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Steam's new library looks far more modern, and it's now out for everyone

By Koh Wanzi - on 31 Oct 2019, 1:45pm

Steam's new game library looks far more modern, and it's now out for everyone

Image Source: Valve

Steam's redesigned library is now available for everyone. In September, Valved rolled out a beta for the revamped design, which featured a far more modern look, a heavier emphasis on cover art and visuals, and more powerful organisation features.

If you have hundreds of Steam games, the new catalog will provide an easier way to view and sort them. Valve is also focusing on the social aspect of Steam this time around, and there's now a home page with game news, friend activity, and recently played games. In addition, posts from friends, including screenshots, achievements, and status updates, will now appear in the game details feed.

And since games are best enjoyed with your buddies, you can now see at a glance which of your friends have played a game recently, or are playing it right now. Their profile picture will show up as a tiny icon at the bottom of each game's thumbnail in the home page, and you can then click on the title for more specific information on the game from both developers and your friends.

The point was to bring everything from developers, the community, and your friends together in one place, so you can keep up with what's happening. I can't help but be reminded of Discord, which also has a home page dedicated to developer updates and recent friend activity. Steam is sequestering game news and updates under a dedicated What's New section, but you can fortunately tweak the feed by choosing if you'd like to see more or less from a certain game. 

You can also add custom rows, or shelves as Valve calls them, each dedicated to a specific collection of games of your choosing. These collections will show up on the library home page too, so they're always easily accessible. It's pretty easy to modify them too, and you can drag and drop games to reorganise them in a hurry, or set them to update dynamically using store tags or filters.

On top of that, the latest update expands the beta for Remote Play Together, a new feature that allows you to play local co-op games with your friends over the internet. There are performance fixes for this too, including decreased stream latency and fewer dropped frames.