Valve announces the promised launch of the beta version of the
New Steam Library
offering the chance to opt in and check out what's new.
from a couple of weeks ago has an outline of the game
plan. Here's word:
Untapped potential already in your library
The new Steam library was built with the belief that our libraries are valuable
to us – for some customers, they contain more than fifteen years of games. From
your absolute favorite AAA title that all your friends are playing, to that solo
indie art project that only you seem to love, your Steam library represents your
But, a good library shouldn't just be dusty shelves, it has to be a fun place to
explore and find whatever it is that you're looking for. Whether you want to
keep up to date about what's happening with your games, find a game to play with
your friends, or explore what's happening in your game's community, your library
should support you.
Today we want to introduce you to some of the biggest new library features and
explain how they’re going help do just that.
A brand new way to look at things
The first thing you'll probably notice is that we're launching a gorgeous new
landing page for your library. The new library home gives you quick access to
game updates, recently played games, friends activity and your collections.
Stay connected with your games and friends
We're making it easier for you to stay on top of the changes happening to your
games and who is playing what. One of things we know you love about Steam is
being able to engage directly with your games as they evolve over time. The new
library makes it simple to see not just if a game has been updated but, with the
new events feature, what that update is and why you should boot it up and give
it a shot.
We're also making it easy to see what your friends have been up to and which
games they are currently playing. You can find out what games your friends have
been playing right on the library home page, and see what games they are
currently playing from your games list. With all this new information, you
shouldn't miss out on the tantalizing water-cooler conversation about everyone's
weekend replay of Portal 2.
Stay in-the-know about your games with Events
Odds are, you've got games in your library that had incredible updates or
limited-time events and you never even knew. Well, those days are over. We
wanted to strike a balance between an in-library event feature that let you know
about all the great things happening with the games you already own without
bombarding you with notifications.
Showcasing these updates is valuable to players and also developers. If you’re a
dev, it hasn’t been easy to let someone know that you've just shipped a big
update to your game, especially if they've moved on to something else. Now it
is. Starting today, developers will have access to all new event creation tools
that will feed directly into the new library (you can read more about the new
event tools here).
Not every event needs to be a big update, though. The new event tool gives you
the ability to connect with players and share other things like a developer
live-stream or a community challenge, or even highlight interesting fan