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Post by trog @ 10:38am 27/04/10 | 20 Comments
The update to the Steam client user interface that has been in beta for a while has finally gone live:
The new Steam UI is here, which enhances the way you already buy and play games, adding more info about the things that matter getting games, playing them with friends, and staying current in the gaming world.

If you haven't already updated, you can use the "Check for Steam client updates" option on the "File" menu to automatically update Steam to the new release. If you don't have Steam installed, download it today.
The full list of changes is detailed on the official Steam site, detailing the various changes to friends handling, achievements, news, and game library management (amongst others).



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Any
Posted 10:44am 27/4/10
how hard can it be to allow you to specify an output audio device for voice like it lets you specify an input... tis the 1 feature I've been waiting years for.
Pinky
Posted 10:51am 27/4/10
how hard can it be to allow you to specify an output audio device for voice like it lets you specify an input... tis the 1 feature I've been waiting years for.

Yeah, it's taken a while to catch onto managing audio properly (i.e., software mixing). Windows is slowly slowly getting there with individual volume controls for each application. It's not enough though.
Eorl
Posted 11:03am 27/4/10
Been in the UI beta for this, was pretty nifty. Nice to see it come live now. Very fluent and clean, with a future feel to it.
parabol
Posted 11:05am 27/4/10
Could not connect to the Steam network x5000000 ....
gamer
Posted 11:54am 27/4/10
I love the new interface, especially the downloads tab.

I like how it shows you waht games your friends can play with you (not what games your friends ARE playing). I'm talking about when you have 2-3 mates over and you think 'what game do we all have?'. Thats an awsome feature.
konstie
Posted 11:57am 27/4/10
hmmm have they fixed the bug where people lost their games?
parabol
Posted 12:00pm 27/4/10
Could not connect to the Steam network x5000000 ....

For anyone having my problem, you'll have to disable Frey's filter before launching/updating the new Steam. After you have the new version up and running fine, you can then enable the filter again.
ctd
Posted 12:04pm 27/4/10
I like how it saves your window sizes. Old steam I would always make my games tab the slimmer lite size but it would always go back to normal.

Built in scheduler+steam filter plz.
Azaria
Posted 12:14pm 27/4/10
I'm guessing no Mac Steam with this update?
Mr.Bumpy
Posted 02:09pm 27/4/10
Azaria, the Mac beta was started not long ago.
E.T.
Posted 02:14pm 27/4/10
I haven't looked at this yet. Have they changed anything that would make it harder to use the UK site for purchases or anything like that?

BTW, FFS dont tell Boba we do that or the gig is up!
Tremble
Posted 03:26pm 27/4/10
I moved to the beta a few days back, the ability to categorise your games beyond "Favourites" is a godsend for people with 100+ games. I was still hoping it would let you put your friends into groups aswell, oh well.

I've been using this skin, which I think is a bit more sleek than the default UI.
ravn0s
Posted 03:48pm 27/4/10
lol @ people b****ing about the new UI
Dazhel
Posted 03:59pm 27/4/10
I moved to the beta a few days back, the ability to categorise your games beyond "Favourites" is a godsend for people with 100+ games. I was still hoping it would let you put your friends into groups aswell, oh well.


Haha, by implementing the ability to categorise games before friends i'm guessing Valve thinks that steam users have more games than friends?
Winston
Posted 06:32pm 27/4/10
Hopefully this wont wipe out my Company of Heroes install like the Beta did.

I like it though.
iWhoop
Posted 06:44pm 27/4/10
how hard can it be to allow you to specify an output audio device for voice like it lets you specify an input... tis the 1 feature I've been waiting years for.

Stupid question but why would your voice output audio device be different to your game audio output device? If they're both the same why not, in the windows "playback devices" menu just tick the device you want and set it to default? Surely steam would just use the windows default device?

lol @ people b****ing about the new UI

I got on the new UI beta as soon as it came out I think. I hated it at first but it's grown on me, the one thing that bugged me in the beta was that it would constantly start up in the store tab when I clearly set it to the games tab. Hopefully that's now fixed else there's gonna be mutiny.

That and every time steam updates itself I have to tell windows not to hide its icon :@
trog
Posted 07:11pm 27/4/10
I note it still uses IE as the browser component - I thought someone said it was using Webkit now?
Plasma
Posted 08:02pm 27/4/10
It's definitely WebKit/Not IE.
Any
Posted 08:04pm 27/4/10
Stupid question but why would your voice output audio device be different to your game audio output device? If they're both the same why not, in the windows "playback devices" menu just tick the device you want and set it to default? Surely steam would just use the windows default device?


I prefer to wear a single sided headset for voice & mic, then use speakers for game sound. Same as what the 360 does I believe.
trog
Posted 08:20pm 27/4/10
It's definitely WebKit/Not IE.
rly? if I right click I get IE context menus; if I shift-click a link an IE window opens

edit: weird - it hadn't updated properly. 2nd time I started it THEN it did the update and now I see the non-IE browser. Maybe I had an old update pending or something.
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