Valve shares first official look at Steam’s updated library UI ahead of public beta

By Sherif Saed, Wednesday, 12 June 2019 11:58 GMT

After months of leaks and speculation, Valve has finally revealed what that whole Steam library overhaul is all about.

In a blog post, Valve outlined the high-level goals of the upcoming redesign to Steam’s library interface. According to the developer, the new design combines your own experience with a game along with official news from its makers, as well as new content.

It also looks more modern, as seen in the most recent Chinese leak where modders managed to get a development build up and running. To that end, Valve confirmed that public beta testing for the new UI will kick off in a few weeks.

The post advises developers to create new assets for their game pages and start uploading them to Steam’s servers, using new templates and guidelines.

That said, Valve realises that not every developer will be able to get them done in time. In those cases, Steam will default to a basic treatment for “both the capsule and header”, though obviously original, developer-created designs will look the best.

The rest of the blog post is more developer-focused, explaining how teams can customise the look of their game pages, capsules and so on. Still, it’s great to hear that the long awaited UI overhaul – at least the one for the library – is nearing release.

We’ll bring you all news of the upcoming tests when we have it.

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