Massive Steam Update Threatens to Balloon Your Game Backlog – CCN Markets
Valve pushes forward ever forward with its massive overhaul of the Steam platform, announcing this week a slew of updates and a new Steam Labs experiment in the works.
Micro Trailers and a Revamped Search Function
First and foremost, Valve is porting the Micro Trailer test over to the entire Steam library after a limited 15-category trial period. Users can now access a six-second amalgamated clip of trailers to get a feel for each title.
The idea is to give a condensed look at what the game is all about to help with the decision-making process. Moreover, users can now explore Micro Trailers through a categorization system of close to 400 different tags ranging from genres to more granular features like, for example, vehicles.
The update also launches a new search function that should ease hunting down for the next title to waste away your free time.
The new search eases narrowing down relevant search results through a bevy of new filters. These include tags, price, discounted games, and even the ability to remove already-owned titles from search results for a more streamlined results page that now has an infinite scroll feature, getting ride of the platform’s notoriously tedious page-hopping drag.
Steam Introduces Deep Dive to Make Your Game Backlog Even Larger
Finally, Steam has unveiled the next experiment to hit the platform – Deep Dive. The company says:
“The new experiment will offer an exploratory interface to discover new games based on their similarity to familiar ones, plus the ability to use these recommendations themselves as a jumping-off point to dive even deeper into what Steam has to offer.”
In other words, trawling through Steam’s catalog should be a significantly more enjoyable experience.
Although Steam is desperately in need of a facelift, having changed very little over the years, the risk is that it will be a lot easier to track down games that pique our interest resulting in an even more extensive backlog of games we’ll probably never play.