Steam Library Overhaul coming in weeks

By FileTrekker 4 years ago, last updated 4 years ago

As we reported earlier this week, several new screenshots of the upcoming new interface for the Steam Library recently leaked, leading to speculation that there would be a release relatively soon. It seems now Valve have confirmed that it will be coming very soon indeed, and have given us even more information.

The new interface gives us a new central game library, with a games on a shelf type appearance in addition to the traditional sidebar list. You'll of course be able to customize the page to suit your preferences, having only certain things visible if you prefer.

Another nice addition is a new banner at the top of the screen informing you of updates to your games and what new features have been added.

The game pages themselves are also getting an update to match the new design language too, and will show all your mods in a nice new interface, along with your friends activity, and updates on in-game events.  Developers will be able to add more customization to this page and in time we'll see new banners, logos, designs and even game specific features appearing.


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4 years ago

What I'd like to see is the ability to create  categories withing categories. for example at this time I have almost 900 categories   ranging from the odious such as FPS, TPS, RPG, to more obscure such as  dynamite, teleportation,  star ships etc.  The reason I have so many is because I have quite a large library of games in my Steam library  totalling over 11600 games. I also have memory issues due to a serious head injury, so apart from the more popular  and well known titles such as Warhammer, Call of Duty, L4D, ArmA,  Elder Scrolls etc I find it difficult to remember the names of maost of my games, especially the smaller indie titles. I do however remember  the details of a game, so to find it all I do is for example I'm looking for a game the is tactical s strategic and  has RPG elements, looking through those categories and I'll find the game in this case Blackguards 2.  My RPG  categories include almost 30 different sub  categories such as RPG - Top Down, RPG - Space, RPG - Isometric, RPG - Hack & Slash,  and my Indie sub categories number over 60, I'm sure you get the picture.  If I was able to include all those sub categories  inside   a single folder/category, i.e.   nesting folders, it would  make my library much more manageable and easier to find  games.

Unfortunately, the   Steam library always seems to be  resetting itself so all my categories end up open, which then takes longer to scroll through to find the  appropriate categories. 

I hope this update doesn't reset  all categories as it's taken me over 3 years to create the categories i've created. I've still not added all of my games to those categories as each game can  end up in  10 to 20 categories, which takes a considerable amout of time to sort.  If I had to start  from the beginning again I'd be mad as hell.

All that said, I'm looking forwards to seeing what the new look will be like.  I tohught they would have introduced it to those who allow the beta clients?