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New Steam UI launched

New Steam UI launched

Valve's new Steam UI boasts a streamlined aesthetic and more information when downloading.

Valve has finally rolled out the complete and final version of the new Steam user interface, which has been in open beta since February this year.

The new look and feature-set will be automatically applied when you next start Steam up, though if you're having problems with that then you can force an update by downloading the new version of Steam direct from Valve.

The new interface is mainly built around a aesthetic changes to the Store and Games Library that make it easier to peruse your available games and likely purchases, but there are plenty of new features bundled into the update too.

Among the more useful features is a new downloader which offers more info on your download speeds and apparently stops game updates from pausing so regularly. The new games library is also customisable and Steam users are now able to sort their owned titles into lists.

Social features have updated too, with your latest achievements and game progress now listed right in your library. There's new news feeds to, including a feed for each game listed on Steam. The Steam Alt-Tab overlay has been improved too, now running smoother than ever.

Best of all, Steam has eschewed it's reliance on Internet Explorer and opted to use a WebKit based rendering engine for the client and in-game overlay.

You can read a full list of the new features on Valve's UI site - and don't forget that the update coincides with a sale on all Rockstar Games available on Steam too.

Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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GFC 27th April 2010, 12:04 Quote
I personally find it horrible. The default black one was hundred times better. Not only that, but they DON'T give you an option to change back to the old one... Ashame, I loved that UI.
Ah. The new browser doesn't seem to like google reader either, because the "popups" (when you want to read the whole story) just doesn't work in there.
Omnituens 27th April 2010, 12:07 Quote
I hated the beta, but I will give the "retail" version a fair go before I rage make fair and thoughtful comments.
runadumb 27th April 2010, 12:12 Quote
Personally I love the new look and have been using it for over a month. Steam really needed to change to the UI and it was getting really old looking
CardJoe 27th April 2010, 12:17 Quote
I have to say I'm not a big fan either.
Xir 27th April 2010, 12:25 Quote
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a sale on all Rockstar Games available on Steam
What? I've got to get home!

Is there a way to relocate the entire Steam folder to a different drive (or at least the games that are downloaded?)

I've mistakenly installed Steam on my C: drive, and now it installs every game on C: without asking, which I dont want.

:D Deus Ex and Psychonauts on Netbook, Buahaha! Who sait the Atom is too slow? ;)
Unicorn 27th April 2010, 12:30 Quote
I don't see what all the fuss is about. I love the new UI. I think it's a very natural progression from the old one and brings steam right up to date. It makes several much needed changes to key functions as well as introducing some new features which were not necessarily needed but that I certainly welcome and enjoy using. Apart from all the functional changes that have been made, it looks much better in Windows 7 and will look good on OSX when that gets off the ground. The old steam was an application designed to run on an old OS, the new steam is designed to run on newer OS'. Like I said, a natural progression.
liratheal 27th April 2010, 12:31 Quote
And still no download scheduler.

Don't care about the rest, just the lack of a scheduler.
DeathAwaitsU 27th April 2010, 12:48 Quote
I still dont like the color tbh :/
sleepygamer 27th April 2010, 12:56 Quote
I wasn't a huge fan of the new UI at first when I used it in the beta, but it grew on me. The overlay has a much better web browser at least. Handy for when I get stuck in game.
Da_Rude_Baboon 27th April 2010, 13:00 Quote
Still no native proxy support :/
Zayfod 27th April 2010, 13:08 Quote
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Originally Posted by Xir
What? I've got to get home!

Is there a way to relocate the entire Steam folder to a different drive (or at least the games that are downloaded?)

I've mistakenly installed Steam on my C: drive, and now it installs every game on C: without asking, which I dont want.

:D Deus Ex and Psychonauts on Netbook, Buahaha! Who sait the Atom is too slow? ;)

To relocate Steam, just move the folder to where you want it; if it's not happy, delete "ClientRegistry.blob" and log back in. Simplez.
Mighty Yoshimi 27th April 2010, 13:21 Quote
It's amazing i love it :D
Saivert 27th April 2010, 13:24 Quote
yes steam only installs stuff under the Steam\SteamApps folder which is a bit stupid. It could have had an option for selecting where you want a game downloaded. But I guess they want to keep it simple and avoid support nightmares with customers wondering where their games went and other complexities.
You can fix it yourself if you get to know symlinks which are available on Windows 7.
Evildead666 27th April 2010, 13:36 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Xir
Quote:
a sale on all Rockstar Games available on Steam
What? I've got to get home!

