Support us on Patreon to keep GamingOnLinux alive. This ensures we have no timed articles and no paywalls. Just good, fresh content! Alternatively, you can donate through Paypal, Flattr and Liberapay!

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

Posted by , | Views: 16,011

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.

Click to view gallery

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.
44 Likes, Who?
We do often include affiliate links to earn us some pennies. We are currently affiliated with GOG, Humble Store and Paradox Interactive. See more information here.
About the author -
I am the owner of GamingOnLinux. After discovering Linux back in the days of Mandrake in 2003, I constantly came back to check on the progress of Linux until Ubuntu appeared on the scene and it helped me to really love it. You can reach me easily by emailing GamingOnLinux directly.
See more from me
56 comments
Page: 1/6»
  Go to:

aristorias 21 March 2019 at 9:00 pm UTC
Can the app finally support HiDPI? It is a real pain to use that thing on a 4K monitor ...
Linas 21 March 2019 at 9:01 pm UTC
View PC info
  • Supporter
  • Top Supporter
Nice improvement, but nothing mind-blowing. I was really hoping for that they merged Big Picture and desktop views into something new.
BielFPs 21 March 2019 at 9:06 pm UTC
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 March 2019 at 9:06 pm UTC
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 March 2019 at 9:24 pm UTC
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 March 2019 at 9:25 pm UTC
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
image

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 at 21 March 2019 at 9:29 pm UTC
belisama 21 March 2019 at 9:31 pm UTC
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 March 2019 at 9:32 pm UTC
View PC info
  • Supporter
  • Top Supporter
Fingers crossed there's no GTK3 dependency.
Boldos 21 March 2019 at 9:33 pm UTC
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 March 2019 at 9:57 pm UTC
Boldos
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
  Go to:
While you're here, please consider supporting GamingOnLinux on Patreon, Liberapay or Paypal. We have no adverts, no paywalls, no timed exclusive articles. Just good, fresh content. Without your continued support, we simply could not continue!

You can find even more ways to support us on this dedicated page any time. If you already are, thank you!

You need to Register and Login to comment, submit articles and more.


Or login with...

Livestreams & Videos
Community Livestreams
  • The Dark Eye: „Drakensang“ (via Proton)
  • Date:
See more!
Popular this week
View by Category
Contact
Latest Comments
Latest Forum Posts