Steam’s new features are now available in open beta

    
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The Steam library’s beta version of its shiny new feature are now up and running, so those who are champing at the bit to try out a new-look library without having to resort to Big Picture mode can now opt in.

As our previous coverage mentioned, the new Steam Library has gobs of new additions to help users curate their experience, from custom shelves and collections, to deeper friend activity features, to improved game details pages that collect posts from friends, community content, and even post-game summaries of recently earned achievements or new screenshots. There’s also the new event and announcement feature that lets game devs put major updates front and center.

Having taken a quick perusal through my own updated library, I can certainly say that there are a couple of features that are extremely useful. For one, the “What’s New” section at the very top of the library page makes it instantly easy to keep track of updates to the games I have in my collection. Navigating to an individual game’s page provides a pretty good collation of relevant posts, updates, and other data similar to the game summary section of a PS4. I also found it to be similarly superfluous, but mostly because I’m not an achievement hunter; those who track those sort of things or find more traction out of Steam’s social features will likely appreciate what they see.

If any of these functions sound remotely interesting to you, then read the manual for how to join in. Just remember: Friends don’t let friends use Big Picture mode.

source: Steam

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3dom

Good stuff. If only Steam owners realized they should exploit social network functionality rather than a mere shop interface – and added relevant friend events list (game acquisitions, achievements, screenshots) to the start page instead of the game ads (which they repeat hundreds times).

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Tanek

I would like to be able to hide or move some of the sections on the new game pages. Specifically, I’d like to hide or collapse the community content section and move some of the sidebar content to the top.

Other than that, looks pretty good so far. I admit I was expecting disaster.

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McGuffn

This. Also I’d like to hide the what’s new section.

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zaber

I like it so far a few things I do like to see upgraded a bit as I run it under Linux no problem so far.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

Yea, it’s nice.

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Daniel Miller

They are nice but on sort library i wish i could choose a category i made for xxx games.

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Greaterdivinity

You still can. Out of curiosity I just created a “Lewd” category.

Click the collections button next to the search bar, create a new collection, name it whatever you want and then hit enter.

Now if you’ll excuse me I have a bunch of Sakura visual novels I’ll never play to add to that category.

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camren_rooke

Sakura Dungeon was fun.

>.>

At least that’s what…a friend of mine told me…yeah… a ‘friend’

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Greaterdivinity

Visually, I like it! But…it doesn’t seem I can do what I want/have on the old library, which is show only installed games in the categories I’ve set for them. I can show installed games…but they get bundled together. I can sort by category (Steam defined, apparently), but it bundles them together. I just want to see my installed games the way I could before, because sifting through 800+ games that I’ve mostly categorized (yes, I know I have issues, but I blame bundles) to find the installed ones I want to play is annoying AF.

At least the EGS is reminding Valve that they actually need to invest some money in Steam again.

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Drago

Next to the filtered list there is a little play button. click it and it will show all installed games in your categories.

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Greaterdivinity

Well hey…I guess that’s more intuitive than I thought, not sure why I never bothered to play with that button (I did for just about every other button).

Thanks!

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John Kiser

To clarify the UI element displays Show Only Ready to play games. Just in case anyone hovers around and wonders. It does exactly what Drago says and only displays the games you currently have installed. I’ve personally taken to doing recent + ready to play buttons both pressed.