Is there a way to relocate the entire Steam folder to a different drive (or at least the games that are downloaded?)

I've mistakenly installed Steam on my C: drive, and now it installs every game on C: without asking, which I dont want.

:D Deus Ex and Psychonauts on Netbook, Buahaha! Who sait the Atom is too slow? ;)

I have a copy of the Steam folder on one of my data drives.
i just copied a shortcut to the steam.exe file on my desktop.
When I run it it seems to be able to function.

Whenever I reinstall windows I just recopy the shortcut and run it....
ellism 27th April 2010, 13:43 Quote
Any one else have issues with the steam beta on Linux? It was unbearably slow for me.
mrbens 27th April 2010, 13:53 Quote
never bothered with the beta as at the start it had problems like re-downloading games.

glad to say i love the new look! (unlike bit-tech ;) - just messing)
mrbens 27th April 2010, 15:56 Quote
Oh, and noticed some errors:
Quote:
The new interface is mainly built around a aesthetic changes
Remove the 'a' please.
Quote:
There's new news feeds to, including a feed for each game listed on Steam. The Steam Alt-Tab overlay has been improved too
The first 'to' should be 'too'. Strange as you use 'too' correctly in your next sentence! A quick re-read before posting the news article is all you need. :)

And where is the 'edit' option for forum posts now?

EDIT: it's back lol
Grimloon 27th April 2010, 16:04 Quote
I've just been having a tinker with it on the netbook and it looks rather nice, not too cluttered on the small screen. This, of course, means that I'll probably hate it on the desktop when I get home as it's too small! :P

The option to change the jumplist for Win 7 is nice although I expect I'll just switch everything on and leave it at that.
zimbloggy 27th April 2010, 16:36 Quote
All the hating is nothing new to any new UI. When company wants to change their UI, they just have to do it and ignore the haters and eventually people will get used to it and like it better. (facebookl
GoodBytes 27th April 2010, 16:49 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by zimbloggy
All the hating is nothing new to any new UI. When company wants to change their UI, they just have to do it and ignore the haters and eventually people will get used to it and like it better. (facebookl

No, it's because people know that nothing will be done so they don't say anything any more.
Er-El 27th April 2010, 17:55 Quote
I'm liking what I see so far. Takes a bit of getting used to, but after a while you'll find it's better to use than the old UI which was horrible.

People naturally just hate change.
Xir 27th April 2010, 17:58 Quote
Quote:
the update coincides with a sale on all Rockstar Games available on Steam too.
Hey, it's not there! *thoroughly miffed* >:(

GTAIV for 30euros...woohoo
Episodes from Liberty City 30euros.

They're cheaper on disk :'(
freedom810 27th April 2010, 18:06 Quote
I like it actually, more stylish and modern.
flibblesan 27th April 2010, 18:12 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by ellism
Any one else have issues with the steam beta on Linux? It was unbearably slow for me.

As Linux is an unsupported operating system for Steam, it doesn't surprise me one bit that it's slower.
AKHandyman 27th April 2010, 18:59 Quote
What!? A new interface? I haven't even gotten used to the new one yet ... joking of course, but I am a bit behind the times. Gotta check it out though, see ya!
zimbloggy 27th April 2010, 19:37 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by GoodBytes
Quote:
Originally Posted by zimbloggy
All the hating is nothing new to any new UI. When company wants to change their UI, they just have to do it and ignore the haters and eventually people will get used to it and like it better. (facebookl

No, it's because people know that nothing will be done so they don't say anything any more.

I disagree. I think that people are initially resistant to any change in UI, mainly because they aren't used to it. Eventually, people will like it better, and get angry all over again when they update the UI again down the road. Same thing happens every single time they update facebook.
knuck 27th April 2010, 19:46 Quote
I don't like how slow it is..This really is the only issue I have with it. I know I will get use to the rest but the slowness of it is annoying as hell. I refuse to wait one tenth of a second every time I open it. The fade in/out is just bad
knowle rohrer 27th April 2010, 19:48 Quote
imo

seems fine, but then it seemed fine before. I just hope no time has been lost on hl ep3 to do this.

hell a small part of me says i hope no time has been lost on the development of cs(s)2

they have to do another one some day.... right
CowBlazed 27th April 2010, 19:51 Quote
The games/library tab will take a bit of getting used to, all together I think the changes are good though. Seems to be alot more responsive in all scenarios.
knuck 27th April 2010, 19:53 Quote
there's no way the people who work on games work on Steam. It's just two different worlds.

