Valve Opens Beta for Its Steam Community Update

Earlier this week, Valve announced it would be adding a bunch of new community focused features to Steam; today, you can sign up for the beta to try those features out.

If you’ve got Steam’s “Pillar of the Community” badge, you can check out the beta immediately. If not, Valve says it’ll be allowing more people to join the beta “incrementally” in the future.

Here’s what you can expect from the eventual update:

  • Game Hubs – Every game on Steam now has a Game Hub, which provides a quick way for users to browse the best of a variety of content as rated by the community at large. Each Game Hub also includes a game-specific discussion area where players can talk about their favorite Steam games.
  • Group Updates – Player-created groups have been redesigned so it’s now easier to see what a group is all about and who is participating in it. Groups now also include public and private discussion areas where they can remain in touch with their own communities.
  • My Content Updates – The content you’ve created now lives in one central place with new viewing options including an “image wall” layout that showcases your top-rated content. Also new is the ability to mark screenshots, videos, and workshop items as Favorites to save or share with friends.
  • Friend Activity – The new feed makes it easy to view, rate, and comment on the content and activities of your friends in a visually-rich and interactive presentation. Players can also broadcast game-specific status updates to start a conversation with their friends, directly in the activity feed.

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