Report: Valve planning a refresh of Steam interface

The developer will touch up Steam's Home page and add a 'Popular Among Friends' section. 

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post on NeoGAF indicates that Valve plans to redesign Steam's storefront (via GameSpot).

Originally posted as a developer-only blog on Steam circulated among SteamWorks devs, the post details plans to refresh the digital outlet's home page and add a 'Popular Among Friends' curation option.

"When we launched the Steam Discovery Update, we introduced a new and smarter Steam store built around personalization and recommendations," the post reads. "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. We think our progress in this direction has been really valuable in supporting a broader variety of gaming experiences big and small, while better serving individual customer tastes."

Assuming this report pans out, Valve will overhaul Steam's home page to weed out unnecessary visual elements and display larger game images where appropriate. A new array of links will dock to the left-hand column, and the Popular Among Friends section will affix to the homepage so you can see what users on your friends list have been playing.

The post ends with the most salient info. "We're actively working on this set of features, and planning to roll out the update in a few weeks. We're looking for your feedback on these changes and your suggestions for how we can best connect your game with the customers most likely to enjoy it."

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    September 26, 2016 4:17 PM

    David Craddock posted a new article, Report: Valve planning a refresh of Steam interface

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      September 26, 2016 4:18 PM

      Long over due imo. Its really dated and hard to navigate.

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      September 26, 2016 4:18 PM

      Needs less anime.

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        September 26, 2016 9:59 PM

        ye gods, yes.

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        September 28, 2016 2:40 PM

        Yes please let us click a button and filter out all those weeb anime games plz.

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      September 26, 2016 4:23 PM

      Hopefully it scales to desktop resolution finally

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        September 26, 2016 4:31 PM

        yeah right

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        September 26, 2016 11:28 PM

        THIS PLEASE!!!

        The application looks like complete garbage on 4K display. In fact I am surprised they as well as Blizzard have such crappy presentation on 4K displays. Get with the times!

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      September 26, 2016 4:35 PM

      I'll believe it when I see it

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      September 26, 2016 4:36 PM

      Can't they plan a refresh of the half-life series?

      *sobs in the corner*

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      September 26, 2016 4:53 PM

      When the fuck can i change my username away from a 12 year old unused email address

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        September 26, 2016 4:57 PM

        same. seriously.

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        September 26, 2016 4:59 PM

        Oh how I will miss you netscape.net. Please I just want my gmail address if thats ok.

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        September 26, 2016 5:17 PM

        Yup, still on a @comcast.net address.

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        September 26, 2016 5:17 PM

        Probablly never. Steam account stealing is a real problem. Imagine if someone steals your account and then changes the username. Normally you can just recover your password and change it, but when you no longer have the username either? All sorts of headaches come with that.

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          September 26, 2016 8:12 PM

          I agree, but I and a number of other people would pay money to have a one-time change from a dead email address to a username. I was in the beta for Steam in 2002, before I knew what it really was, so my username is an email address that is both dead and similar enough to my current email address (think a@b.com vs a@c.com) that it fucks me up all the time.

          They could set up a limited set of circumstances - if your account is old enough to where you predated the use of names instead of email addresses, AND your username is an email address THEN have a one-time paid username change. Done. Provided no one's registered your preferred username.

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          September 26, 2016 8:43 PM

          XBL, Bnet and others have all found ways to make the feature work

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        September 26, 2016 5:19 PM

        lol. Mine's a shackmail address. THAT'S how old it is. and how old I am

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        September 26, 2016 5:45 PM

        Yep lol, I once had an @aol address - Steam reminds me of it every time I load it.

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        September 26, 2016 6:50 PM

        Juno.com represent! So bad.

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        September 26, 2016 8:46 PM

        haha yes!! my username includes a now defunct domain name.

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        September 26, 2016 10:33 PM

        no, I like my login oldschool. less hackin'.

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        September 26, 2016 11:51 PM

        Mine is an @city-17.net address which I think is pretty cool

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        September 27, 2016 1:18 AM

        Mine is a barrysworld.com email address - an online gaming service that went into liquidation I think the same year that Steam launched.

      • ArB
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        September 27, 2016 2:21 AM

        @portalofevil.com Who could have ever guessed that site wouldn't still be around.

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        September 27, 2016 7:03 AM

        Are you guys still putting the @whatever.com in your username? They fixed that years ago.

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          September 27, 2016 7:37 AM

          Yes, but those of us who joined before that are hosed.

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            September 27, 2016 10:39 AM

            Back in the day, an email was the requirement for username

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      September 26, 2016 5:05 PM

      We all want this, but do we REALLY want this? I mean what are the odds they don't completely fuck it up? It seems like every redesign of every sight ever is always terrible. Dunno if I trust Valve.

