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lashman

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New UI is amazing

for lazy people:
Steam Desktop Update
Steam Client Beta has just been updated with new features and improvements

Hello! We’ve just updated the Steam Client Beta with new features and improvements to the Steam Desktop experience. We’re excited to get these features into your hands for testing, so please check it out and let us know what you think. Here's a quick overview of what's new:



Big changes under the hood...

Some of the biggest changes in this update aren’t immediately visible; much of the work went into changing how we share code across the Steam Desktop Client, Big Picture mode, and Steam Deck. These changes also mean a quicker implementation and iteration of new features. One example of this is the new Local Network Transfer update, which shipped simultaneously in the Steam Client and Steam Deck.

And small changes everywhere else

This update also brings targeted visual and usability improvements across Steam - we've gone through and updated dialogs, menus, fonts, and colors. The main Steam header, Settings, and the game server browser are just a few examples of spots with refreshed UI.

In-Game Overlay

We’ve overhauled the In-Game Overlay completely. Originally created to be a quick way to chat with friends or check on game-related questions or content, we’ve built a brand-new user interface, adding new utility and allowing for more customizability.



The new toolbar gives you access to anything you may need in the middle of a game – friends chat, achievements progress, guides, discussions, a browser, and more. We've picked a couple windows by default, and you can pick and personalize the pieces of content you’d like to see in your overlay - settings are saved between games. This toolbar can be switched between an icon view and a list view in Settings.



The Game Overview is your one-stop shop to see what’s going on with the game since you last played it. For example, it shows what achievements you have in progress, which friends are playing the same game, top guides, news, and more.



The new Notes app lets you jot down... notes about the game that you’re currently playing. It comes with rich text formatting, the ability to have multiple notes per game, and can even be used in offline mode. These notes are saved per game and are synced across to any other PCs you are logged into, and are also accessible outside the in-game overlay, on the game details page.



We've also added the ability to pin windows from the overlay, so that they can appear on top of the game while in-game. Opacity level is adjustable, and only the contents of the window will be pinned - excluding the title bar and other extraneous UI. This new functionality is available for Notes, Guides, Discussions, and the web browser (yes, you can watch movies while you play games if you really want to).



Notifications

Steam Client notifications are now richer and more useful. The green button only lights up when there's truly something new for you. The tray view is limited to new notifications, and there's a "View all" page with a historical view.



Screenshot Manager

The screenshot manager has been completely refreshed - it's responsive, you can choose from large or small thumbnails, view recent screenshots rather than by game, and you can manage online screenshots as well as local screenshots.



Mac & Linux:

The technical work in this update also makes it possible to enable hardware acceleration for the Mac & Linux versions of Steam, bringing them up to par with Windows. You should see snappier animations, scrolling and more responsive UI. Linux users can try the new client out today! For Mac users, you will have to wait a couple weeks as we are hard at work getting the client ready for public testing.

Feedback

These features are all now available in the Steam Client Beta, which you can opt into by following these instructions. Work on these features is ongoing, and we would love to hear what you think. Any feedback and bug reports are appreciated – please share them in the forums.
 

KingKrouch

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The new UI for Steam looks pretty nice. The in-game overlay seems like a nicer looking Xbox Game Bar at this point. One detail that I found out is that if you have URLs displayed as enabled on Steam, if you simply click the URL that's visible when viewing a webpage, it will quickly copy the URL to your clipboard. That is such a massive improvement already, the previous required you to drag select the URL, and then right click->copy, but that was hit-or-miss most of the time. The new Steam UI looks visually coherent with the new library UI, even if it may sadly come at the cost of custom skins.

