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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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Nanobang 22 March 2019 at 12:04 pm UTC
aristoriasCan the app finally support HiDPI? It is a real pain to use that thing on a 4K monitor ...

Same goes for a 1080p television in the living room. (And before anyone says anything: no, until it stops consuming resources like a herd of swine in a hemp field, Big Picture Mode is not an option. lol.)
Creak 22 March 2019 at 12:23 pm UTC
I'm a bit disappointed too. All this wait for just one new page?

And IMO it's not a good UX. There were already two horizontal menus (Steam|View|Friends|... and Store|Library|...), which is far from ideal. And now Valve throws a vertical menu in the Library tab?! It's just too many layers.. Of course, I'll be able to live with it, but it feels like Valve doesn't have a UX designer and decisions have been made by a programmer:

dvd 22 March 2019 at 2:07 pm UTC
dvdI reallly like how much simpler this UI feels. I'd hope we get some customisation options in the future too - like getting rid of the ad pop-ups and making steam launcher the size of the old friends list window.

FYI you can already do both (the first in the settings, and the second in the toolbar, IIRC).
Not sure if you meant more options like these, or specifically wanted those?

Cool, thanks! I didn't know about the first one (although now i think i found the right checkmark).
Houtworm 22 March 2019 at 4:05 pm UTC
Finally proper filtering in the Library, This has been much needed
cprn 22 March 2019 at 10:41 pm UTC
I want VIM bindings. With modes. Can I have VIM bindings?
mylka 23 March 2019 at 8:25 pm UTC
i would like an easier way to access the launch options

something like a dropdown menu next, or inside the PLAY button, with entries you saved before and where you can enable and disable these options

i always wanna see how a game performs, so i have to copy DXVK hud, or gallium hud from another game, or file and paste it in the new games option
and then i just wanna deactivate it, so i can use it later again if i want it, without coping again

same with proton stuff.. esynch, WINED3D11, etc, or just skip intro video
Draconicrose 25 March 2019 at 4:44 pm UTC
I want it now.
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