You Should Go Join Valve’s New Steam Music Group Right Now

BIG CHANGES are coming to Steam. Some are already here, while others wait in the shadows, biding their time until you’re too busy fawning over TF2 hats and then slapping you in the face with an In-Home Streaming beta invite.

One of these changes is media integration, and lots of it. Starting now a few days ago, you can join the Steam Music group, which is spreading the word about a forthcoming beta component, coming soon to a gaming PC near you.

Members of the group will be selected at random to join the beta. Once you’re in, you’ll have access to a baked-in music player when using SteamOS or Big Picture Mode. A desktop client version will follow later this year (although we aren’t sure if it will be in the beta or not).

The group was started by Christen, a verified-through-Steam Valve employee, so it all looks nice and legit.

“The Steam Music Beta is coming soon to Big Picture and SteamOS interfaces, with desktop features soon to follow. To express interest in beta participation, join the Steam Music community group. Group members will be invited in waves, until the feature is released to everyone.

With Steam Music, you can now listen to your music collection while playing games. Once you’ve pointed Steam to your local music directory, your Steam Library will include Album and Artist views of your collection.”

Listening to music while meatshotting every moving thing on 2fort is so classic, it should be an American Pastime. And now you tell me I can do so without using an external service? Count me in.

There’s plenty of art to look at on the group page, but we’ve cherry-picked a few screenshots for your enjoyment.

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5 Comments on You Should Go Join Valve’s New Steam Music Group Right Now

Kevin

On February 3, 2014 at 5:22 pm

How you know something will work:

When you go “why the hell didn’t they think of this sooner?”

Derek

On February 3, 2014 at 8:37 pm

So steam is getting features which I had via Winamp while playing the original Everquest on Windows 98? How is this better than spotify by the way!

Leon

On February 3, 2014 at 9:47 pm

STEAM MEDIA CENTER EDITION

Damien027

On February 3, 2014 at 10:16 pm

No offense but this sounds very…underwhelming.

SweetPea

On February 4, 2014 at 5:12 am

This is for people with slower PCs, others can press Alt-Tab is just as easy as Shift-Tab.