Since they added a notes feature, I do have a few things that I wish they'd officially implement:
  • Gameplay recording and instant replay (with RAM buffer support and the ability to choose the recording framerate) functionality to Steam. There's already a Decky-Loader plugin for this called decky-recorder, but I'd love an official feature, especially as both of my PCs have the RAM to spare for high quality recordings. You cannot use OBS like you would a desktop in Game Mode on the Steam Deck or Gamescope, and since most of the available options for instant replays on Windows (Shadowplay, Action, and Radeon ReLive) all have their hard to ignore problems.
  • JXR screenshot functionality for HDR screenshots, alongside proper HDR->SDR tonemapping (Whenever I have a game in HDR mode, I cannot take screenshots on Steam, because it will end up being washed out, I have to use Xbox Game Bar to have working screenshots or videos).
  • Quick and easy photo and video sharing to a mobile device (like what the Nintendo Switch can do) or video/social-media sites (Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, YouTube, etc). It's already a bit of a hassle to use Steam's screenshot feature to do this kind of stuff, and basically every other major platform (on consoles at least) has this sorted out.
  • An OLED dark mode. Pretty self-explanatory with PC OLED displays becoming more commonplace.
  • An overhaul to the in-game FPS display to be more in-line with MangoHud and RTSS, as having an easily accessible frametime graph on Windows without any third-party dependencies or on Linux without messing with environment variables (in each game's launch parameters) would be nice.
EDIT: Since I forgot, being able to set a custom resolution in the Steam games properties, and having some 21:9 and 32:9 resolution options (alongside some stuff like 960x540 when using the Steam Deck) would be a nice thing to have.
 
Reason: Added a mention to some custom resolution improvements to be made on SteamOS/Steam Deck
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Parsnip

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  • Gameplay recording and instant replay (with RAM buffer support and the ability to choose the recording framerate) functionality to Steam. There's already a Decky-Loader plugin for this called decky-recorder, but I'd love an official feature, especially as both of my PCs have the RAM to spare for high quality recordings. You cannot use OBS like you would a desktop in Game Mode on the Steam Deck or Gamescope, and since most of the available options for instant replays on Windows (Shadowplay, Action, and Radeon ReLive) all have their hard to ignore problems.
  • An overhaul to the in-game FPS display to be more in-line with MangoHud and RTSS, as having an easily accessible frametime graph on Windows without any third-party dependencies or on Linux without messing with environment variables (in each game's launch parameters) would be nice.
I'm actually surprised these still aren't a thing. The gameplay recording in particular, they have had most of that functionality for years through their broadcast options, it's wild that it hasn't been expanded to local recordings and shadowplay like functionality.
Same with the FPS display too, it would be neat to have some RTSS-like functionality built into steam, framerate caps and perf overlay stats and all that.

Hopefully these are all part of the plan. Does Steamdeck have a custom built-in performance hud or does it use mangohud?
 

TrishaKit

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All of the Dungeon Travelers games are getting English releases
They didn't specify platforms, but there's already a listing on Johren, so PC is confirmed

I'm going to assume this is where that steamdb entry for Dungeon Travelers 2 came from. Maybe the Steam banning resulted in Johren PC ports? >.<
 

KingKrouch

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Does Steamdeck have a custom built-in performance hud or does it use mangohud?
It uses MangoHUD compiled with MangoApp support (Which was something you used to have to do with Nobara to get that working with gamescope-session) for it's performance HUD. Gamescope is used for the framelimiter and image scaling.
 
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Li Kao

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Damn, bad timing as I have to pay for the 4070, but I really need and external HD for the backup of my most important data. Google Drive is acting up again with Calibre operations, garbo software.
 

MonthOLDpickle

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The new steam client is..making shit slow my side. Games that launched in 7 seconds now taking over 40....just as long as to exit...

***

I can't even launch battle brothers anymore - it just goes unresponsive. I don't know what changed but I was fine 8 hours ago playing it...
 
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spindoctor

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  • Quick and easy photo and video sharing to a mobile device (like what the Nintendo Switch can do) or video/social-media sites (Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, YouTube, etc). It's already a bit of a hassle to use Steam's screenshot feature to do this kind of stuff, and basically every other major platform (on consoles at least) has this sorted out.
This feature in particular needs a proper overhaul. It's kind of embarrassing how Steam screenshots can only be shared to Facebook with one click and only one at a time at that. Nothing says abandoned functionality quite like linking with a service that lost relevance to the target demographic at least half a decade ago. Even consoles let you share screenshots and clips to Twitter with about 3 button presses. Valve should put some effort into simplifying the flow of sharing media to social media services and preferably allow you to easily compress/resize/encode all of it for sharing.

