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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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HadBabits 22 March 2019 at 12:07 am UTC
Some library sorting tools?

*Insert 'hell it's about time' gif*

Seriously though, Valve seems incredibly slow and not self-aware at times. I can certainly tolerate it, especially if they do the occasional cool thing like Proton, but in terms of companies with tons of resources and zero fucks they make me think of Bethesda
oldrocker99 22 March 2019 at 12:54 am UTC
I had my, hell, large library all sorted and categorized. About a year ago, every category vanished. Since I had categorized them as soon as they were installed, it is still not yet finished.
iiari 22 March 2019 at 1:27 am UTC
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BielFPsSomething that I miss in the current interface is a direct option to see the store page of a game in my library.
Wait, can't we do that now? Every title in my library has a link to "Store Page" on the right of the screen when I click on the title...
eldaking 22 March 2019 at 1:35 am UTC
I was a bit disappointed at first. I don't want the library to show friends, I want it to show my collection and relevant information about the game. I'd like more information from the store page to be shown for the games in the library, and I'd like for important things like the workshop and the DLC to be more prominent. Initially I assumed the "updates" given so much attention would be the "news" currently shown (every article on a website that mentions the game), which would be horrible, but if it is actual updates that is actually very nice. But I do like the new visual style, and the filtering is very nice indeed, so the change is for the better in general. The flexibility of the search coupled with the saving searches option will be so much more convenient than creating categories and then classifying every game.

I also love the "events" page, and the idea that you can set up reminders for it is great. Many games I play have somewhat frequent updates that add more stuff (Kingdom Rush Origins comes to mind as it was featured here just today, but also Northgard), or some very old games that get a completely unexpected updates (Sins of a Solar Empire), and it would be nice to see those things. Particularly for games that I might not have played in a while (Paradox games have so many additions, but I follow dev diaries so I know about them months in advance...), or are not so big (no chance of missing a Civilization DLC). And then, there are actual mini-events like Amplitude often does (the Endless Day each year, the time when Sega made a competition between their strategy franchises).

In general, I'm excited.
14 22 March 2019 at 1:59 am UTC
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I welcome the refreshing look.

Another thing I would like is to wish list a game I already own so that I can get notified when to buy it for a friend.
Folspa 22 March 2019 at 2:07 am UTC
I wonder what that Mirror's Edge Catalyst is doing there in the first screenshot.
x_wing 22 March 2019 at 2:09 am UTC
Any info regarding the console tab that is shown in the screen capture?
tmtvl 22 March 2019 at 2:20 am UTC
Comandante ÑoñardoPractically 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!

Tencent kicking Valve's ass? I think you need to re-check your numbers. While Epic did quickly rise to nearly the same total user count as Valve, it seems like most of that is Fortnite players. People are also starting to take note of their bad business practices (exclusives up the wazoo) and many are dissatisfied. Check the twitter announcement that Outworlds is gonna be an Epic exclusive the coming year. Seems like they're not gonna have many sales on PC until they can release on other platforms.
Schattenspiegel 22 March 2019 at 3:22 am UTC
That fancy site better not be loading pictures from the web every time one starts it... looking at you current banner view library.
Nevertheless 22 March 2019 at 3:29 am UTC
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x_wingAny info regarding the console tab that is shown in the screen capture?

If you start Steam with -console parameter you'll have it too. :-)
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