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        September 26, 2016 5:39 PM

        It's already fucked up and terrible, so what difference does it make?

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        September 26, 2016 6:40 PM

        It'd be hard for them to mess this up, and while there's plenty of room for them to do just that Valve has a good track record of not Microsofting their interfaces.

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        September 27, 2016 4:59 PM

        Yeah, I'm picturing borderless sections for each game, large gaps in between, tons of unused screen space, and everything ordered vertically with a fixed maximum width. No tabs, just sections you have to scroll to.

        That seems to be the pattern of most web design these days, anyway. Make everything spread out and impossible to display all on a single page, despite showing you LESS information. I'm afraid Valve may get on the same boat.

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      September 26, 2016 5:11 PM

      i guess they need a way to show me more early access anime games

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      September 26, 2016 5:15 PM

      About time, I've always hated it. Slow and clunky. Maybe now it won't have to update itself every other time I open it.

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      September 26, 2016 5:16 PM

      Finally.

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      September 26, 2016 5:16 PM

      Oh man, Valve, don't stretch yourselves with anything too difficult...

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      September 26, 2016 5:22 PM

      So steam2? This will be the last steam version we ever get.

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      September 26, 2016 5:37 PM

      Good. I like that they let people make their own skins, but the UI is still just not great :(

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      September 26, 2016 6:38 PM

      Good! I've been wanting this for a long time. Microsoft has made over Live 4 times over within the same time span. I'll give Valve a break if only because Steam has some 3 different interfaces between the desktop, Big Picture, and now the VR stuff.

      Can't wait to hopefully see some improvements. I'd be hard to mess this up.

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      September 26, 2016 6:41 PM

      They need to start curating, a redesign is only half the problem

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      September 26, 2016 6:48 PM

      Please let my screen display more than 5 games in a list at a time.

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        September 26, 2016 10:45 PM

        You use Steam on a Gameboy?

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          September 27, 2016 3:35 AM

          No but modern interface designs like to waste tons of space. It's not like they're designing a web page that has to work on mobile, though.

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      September 26, 2016 7:27 PM

      Good. Community Hubs are pretty disorganized, and the Workshop isn't all that great either.

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      September 26, 2016 8:06 PM

      Let's bring back olive green!

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      September 26, 2016 8:09 PM

      Just don't change the library tab, do what ever web 3.11 shit you wan to the store.

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      September 26, 2016 8:11 PM

      It sounds like it's just an update to their homepage? Not really that interesting.

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      September 26, 2016 8:15 PM

      I wonder how fucking terrible it will be this time

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      September 26, 2016 8:39 PM

      I uninstalled a few games today. Stuff I don't play for a long time.

      Half life 2 showed last played December 2004...

      Anyway, how come deleting games is so fast? If you uninstalled any other program via control panel, it would require a few clicks on a wizard but on Steam the removal is instant.

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        September 26, 2016 8:46 PM

        The Control Panel method is tried and true. It'll work almost every time.

        Valve uses portals.

        Hope that clears it up for you.

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          September 26, 2016 8:46 PM

          Replied to the wrong post :(

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            September 27, 2016 1:16 AM

            Now you're thinking with P0rtals!

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            September 27, 2016 3:05 AM

            you did?

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              September 27, 2016 4:56 AM

              I guess not. Showed the response on a different post in my browser.

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                September 27, 2016 5:26 AM

                check your portal tech man

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                  September 27, 2016 5:28 AM

                  I think I red portaled when I should have blued.

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        September 27, 2016 4:52 AM

        I have always wondered about that too.

        I am thinking steam just lies to you and continues to uninstall in the background

    • Zek
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      September 26, 2016 11:03 PM

      It sounds like they're only talking about the web page. The rest of the application would still look a decade old. I can't understand why they haven't invested in this given that Steam has clearly been the #1 priority of the company for years.

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        September 26, 2016 11:39 PM

        I don't think even Valve knows what their priority is. Such a strange company.

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          September 27, 2016 2:40 AM

          They got shitload rich so quickly, they don't need programmes, projects, and priorities.

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        September 27, 2016 5:30 AM

        Steam is basically the gaming equivalent of the complete shithole restaurant on the sketchy side of town but god dammit they have the best burger and fries in the universe so you're willing to put up with it, even ignore it.

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      September 27, 2016 4:21 AM

      That's great news but i bet it will take revisions to get it fixed/working again

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      September 27, 2016 5:52 AM

      HL3 confirmmmmmmeeeedddddddd lalalaalala *sticks head in sand*

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      September 27, 2016 8:35 AM

      This sounds great. My 1 request. Variable font sizes. My 47 year old ass needs bigger fonts.