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Steam to get a public beta for the Library overhaul in "weeks"

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Valve announced on Steam today, that the Steam Library overhaul is to get a public beta and it's only "weeks" away.

Posting on the Steamworks Development Steam Group, Valve is getting developers to come and update their store assets to match the new sizes of icons and more that will be available in the refresh. In this post, they said "We are weeks away from the public beta of this new feature set".

If you missed it, we managed to get a sneak-preview thanks to a leak which you can see a shot of below:

Are you looking forward to giving it a go? Let us know in the comments.

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Liam Dawe 12 June 2019 at 10:43 am UTC
pbDo we have a screenshot of new sorting and filtering options?
And is the list view still there?
Check the other article for the new filtering.

Thanks, great to see filters by type, genre and the others.
What about sorting, the default seems to be alphabetical, is there sorting by user reviews, hours played, achievement completion etc.?
Here's two more I quickly took for you:
Nanobang 12 June 2019 at 12:43 pm UTC
Anything Steam can do to improve either of their clients will be something I'll look forward to. I kinda like the big banner of the game there at the top more than the current faded one we have now (even if the one we have now might use a screenshot of ours). This one seems to make better use of the screen's space too, though fonts are still too small to read on my TV screen with any ease.

I'd like to see maybe a "tags" list, or perhaps the same pop-up we get when hovering over a title on the Store page. Sometimes I can't remember enough details about a game from just its name and a picture alone, but this is a minor nicety than any feature I feel is missing.
pb 12 June 2019 at 2:58 pm UTC
liamdaweHere's two more I quickly took for you:

Nice, thanks a lot! Looks like I'll be getting into the beta when it's available. I really like the option to sort by release date and hours played, but notably missing is sorting by user score (instead of not-so-useful metacritic score) and by achievement completion. There are external tools allowing that (steamdb, astats) but it would be great to have them at hand.

Filtering by single/multi/coop is very handy too (they added the coop filter to big picture some time ago and I'm using it often on SteamOS). But I'd also like to see negative filters like "NOT multiplayer".
Hori 13 June 2019 at 11:36 am UTC
PikoloPluses of the new layout:
- uses full width, unlike the current Steam client that looks designed for a vertical device(higher rather than wider, like a phone).

- achievements are less prominent,
- where did DLC selection go?
- multiple direct community links(guides, discussions, hub) were combined into a single slightly bigger button.

On the whole, I don't like the new layout.
I find the 3rd minus a plus. I always forgot where the tiny links are and they were very unintuitive and looked like 90s HTML-only websites
I think those buttons are way more useful than that ugly list of links that you had to read through to find what you wanted to click on
Psycic101 13 June 2019 at 3:13 pm UTC
devnullbut.... WHY? What about people who use custom skins?

I imagine they'll be unaffected. From what I can tell, this is just replacing the default skin.

I wouldn't be so certain... Just look at what Valve did with the new hideous, buggy chat system. I really hope custom skin support remains though.
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