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Valve show off their new Steam Library design and a new Events page

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At GDC today, Valve did their presentation and they finally showed off the new design coming for the Library page and more.

For those with a growing backlog of games, the Steam Library as it is right now is so basic it's just incredibly unhelpful. Going by what they've shown off, it's actually looking a serious amount better. Firstly, it has a home page for your Steam Library, to go over some recent games and recently updated titles, as well as show a slice of your friends list. That's a pretty handy feature, especially if you have a game you play regularly enough it will probably be quicker and easier to get going the next time.

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The Steam Library search feature is also finally seeing a decent upgrade, allowing you some more control over finding what game you want to play and this will include setting tags on games, picking a feature they have like gamepad support and so on. It's much more like how you actually search the store, so it makes total sense.

Also announced is a new Events system which is a very good idea. Having one place to follow all the current and upcoming events to your games and by the looks of it games you don't own too, will give you reasons to keep coming back to them. There will be plenty of options to follow these events too like getting an email, adding to your calendar and so on.

By the sounds of it, they will also be rolling out some more statistics for developers to see, to help them get an idea of visibility on the store which might be quite helpful.

No date was said on when it will all go live, however there will be an open beta sometime.

Credit to SteamDB for some of the info.

Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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aristorias 21 Mar, 2019
Can the app finally support HiDPI? It is a real pain to use that thing on a 4K monitor ...
Linas 21 Mar, 2019
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Nice improvement, but nothing mind-blowing. I was really hoping for that they merged Big Picture and desktop views into something new.
BielFPs 21 Mar, 2019
Something that I miss in the current interface is a direct option to see the store page of a game in my library. Sometime I want to check the current price for a game I've already bought or if a new content was released, and I have to go to the store page and search manually.
Hal_Kado 21 Mar, 2019
Looks pretty cool, would love to see the events system encourage devs to do more in game unique/live events to bring some life back into games I may not otherwise have a reason to go back to. Hopefully UI updates mean some Big Picture upgrades are not far behind.
Liam Dawe 21 Mar, 2019
Quoting: Hal_KadoLooks pretty cool, would love to see the events system encourage devs to do more in game unique/live events to bring some life back into games I may not otherwise have a reason to go back to. Hopefully UI updates mean some Big Picture upgrades are not far behind.
I think that's part of the point, a call to arms to say "hey we're doing this" or "we added this in" and that sort of thing by developers.
MayeulC 21 Mar, 2019
Quoting: BielFPsSomething that I miss in the current interface is a direct option to see the store page of a game in my library. Sometime I want to check the current price for a game I've already bought or if a new content was released, and I have to go to the store page and search manually.

You have a link to the store page on the detailed view + categories page:
Spoiler, click me

Otherwise, this new design looks pretty, and useful. It's likely a lot better than what we have now, though it could likely be made even better. What I'd really like to see is an API to control the steam client from Kodi, Lutris, or any other frontend. We alreasy have steam:// urls and command lines, but that's one way communication (no library enumeration, images (official art, links, screenshot) retrieval, friend info, etc.). There would be a lot of interesting ideas to explore (cloud tags, automatic categories, etc).


Last edited by MayeulC on 21 March 2019 at 9:29 pm UTC
belisama 21 Mar, 2019
Does it show if you're following and/or have reviewed the game from the library? I absolutely hate that I have to manually check each. Store. Page. Indivually. to figure out what needs following and reviewing.
WorMzy 21 Mar, 2019
Fingers crossed there's no GTK3 dependency.
Boldos 21 Mar, 2019
Quoting: aristoriasCan the app finally support HiDPI? It is a real pain to use that thing on a 4K monitor ...
Steam client can scale it's GUI on 4K currently.
aristorias 21 Mar, 2019
Quoting: Boldos
Quoting: aristoriasCan the app finally support HiDPI? It is a real pain to use that thing on a 4K monitor ...
Steam client can scale it's GUI on 4K currently.

Oh indeed. It's not enabled by default. Thanks for making me check
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