titles everywhere.
Nor Mantis 12 October 2016 at 11:52 pm UTC
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apocalyptechI'm mostly hoping that it'll finally give us the option to only see Linux games when browsing

You can already do that now. Check your Steam Store settings.
That setting does not actually work for only showing Linux/SteamOS games, I still get Windows-only titles everywhere.

Strange, this has been fixed on all my computers last month, Steam says built sept 20th. It is back to showing just Linux games for me, like it use to.
GustyGhost 13 October 2016 at 12:27 am UTC
The Steam Greenlight program was introduced in mid-2012 and not long after, the number of game releases began to grow sharply. A lot of these games being pixel art, 2D retro, side scrolling, anime, urban visual lesbian midget romance novels made by a team of 1. Of course, I'm not complaining... I just don't swing for that team.

Though I completely agree with your sentiments over achievement and stat tracking. Not everyone wants to have their game hours or online/offline status broadcast to the world. Which is probably one driving force behind competing stores.
Lin_Soldar 13 October 2016 at 4:53 am UTC
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A feature I'd personally like to see is the option to check how many copies of a game/product could be purchased, the extra copies could then be gifted to friends and family. It's a long process for example if you buy 4 copies of a game when there is no 2 or 4 bundle option - having to redeem your first copy, then purchase next and keep as gift and so fourth. Would also cut down on bank charges in my case where my bank charges x% on my mastercard per purchase. Perhaps asking too much but also an option to unblock the region lock thing where your purchases will only work in the country you reside, which begs the question what of all my purchases made and locked to my region, what would happen if I were to emigrate to another country and would like access to my library? Maybe a small fee to region unblock those purchases would make sense? Using a VPN would just suck for multiplayer.
Solar 13 October 2016 at 10:23 am UTC
Valve need to update that graph to include Britain now
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