At GDC this week Valve spent sometime to talk about the future of Steam, and although Epic Games Store wasn't brought up specifically, the specter of the new store on the block was felt by everyone in the room. That aside, Valve was on hand to present some new features coming to the platform - namely an overhaul to the library as well as Steam Events.
Which is being created to highlight the live nature of the games we play - from showing a chronological list of all in-game things happening right now to whats coming up in the near future. Whether that's tournaments, seasonal updates, community broadcasts, and other things. It sounds great, and looks it too.
It will be robust too with players being able to tag specific events for reminder or even ignore those for games that they may no longer be actively playing. A beta for Steam Events is expected in the next few months.
Secondly game pages and libraries are getting overhauled to offer a cleaner and more modern look - with better communication of Steam's capabilities. From showcasing your most recently played to the new game updates to your complete library. Plus see what friends are playing with the option to jump in. This revamp will also mean fresh store page or game pages on Steam too.
Interestingly Valve also made note of the size and scope of Steam in general - stating that last year alone Steam delivered 13 exabytes of data to players. Which is 13,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes. Impressive. And, with Epic Games Store snapping up exclusive deals alongside a very slow rollout of features - it's great to see Valve stepping up.