Valve Working to Improve Steam Offline Mode

You know how Steam makes you log on every so often, even when you’re in offline mode? That is not working as intended, Valve has revealed via an official forum response.

According to Valve representative Henryg, the developer is working on improving Steam’s offline mode and eliminating issues. He wrote:

“There are many components involved in Offline Mode. Some of them have known issues and bugs which we are continually working to improve. We’re aware that it doesn’t always work as flawlessly as we want it to, but please keep reporting bugs with Offline Mode. It is not broken ‘by design’.”

Henryg revealed that the occasional log-on is not a design feature:

“Offline Mode is designed to be indefinite. You can’t access any of Steam’s online features such as friends lists or saved game synchronization, of course, but the client should allow you to run in Offline Mode for as long as you like.”

He also explained that Valve is in the process of converting every Steam game to a new authentication procedure:

“Some day soon, once this work is completed, we will eliminate the old authentication system (represented by the ClientRegistry.blob file) and Offline Mode should immediately become much more robust.”

Why did it take so long for us to find out about this? Henryg wrote:

“We have no community managers or PR people, so all the time that we spend on forums is taking away from development time.”

via PC Gamer

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6 Comments on Valve Working to Improve Steam Offline Mode


On November 4, 2013 at 9:27 am

Yes! This is fantastic. Mainly because I… um, a FRIEND of mine, may have to go a few months without internet for financial reasons.

It’s ALWAYS better late than never valve!


On November 4, 2013 at 1:36 pm

AS much as I love valve they really suck at communicating with their customers. They make millions a year, why would it be so hard to hire a pr person and community people.

I get their whole deal is getting the best people in the industry, and then giving them the freedom to work on what they want to and what will make the company more money. Really though I am sure they could bring in an intern even and have that guy at least read the forums for them.

I really think Valve reads their reddit pages more than their own forums.


On November 4, 2013 at 2:51 pm

Oh yeahh i love Valve

tom rogers

On November 4, 2013 at 3:51 pm

I haven’t had any issues with off-line play, though it is only one game-Fallout 3, due to mod requirements that online play be disabled. Though I have had the occasional CTD, something I never experienced until this off-line mode play. Yeah, I know that sounds backwards, since so many people have complained that they had lots of crashes and glitches in that game, but for me, it’s been rock-solid for years, after I throttled the CPU cores via the “.ini fix”. And that includes years of cheating in-game.


On November 4, 2013 at 7:50 pm

This is a good move for people who work in areas without reliable internet access. Deployed troops, off-shore oil platforms… Astronauts…

Red Menace

On November 4, 2013 at 10:10 pm

Great news. I’m a frequent train traveler and while they have internet now, it is spotty at best. Nice to know I won’t have to live in fear of the days I need to authenticate.