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How to join Steam’s library makeover beta - everything you need to know

by Brad Norton

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Steam are doing a huge makeover of their library system and are giving the chance for players to check out the changes they've made so far.

Developed by Valve Corporation, Steam initially launched in 2003 on PC’s around the world and quickly found itself a mainstay in the gaming industry. In 2019, the way in which the platform looks and functions will be forever changed. 

In a beta opened to the public on September 17, users can opt in to test the new model and get a glimpse into the future design of the software.


What's new in the beta:

To begin with, the library page has seen a drastic shift. Sprucing up the design, the beta library now lets you access your games and see the activity of your friends in one neat section.

 Additionally, the new library comes with a unique feature that allows you to create your own categories and collections. In the same vein as music playlists, the brand new ‘custom shelves’ are where you can highlight your favorite titles, line up games of a similar genre, and so on. This customization is all made simpler by the ability to drag and drop games next to one another.

Valve Corporation - Steam
Valve Corporation - Steam
A glimpse at the new game pages.

Opening the page of a specific game will now treat you to an abundance of information from the recent activity of your friends, to updates from the developers. At the top of the page you’ll also find a new post-game summary that highlights all of the accomplishments throughout your most recent session. 

Community content can also be displayed within the pages of certain games, encouraging users to share fan art, videos and even full written guides.

Valve Corporation - Steam
Valve Corporation - Steam
The new Post-Game Summary screen


How to join the beta:

In order to access the redesigned version of Steam, all you have to do is follow these simple instructions.

  1. -While Steam is open, click on “Steam” in the top left corner and select the “Settings” menu.
  2. -Click the “Change…” button on your “Beta Participation” option
  3. -Highlight the “Steam Beta Update” from the list and click “OK.”
  4. -From here, simply restart Steam and you’ll be good to go.

Valve Corporation - Steam
Valve Corporation - Steam
The original Steam logo

One of the most beneficial platforms for mod-creators, it seems as though the spruced-up version of Steam is putting an emphasis on pushing community activity to the forefront.

There’s no telling just when the fresh design will go live for all Steam users, but anyone that wants to check it out is now able to opt into the beta period.