Steam Finally Adds Background Downloading
I actually still do this, even after years and years of PC gaming on Steam: purchase and begin downloading a new game; click over to my library to play another game while I wait; stop playing after an hour or so to eagerly find out if my download is complete; remember Steam doesn’t do background downloading; face palm myself and start the download again.
Thankfully, Valve has found the cure for the no-background-downloading blues. Yes, courtesy of the latest Steam update, you can now play while simultaneously downloading new games or updates. Finally.
It’s an option we can activate on a per-game basis, so if you’re planning to dive into an online multiplayer, you might want to leave it off to avoid the bottlenecks.
Along with the October 30 Steam client update of the Downloads section, which streamlined download-queue management, this is a Steam update that’s long overdue. Now Valve can get going on game streaming, video capture and sharing, and benchmarking. No hurry.