Steam UI update officially rolling out next week

By Jos · 14 replies
Apr 21, 2010
  1. After two months of beta testing and several updates, Valve has announced that the so-called "UI Update" for their Steam client will finally roll out to all users on Monday. Far from being just a visual overhaul, the update ditches Steam's Internet Explorer-based core for a new WebKit-based rending engine, and will bring a few new features like syndicated gaming news feeds, a new in-game overlay with more context sensitive information, and customizable games libraries.

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  2. I don't kinda like this new UI update at all.
  3. Timonius

    Timonius TS Evangelist Posts: 647   +58

    It takes some getting used to but after a while I'm sure you'll like it. You'll have no choice anyway ;) I opted in when the Beta was announced because I really did not like the dependancy on Internet Explorer. It was a bit sluggish at first but now it is pretty slick. I love what they did with the store layout in the area of videos and screenshots. They messed up my games library, but you can tweek how it is displayed pretty much right back to how the old UI is.
  4. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,332   +101

    I opted into the beta early on, and although it was a bit confusing at first, I'd say it's a much-needed improvement over the previous Steam interface. Far from perfect, but an improvement nonetheless.

    What exactly is it that you dislike about the change, Guest?
  5. I bought like 30 games on Steam, and now they just says, you have to get used to this new UI. If you don't like it, we won't refund you.

    I liked it of it's simplicity. And now everything goes shiny and gay.
  6. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,957   +214

    Bit OT but Wow, launched up the client and there is a mid week sale of Deus Ex; 2.5€!
    And it's follow up Invisible War you get for the same price, so total 5€ (IW sucks really but can't beat the price :p)
    I'm buying it even tho I already have a copy on CD :)
    Best game ever!
  7. Docnoq

    Docnoq TS Booster Posts: 143

    There was a midweek madness sale for the Commandos pack last week for $5. It had all 4 Commandos games
  8. I wonder how technically feasible it is for Valve to release some sort of set of open standards that would allow other developers to write their own Steam clients that could work with the Steam protocols, kind of like how you have the Jabber IM protocol but numerous clients made by different people. That would solve a lot of the issues that come up with people's criticisms of the Steam client - you're never going to be able to please everyone with only one choice available.
  9. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,379   +16

    Curious to know if they fixed the major issues with the beta. I tried the beta for a week when it came out and while it looked nice the performance from it was dreadful. Being unresponsive and sluggish most of the time turned me so off I had to revert back to the latest release. Going to have to check it out again and hopefully see huge improvements in performance.
  10. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    Oh no. The beta works horribly for me. I first tried it when it came out, couldn't buy anything on the site, so I switched back.

    Then when they had the free multiplayer weekend for MW2, for some reason it only worked when I when I upgraded back to beta, would not launch the game in the regular version. I switched back to regular when I once again tried to buy something and couldn't.

    So it looks if this thing will become permanent I'll stop buying games at Steam...
  11. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,375   +167

    I like the beta except for the news on the storefront moving to the bottom, which means I simply don't read it.
  12. gobbybobby

    gobbybobby TS Guru Posts: 554   +9

    I also dislike it. Don't like the way it looks. Its light while the old one was dark and black. I don't like the new downloads tab. Don't like that it autoplays Videos. (BTW is there a way to disable that)
  13. It wont download on windows 7
  14. It is not that it won't download on windows 7, it is that YOU can't download it on windows 7. I had no trouble downloading it on windows 7.
  15. gwailo247:

    I also tried the beta when it first came out. There were some pretty serious bugs, but they have all been ironed out.
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