Valve Reveals New Steam Library Design

On Thursday, Valve presented at the Game Developers Conference to lay out its plans for the platform's update and shared a first look at Steam's updated look.

Individual game pages in the Steam library are also getting re-tooled, again with a focus on providing players with information about updates, events, and friends.

On the other hand, Steam's Events page will round up what's happening in the games you follow and have in your library, organizing occasions like game updates, streams, tournaments, and so on.

In addition to being reminded about Events within the new Library, users will have the option of being notified via calendar apps, email, mobile app notifications, text, and through Steam's notification box. Recently played games will now display at the top for ease of access and updates section will clue you in on which of your titles has just received new patches or content. Foremost among them are an overhauled game library and an event system that can be used by developers to keep players clued in about what's happening in games they own.

Steam is getting a fresh new look for 2019
Steam Libraries Are Getting An Overhaul And New Events Page Coming

The tags you see in the Steam store will also help you find games in the library. As part of Valve's renewed effort to combat off-topic review bombing, devs will also have a simple button to alert Valve of suspicious review activity on their games.

The other big change coming to Steam in the near future is a robust event system designed, said Kroll, to improve Steam's functionality in this era of "live service games". The page will have sections for recommended upcoming events, as well as "major" and "minor" ones, as shown below. This makes the ability to jump back into recently played games easier, and more intuitive.

Both features will be available later this year and will go into beta in the next few months according to Valve.

In smaller news, Steam's library page is being redesigned, with the finalized version being pushed out around the summer.

  • Fernando Stephens