Steam’s wonderful Library Update beta is finally live: Here’s how to get it

Steam’s wonderful Library Update beta is finally live: Here’s how to get it

As promised, Valve pushed the new Steam Library Update into open beta this morning. Quick access to your recently played games! More detailed “Details” pages! Better library search and filtering tools! Drag-and-drop! No bezels on the left and right edges! All the modern conveniences and quality of life upgrades that (if we’re honest) probably should’ve been in Steam already. But damn, they’re nice to have now.

You can read our detailed breakdown of the Library Update and all its features—or you can simply install it for yourself. If you’re keen on a refreshed Steam and don’t mind the potential for a few bugs along the way, all it takes is an opt-in to get into the beta.

Steam Library Update - Beta IDG / Hayden Dingman

It’s pretty easy. You can go click the big “Join The Beta” button if you want to feel official, but really all you need to do is open Steam, go to the Settings menu (under “Steam”), and look for a section on the Account page that says “Beta Participation.” Click “Change,” and then on the drop-down menu choose Steam Beta Update.

Restart Steam, and you’re in. You’ll know it worked immediately, because the familiar Store screen will now stretch all the way to the left and right edges of the window, no bezel. Most of the key features are over on the Library tab though. That’s where you’ll be greeted by the new Home page, the redesigned sidebar, and so forth.

Change is good, sometimes. Having lived through hundreds of interface changes across countless programs, I feared the worst. Valve’s PAX demo assuaged those fears somewhat, but you never really know what will annoy you until you’ve tested it yourself.

Steam Library Update - Beta IDG / Hayden Dingman

So far I’m very impressed though. The new interface is clean and reactive, and I’m finding the new organizational tools fun to mess around with. I’m not going to spend a ton of time recapping because, as I said, you can read about everything at length in our longer (albeit hands-off) impressions.

But there are a few smaller features I hadn’t noticed in Valve’s demo. I like for instance that you can quickly toggle Collections (which used to be Categories) on and off, flipping between your organized library and a simpler alphabetical list of games. There’s also a “Ready to Play” button in the top-left that will quickly omit any uninstalled games from the list. And even with more than 2,000 games in my library, these sorting changes are snappy.

I also like the “Sort by Recent Activity” button, which gives you a month-by-month breakdown of the games you’ve played this year, and then a yearly breakdown after that. It goes back ages, too. Curious what you were playing in 2014? Steam can now show you.

via Macworld https://www.pcworld.com/article/3439142/steams-wonderful-library-update-beta-is-finally-live-heres-how-to-get-it.html#tk.rss_all
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September 17, 2019 at 09:49PM

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