Steam Library getting a much needed redesign!

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Published by Danny 1 month ago , last updated 1 month ago

Gamers have been begging Valve for years for an overhaul of the now somewhat old-school feeling games library, and now, after years of betas, rumours and fan-made dreams, a new library is finally coming.

Valve unveiled the upcoming changes at GDC today. The changes won't overhaul other parts of steam, just the main games library, but that's the bit you use most anyway, right? 

The new design includes large game thumbnails, more like a store shelf with games on them in terms of layout, and a massively improved category system, which leverages game tags, allowing you drill down into game types much easier than before.

Other enhancements include the friends list now being integrated into a right-hand column, which should make finding games to play with friends that little bit easier. You can easily see recently played games at the top, and customizable thumbnail sizes for the games list.

Another cool addition is the ability to do a search, and then save that search as a "collection", giving you easy access to the games you want.

The game pages themselves have also had an update, with a new layout that gives more focus to livestreams and game updates, and an activity feed so you can easily see which friends have been playing that game recently.

While there's no release date yet, Valve have stated they expect the new library to launch sometime over the summer.

Comments on this Article
1 month ago by Erick

Personally I'm not a fan of any of the other library designs besides the compact one, but I can people who use the other library designs appreciating this. I think they should try to avoid some bloat in this menu but otherwise, this seems to be a good step in the right direction.