Valve details Steam overhaul plans

  • Valve details Steam overhaul plans

Valve details Steam overhaul plans

As Valve has notified developers that the platform is about to receive a host of changes. Aside from a major home page refresh that will add some new ways of surfacing games, and removing "visual clutter", the Discovery Update will put a greater focus on improving visibility for new titles.

With around 125 million users, Valve's Steam Store has been one of the dominant forces in PC gaming for over a decade now, so any change to the platform can have huge implications for players and developers.

This follows confirmation to a number of SteamWorks developers that include updates to Steam's UI, customer preferences and targeted content. This serves as a good way to let game makers know of upcoming changes to the store, the Steamworks API itself, and other relevant details. In the time since the Discovery Update, we've iterated on the features and made improvements to support the goal of helping each customer find the titles they are most likely to enjoy playing.

Valve appears to be looking to drive more sales with these changes based on options the users set. For instance, the home page is set to get an overhaul with larger images and a new layout for navigating games, deals, and discounts.

Many of these new features are already in the steam menu, so it may be that this update will make them more visually appealing and easier to access. When logged in, users will see what's popular among friends, their discovery cue, and recommendations from curators they follow. Titles will show up in a different way on the "New on Steam" page and the "New on Steam" queue.

It means that, rather than managing each section of the store individually, users will be able to exclude specific products - such as Early Access titles or VR experiences - from appearing on the Steam home page and other parts of the store. With that in mind, the storefront will be built-out with new "popular among friends" and "top selling new releases" sections.

Valve is reportedly planning to roll out the update in a few weeks, though some of the plans might be changed or removed, based on feedback from developers. There will also be a new left-hand column on the home page to include links to places like new releases, top-sellers, recently updated titles, upcoming releases and more. One of the better new additions is called 'global customer preferences, ' and is a feature that gives users the option to remove certain types of games from their homepage entirely. This helps us better understand whether a curation should be used to promote a game on the front page of Steam, or if it's meant to be informational that should primarily appear on the individual product page.