Oh wow check this out

Never seen red numbers this big before :disapproval-blob:
 
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inky

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Never seen red numbers this big before :disapproval-blob:
Whoah, Jedi Survivor is $88 USD in Mexico, Deluxe Edition is actually $110, but the Deluxe Upgrade is only $1USD

Their regional pricing is so extremely fucked up on both ends it must be a mistake... How long till they realize this and make it worse?
 

Mivey

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The notes feature in the new UI is amazing, I hope it saves these across sessions too.

It's crazy how the old in-game UI had been barely updated since like 2012
 

MomoVideo

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The notes feature in the new UI is amazing, I hope it saves these across sessions too.

It's crazy how the old in-game UI had been barely updated since like 2012
It syncs to the cloud so it will sync between sessions and even other devices. You can also access notes from outside the game. Neat.
 

ezodagrom

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Gamers Nexus is investigating the Ryzen 7000 CPUs burning situation, I guess their video about this is gonna be interesting:


RIP GN's 7800X3D
Cause of death: kaboom
Your contributions will be forever appreciated
Oof...

Also AMD issued a statement about the situation:
"We have root caused the issue and have already distributed a new AGESA that puts measures in place on certain power rails on AM5 motherboards to prevent the CPU from operating beyond its specification limits, including a cap on SOC voltage at 1.3V. None of these changes affect the ability of our Ryzen 7000 Series processors to overclock memory using EXPO or XMP kits or boost performance using PBO technology.
We expect all of our ODM partners to release new BIOS for their AM5 boards over the next few days. We recommend all users to check their motherboard manufacturers website and update their BIOS to ensure their system has the most up to date software for their processor.
Anyone whose CPU may have been impacted by this issue should contact AMD customer support. Our customer service team is aware of the situation and prioritizing these cases."
 

LEANIJA

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The new Steam UI looks good.
Often, Im torn on too-agressive design revamps. Especially when it feels like "we want to redesign for the sake of redesigning" or because a trend exists of how a "modern" UI should look. Steam has been critised of looking "outdated" (and indeed someone commented under Lawrences tweet "it looks modern now") and I never necessarily agreed. Steam has been updating parts of the UI constantly, adding features, overhauling features, etc. That did lead to a certain inconsistency, but not every design paradigm can be fitted onto every UI element. Sometimes you can to improvise and adapt. And not every "modern" UI is good for every user/use-case (or; just generally good). Sometimes useful features get obscured because one designer didnt need it / use it and felt it was okay to be removed. Sometimes designers think their opinion or taste is the only valid/good one and everybody else just has to deal with it.

And, I cannot stress this enough, just because something is new or "modern" does not make it automatically better. Which is why I am very thankful for Valves very sensible approach of design iteration over design revolution, and in this case, keeping the same look & feel. Their perspective consistently seems to be "what would the USER want" and I just really appreciate that.
 

Aaron D.

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Are people geniunely excited for Starfield? It feels like moded Skyrim tbh, at least from the few things I saw so far.

I'll say it.

I'll take a janky BGS release over any modern AAA(A) these days that are practically all on rails, environmental-interactively dead and hand-holding to the point of insult. They all feel so focus-tested that any sense of grit and personality are completely sanded away.

And when they're not on rails like TLoU or GoW, the sandbox variety in Ubi-likes or HZD/Spiderman are littered with busywork icons featuring repetitive content and zero unique identity. There's no reason to explore as the sandbox design is so empty & sterile. In spite of those hundreds of PoI map markers, it feels like nothing but empty calories.

Modern AAA(A) prestige gaming sucks.
 

PC-tan

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I played Jedi last night, I was sort of hopefully because the first part of gameplay was pretty nice, I should have known something was up when I was having some issues with the recap video.


Well at least the PC version has dual sense support.


One gameplay complaint that I have is that parrying doesn't feel that satisfying. In Sekiro you knew when to parry, in this game just blocking stuff feels like it parry's. I could try it out on the hardest difficulty but I don't think I want to die that often in this game.
 

Paul

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Hah, I have the same one. If this CPU struggles to get to 60 then Respawn really fucked up/ didn't have time to finish optimizing.

I did read though that any change of graphical settings - no matter how small - requires game restart (eventhough the game does not tell you) and without it, runs much worse.
 
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