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

Published: 18/Sep/2019 4:20 Updated: 18/Sep/2019 5:36

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 - SteamA 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 - SteamThe 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 - SteamThe 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.

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Is cross-progression coming to Rainbow Six: Siege? Everything we know

Published: 25/Oct/2020 3:14

by Andrew Amos

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Rainbow Six: Siege is available across Xbox, PlayStation, and PC. However, if you play on multiple platforms, you can’t link all your progress yet. Could cross-progression be coming soon though? Here’s everything we know.

Cross-progression in Rainbow Six: Siege has been a major talking point since the game’s release. Although it’s currently available across Xbox, PlayStation, and PC, each platform keeps its own account progress.

This means if you make the jump from Xbox to PlayStation for next-gen consoles, or switch entirely from console to PC, you’ll have to start all over again. No more Elite skins, no more full Operator rosters ⁠— you go right back to square one.

Zero in Rainbow Six Siege
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Picked up Zero on Xbox but want to transfer to PC? Tough luck for now.

However, there is hope for Rainbow Six: Siege players. Ubisoft is putting extra emphasis on cross-progression ⁠— and even cross-play ⁠— on their recently-released titles, and it’s hoped that Siege is next on their list.

What would cross-progression mean for Rainbow Six: Siege?

Cross-progression is not to be confused with cross-play. Rainbow Six: Siege currently doesn’t support either cross-progression or cross-play. It’s definitely more likely that the former would come before the latter.

Cross-progression, as described by Ubisoft, “allows you to play the game on one platform and continue your progression on another, as long as your Ubisoft account is linked to the target platform.”

This means all your operators, profile progress, and cosmetics will likely carry over between different platforms. However, things like ranked stats and progress will be culled.

Tomb Raider Ash portrait for Rainbow Six: Siege
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Elite skins would transfer between platforms if cross-progression was enabled in Siege.

When is cross-progression coming to Rainbow Six: Siege?

Right now, there’s no official plans to add cross-progression into Rainbow Six: Siege. It’s only a bit of hope, and some reading between the lines, that has players thinking it’s around the corner.

The launch of Ubisoft Connect, the new UPlay, is set to bring cross-progression to new titles. However, it’s unclear if older releases like Rainbow Six: Siege will get the same treatment when Ubisoft Connect launches.

The current list of Ubisoft Connect cross-progression titles are: Hyper Scape, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Immortals Fenyx Rising, and Riders Republic.

However, with the launch of the new service on October 29, there could be further announcements for games like Rainbow Six, and a firm date put on cross-progression. Fingers crossed.

We will update this article as more information arises.