After years of rumors and leaked model images, the time has come: The Steam Library gets a new face. This is not a complete redesign of Steam in its entirety, so the Store and other parts of the User Interface do not change to our knowledge. In his keynote address at GDC on Thursday, Valve showed the new library view and redesigned a redesigned page with large thumbnails for the game and more categorization about what's going on with your games.
"The biggest thing we're introducing is the Steam Library homepage," said Alden Kroll of Valve. "This gives players the opportunity to see" what else happens in my games?
Some key elements of the new library view:
- The friends list is now integrated into a right column
- The topmost module shows the latest games you've played with a library view reminiscent of Plex or Apple TV. [1
- The list of left games has a new look, but is quite similar to the existing theme.
The The biggest new feature for the library, at least in terms of functionality, is an extension of the tags that Steam has been using for several years, these tags are now being transferred to the library page, and you can do an advanced search with multiple tags Drill down through your games The cool addition here is that you do a tag search as "Collect save from similar games, such as "Ninja Action".
The details page of the single-game library (see screenshot below) has also been redesigned, with a clearer layout prioritizing the latest updates or livestreams for the game at the top of the page. Underneath is an activity feed with the latest actions from your friends list. The list of friends on the right will be taken over, but all currently active friends in this game will be highlighted. Your friends list includes DLC, Achievements, Trading Cards, and Screenshots.
Valve has not announced a release date for the new library view, but emailed me that there should be a beta release this summer.
Library News Reorganization Following Steam Link Anywhere Launch on-the-go Streaming and Valve opens the Steam Network Infrastructure, which it uses for CS: GO and Dota for all games on the platform. As part of Thursday's talk, the company also released a new page for Steam to promote in-game events. Read more about it here.