Steam has received an extensive set of updates that significantly improve the experience of buying and viewing games, including new tags, genre highlights, and informative nodes. As Valve’s PC gaming platform evolves and more games are added to it, the issue of openability is becoming a major issue, and updating the storefront should help with that.
Specifically, Valve released the latest batch of updates to Steam as part of an experimental “Labs” feature where users could test some of them in a relatively controlled environment. However, all Steam users now have access to a significant list of improvements to make finding and using games easier, such as the addition of genre hubs, short game summaries, powerful sorting and filtering tools, and more.
This time, Valve has focused on deeply personalized recommendations and highlights, and now Steam will be able to more accurately select content that may be of interest to the user. For example, every time a user interacts with a Steam hub, that hub will offer recommendations based on their gaming experience. This aligns with some of Valve’s other ongoing projects, in particular the custom Steam Year in Review page, which could come out by the end of 2022.
Apparently, in 2022, Valve expects a small renaissance of Steam. The company has not only introduced the aforementioned update package for its main game client, but is also working on improving the Steam mobile app. It’s possible the store will see a visual revamp soon as well, as its game-focused Big Picture mode should get a new user interface similar to Steam Deck or SteamOS in general.
However, when it comes to improving the quality of life, Steam still has a long way to go with some of its more specialized features. In particular, Valve recently had to ban Steam Curator accounts for developer game key scams, which proved to be a particularly egregious case. Even though the curators in question have been banned, this is most likely just a scratch on the surface of a system that seems ripe for such instances of abuse.
While Steam is the company’s most famous project, Valve is developing a lot of games, according to one of its designers. Whether any of these will materialize on Steam any time soon is difficult to answer, but it seems likely that updates like the ones in this article will be easier and faster to complete than, for example, the all-new Half- life.
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