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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.

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aristorias 21 March 2019 at 9:57 pm UTC
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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
orzo 21 March 2019 at 10:01 pm UTC
aristoriasCan the app finally support HiDPI? It is a real pain to use that thing on a 4K monitor ...

Steam -> Settings -> Interface -> Enlarge text & icons based on monitor size
rea987 21 March 2019 at 10:13 pm UTC
And how about view CD Key option?
Comandante Ñoñardo 21 March 2019 at 10:37 pm UTC
C'mon, Valve!
I AM REALLY DISAPPOINTED!
Is this ALL you can do??
PROTON is OK, but it is not enough for to compensate what EPIC is doing with the big industry players.

Practically every days Tim Sweeney is kicking Gabe Newell in the balls, and the fat guy doesn't even react because He lies on the floor almost passed out!

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If Steam want to survive this war, We (Linux gamers) need more than a new library design: GabeN must reduce the cut to the 10% or less for to attract big titles like EPIC is doing...

The reason why Valve stopped to develop games a long time ago is because is more easy to live from the 30% cut of the work of other developers.
TheRiddick 21 March 2019 at 10:50 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.

It actually scales too big on my 4k screen, I only want a %25-50 scaling increase. That is whats missing, atm it seems to do a %100 enlargement and is a bit overboard...


Also what EPIC is doing is called poaching, there not making developers come there way out of goodness of their heart. They are offering up millions to go EPIC store exclusive where there was no plan to before. Poaching.


Last edited by TheRiddick at 21 March 2019 at 10:52 pm UTC
pb 21 March 2019 at 10:51 pm UTC
Comandante ÑoñardoIf Steam want to survive this war, We (Linux gamers) need more than a new library design: GabeN must reduce the cut to the 10% or less for to attract big titles like EPIC is doing...

That's not how you fight the war. That's how you bleed out.
Salvatos 21 March 2019 at 11:29 pm UTC
I like the new look, the addition of tags to the library, and the fact that they didn't make everything mobile-big and lose the compact list on the left. Looks like a soft but effective change.

Comandante Ñoñardoand the fat guy doesn't even react
Classy.
Nasra 21 March 2019 at 11:31 pm UTC
Comandante ÑoñardoC'mon, Valve!

Practically every days Tim Sweeney is kicking Gabe Newell in the balls, and the fat guy doesn't even react because He lies on the floor almost passed out!

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If Steam want to survive this war, We (Linux gamers) need more than a new library design: GabeN must reduce the cut to the 10% or less for to attract big titles like EPIC is doing...

Steam already sells movies...


Last edited by Nasra at 21 March 2019 at 11:33 pm UTC
qptain Nemo 21 March 2019 at 11:51 pm UTC
Epic don't have literally infinite money and the period when appearing on their store constitutes free marketing and discoverability will end as well. We'll see how they do when they run out of cheap parlor tricks. Or expensive parlor tricks, I suppose.
shorberg 21 March 2019 at 11:58 pm UTC
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Looks mostly neat. The advanced sorting options and collections looks brilliant, been wanting that for ages, bonus if they act as dynamic playlists in many audio players do and auto-magically add new titles that fit the criteria. Especially if you can do really crazy things like "show me co-op games both me and my brother owns that we haven't played in 1+ years", now that would be both crazy and awesome! (and yeah, I don't expect it to be that powerful, but let a man dream)

But, again with the padding, why this weird padding everywhere? A couple of pixels, certainly, but ~1em padding? I get it on buttons but I don't get it on labels? Seems a bit excessive and takes away from the visual distinction between the two.
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