Steam Discovery Update adds Curators, personalized queues, and more

Steam's home page just got a major facelift, as well as some new features to help personalize your shopping experience.

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Valve is giving its Steam storefront some new features and a bit of an overhaul. The publisher released the Steam Discovery Update, which is meant to improve the overall shopping experience across the service.

That means there's a whole new Steam home page that will filter out less popular games, as well as games that aren't available on your operating system. Also, Valve is adding new detailed filters to the search function. Steam Curators will also allow players to offer recommendations to other Steam users, based on past purchases, recent games played, friend recommendations, or contributing to Steam Community Groups. You can also find recommendations for yourself on the new Discovery Queue.

For more, check out the Steam update page.

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    September 22, 2014 4:20 PM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Steam Discovery Update adds Curators, personalized queues, and more.

    Steam's home page just got a major facelift, as well as some new features to help personalize your shopping experience.

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      September 22, 2014 5:06 PM

      i hope they add some sort of tab system so when i click on a game while browsing i don't have to click on Back 2-3 times after looking at screenshots of the game.

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      September 22, 2014 6:19 PM

      More useless "I think I know you better than yourself" crap. Give use Steam Controller!

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        September 22, 2014 7:13 PM

        The discovery thing is actually pretty cool. It recommended some older indie games I'd never heard of. It's good for finding stuff that nobody talks about any more, and I wouldn't know to look for.

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      September 22, 2014 6:29 PM

      I made my own steam group to test this curating stuff out. Then I made myself player of the week. So lonely.

      I like the new design though. Navigating the midweek madness deals in the old layout was a bit of a chore, I like how all the sales are in one place now.

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        September 22, 2014 9:14 PM

        Yeah when they had those japanese indie sales going on it was impossible to find if you didn’t already have a link to the page. Now it seems like you'd be able to actually find something like that with this update.

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      September 22, 2014 7:29 PM

      I believe you can no longer access the forums from the store page, correct? I guess they think that hiding the visceral posts will lead to impulsive sales :)

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        September 22, 2014 8:03 PM

        Click that big huge "Community Hub" button in the top right and it will take you to the page that has the announcements, screenshots, guides and forums for that game all in one place. :p

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          September 22, 2014 8:15 PM

          I must be blind as I do not see "Forum" anywhere when I go to the "Hub" page. It used to be on the store page on the right.

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            September 22, 2014 8:26 PM

            It's the Discussions tab, top left.

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              September 22, 2014 8:45 PM

              Found it! It's a little buried now, but at least you can still get to a forum for a game you don't own. I can easily get to the "Forum" in my library the old way. I don't like the change.

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      September 22, 2014 8:45 PM

      I like it. Especially being able to hide things I'm not interested in, or that I already own, though it keeps showing me F2P games I have already tried, there must be no way to track if you've tried and deleted it.

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        September 22, 2014 9:02 PM

        The client tracks your time played. Must be a way.

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      September 22, 2014 8:51 PM

      wow this is, uh, new.

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      September 22, 2014 11:16 PM

      So will there be an official Shacknews curator?

      Just put Bionic Commando Rearmed and Mark of the Ninja on it and it gets my full support.

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      September 23, 2014 12:19 AM

      That huge square just on top of the shop page of a game requesting you to write a review is pretty dumb, as it is putting the curators BEFORE the actual information of the game the devs put there.

      And about looks, i like that bright blue as much as i like this bright purple on shacknews, and its on the same level of like as staring at a turned on light bulb directly.

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      September 23, 2014 12:37 AM

      I wonder if they'll update the mobile apps too, it's been a long while since they've been updated

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      September 23, 2014 7:12 AM

      Can finally remove early access from showing up. nice.

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      September 23, 2014 9:14 AM

      Because we were all doing such a lousy job finding games to add to our backlog during Steam Sales? LOL. What a concept!

      Although, that bit about finding like the Japanese indie stuff would be a nice touch. hmmm

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      September 23, 2014 9:20 AM

      This is bad ass. A sweet new feature is indicating whether you already have a title on a listing page. This is a first world problem but when you've been through a few Steam sales there are always repeats on certain games and you may or may not remember whether you've already bought some of the titles.
      This curator stuff looks good and the auto queue suggestions seem intelligent enough.

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      September 23, 2014 10:30 AM

      I really like this curation feature. It's a good place to go for recommendations from friends and trusted sources.

      If anyone is interested, my own curation (part of 3305 Local) is located here...
      http://store.steampowered.com/curator/91962/

      Just started it today, I'll be adding a number of games here in the next day or so.