Valve Software have announced a new version of Steam which is currently in beta testing. Boasting improved functionality for Friends, a central news feed, and a stack of other things. Here's the full list of major new features:
* Complete overhaul of Steam client UI design to improve discoverability of features and to better expose all the information related to games in your library
* Complete overhaul of in-game overlay UI design to create a richer in-game experience exposing context sensitive information related to the game you are currently playing
* New game details view, presenting a detailed view of all the information for a single game in your library
* New grid view, presenting a graphical view of your game library
* New news page in the store/client/overlay which aggregates from Valve related news sites, official community groups, and third-party gaming news feeds
* New downloads view in the client, making it easier to track your progress downloading new games or game updates
* New Steam store design, including more integrated community features, improved recommendations, and improved video and screenshots viewing (and much more!)
Their update page
includes more information and some visuals. If you have Steam installed you can just click this link
, then select "2010 UI Update" under Beta Participation, and you can check out the beta right now.
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PS: Epic postcount notify!
Posted 04:16pm 24/2/10
I guess everywhere else in the world doesn't have gay dongs ISP's and bandwidth caps :(
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I use to just dock the games list to the side of my screen, now I can't without it taking up 25% of 1 monitor :(
Posted 04:32pm 24/2/10
go sit in the corner and think about what you did, young man
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Posted 05:42pm 24/2/10
F***, even Ireland, a country of all of 4m people have true unlimited interwebs.
However, there are ISP's that do provide steam mirrors and hence are helping the situation greatly, alas my ISP doesn't provide this service for me and I am stuck with a game I bought a few weeks back waiting for a 'good time' to download the f***en thing.
Posted 05:58pm 24/2/10
im giving you advice regarding your software and how you can make it better and you blow me off? all i can say is gg.
Posted 07:33pm 24/2/10
e: Oh and for the people saying steam crashes, I don't think it's the beta doing it, mine just crashed before and I'm not using the beta version. IMHO valve programmed a timer to make it crash so you'd try the beta to see if it's any better. Sneaky f****.
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just joined the beta, seems they've taken away the ability to choose a preferred steam mirror? or have they just moved it?
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Posted 08:17pm 24/2/10
giving it a go though, cause I know how to backup my shiz :P
Posted 08:22pm 24/2/10
looks like they go rid of File up the top. just right click the tray icon and go to settings to change download location.
edit: hmm just looked at it then and the download tab is gone. it was there this morning.
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Posted 08:26pm 24/2/10
Seriously? Screw you valve. http://qgl.org/blamegen/ <- knows the truth.
Posted 08:32pm 24/2/10
You do understand the term "beta" and all the inherit risks invulva'd right?
Here's a thought
Before you participate in a "beta" BACK YOUR S*** UP!
It's not hard....
Rename your old Steam directory
THEN run the beta
Posted 08:33pm 24/2/10
Filter and leave it on overnight.
Looks really nice though.
Posted 09:53pm 24/2/10
Its a bit too bloaty and sluggish for me. Nothing beats steam with the slate colored skin.
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Using that as of 2 minutes ago. Thx for the link
Posted 10:13pm 24/2/10
Happened to a bloke at work too.
Slate was best.
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EDIT: That was the multiplayer. Looks like the single player does want to download the whole thing again. Pain in the arse.
Double EDIT: Actually, it seems that all of my games that are reporting 0% are actually just about complete. MW2 downloaded less than 1MB when I clicked resume, and the others I've clicked on have suddenly shown that they're nearly complete as well. I don't know why it did it in the first place, but it seems that just about all my games are fine. Some of them have required a couple hundred MB though.
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Issues so far:
All in all it just feels all bloaty. I'm all for pretty looking interfaces but this just seems cluttered. It'd be nice if they added the ability to be skinned by windows & have transparent windows so it at least looked like a windows program.
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