Steam Libraries Are Getting An Overhaul

Steam is getting a fresh new look for 2019

Some of the key features for the re-designed library are listed below. Foremost among them are an overhauled game library and an event system that can be used by developers to keep players clued in about what's happening in games they own.

These library homepages also put an emphasis on game updates, highlighting instances where new characters, game modes, or other changes have been added to a title. Those among you who use Steam's Big Picture mode will find the layout familiar.

In addition to being reminded about Events within the new Library, users will have the option of being notified via calendar apps, email, mobile app notifications, text, and through Steam's notification box. Plus, tags will also be included in the redesign. Valve showed off the game page for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, which now has a section for "Recent Events and Updates" and a section to let you see your friends' activity in regard to a specific game.

Lately the Epic Games Store is grabbing a lot of headlines with its steady stream of exclusive game announcements, but Steam certainly isn't resting on its laurels. "We want to build the foundation for a communication platform where all the interesting things that are happening in games can find their way to the customers".

Steam is getting a fresh new look for 2019

The other big change coming to Steam in the near future is a robust event system designed, said Kroll, to improve Steam's functionality in this era of "live service games". "This provides an opportunity for players to see 'what else is happening in the games that I play?'"

Though no official date for the updates was given, the company did confirm that an open beta would be available within the next couple months.

The redesign isn't due out until summer 2019 and even then, it'll be in beta form, so there's still plenty of time to get nostalgic over Steam's current design.

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