As for EP3, it's going to come before another CS, that's for sure, which means you will have to wait another long ass time before you get a new CS haha. Oh and don't expect the new (if ever there is one) CS to be similar to 1.6 and CSS... They can't afford to release such a bland game. They will most likely try to do something bigger, meaner à la CoD6/BC2

not that I agree, but they will

(all speculation)
knowle rohrer 27th April 2010, 20:02 Quote
lol tru i am just getting impatient

my only remaining hope for a new classic cs game is when they do a source2 we can get a css2

if they ever do a source2 that is
DragunovHUN 27th April 2010, 20:02 Quote
Oh, good, i can still pick my download server manually. That's a relief, the beta didn't seem to have that.
erratum1 27th April 2010, 22:39 Quote
I think it looks great, the old steam looked very windows xp. When your used to vista or 7 it just looked ugly. Even fraps got a facelift. The new look games library looks smart.
wuyanxu 28th April 2010, 01:00 Quote
looks fantastic. love the new non-intrusive chatting sound.

but game lists, grid and list seems pretty useless, detailed view is awesome though.
barndoor101 28th April 2010, 01:27 Quote
umm, it wont let me buy games.

bit of a deal breaker tbh
Votey 28th April 2010, 01:43 Quote
Okay, I got the new Steam client... WHERE ARE ALL MY GAMES?!?
Votey 28th April 2010, 01:58 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Votey
Okay, I got the new Steam client... WHERE ARE ALL MY GAMES?!?

Alright, I had to delete a .blob file and restart Steam for some reason. Real intuitive.
Outkastar 28th April 2010, 02:09 Quote
Is anyone else getting random disconnects from Steam now?
Star*Dagger 28th April 2010, 02:52 Quote
Awesome new UI and it banishes any form of IE from my computer, a reason to celebrate!!!

(I find the dour, sour puss Brit comments humorous, one of the reason I come to bit-tech)
Omnituens 28th April 2010, 12:09 Quote
My steam is still on the old UI, and hasn't forced me to update it yet.

I suspect that will finally change tonight, unless I'm lucky.
Xir 28th April 2010, 20:54 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Star*Dagger
Awesome new UI and it banishes any form of IE from my computer, a reason to celebrate!!!

(I find the dour, sour puss Brit comments humorous, one of the reason I come to bit-tech)
Still out of Plasma, I see :D
Quote:
My steam is still on the old UI, and hasn't forced me to update it yet.

I suspect that will finally change tonight, unless I'm lucky.
Click on the Steam Tab, then on "Check for Steam client updates"

That's what I had to do on one system.

Strange is, as long as only one computer was updated, steam told me that "i might not be playing with the last savegames...:?
But it doesn't SHARE savegames over multiple systems with one account?
azrael- 28th April 2010, 22:36 Quote
Ah well... Now the time has come for me as well. For some reason I'd been able to evade the "upgrade" until now, but no longer.

I see that the mini games list isn't quite as broken as it was when I tried the beta (reasonably late in the development stage, I might add).

The Friends list is still as horribly broken as it was in the beta, however. I'm seriously wondering how it made it through the QA process. If you want to see what I mean, just uncheck "Show Avatars". There's no distinction between the user name and the game played, making it pretty hard to read. I wanted to report this, but alas, my account on Steampowered.com, which I've had for years had been conveniently deleted or is otherwise MiA.
GravitySmacked 28th April 2010, 22:47 Quote
I tried the beta for a while and to be honest after the initial 'ooh shiny' I went back to the old style. New GUI installed and so far it's OK I guess.

I'm hoping it will grow on me.
1ad7 29th April 2010, 04:03 Quote
I like the new interface, I liked the old too, the new features make it amazing, love the new library and downloads and the Webkit browser is like a piece of heaven.
Xir 29th April 2010, 09:29 Quote
What browser?

Then again, I don't use all this "Friends!" "Community!" "Forums!" stuff, so maybe that's where the browser's hidden.
gavomatic57 29th April 2010, 09:35 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Xir
What browser?

Then again, I don't use all this "Friends!" "Community!" "Forums!" stuff, so maybe that's where the browser's hidden.

The store uses the browser. You can actually buy stuff through your browser if you were so inclined.
Xir 29th April 2010, 10:51 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by gavomatic57
The store uses the browser. You can actually buy stuff through your browser if you were so inclined.

Couldn't I before? I have anyway
azrael- 29th April 2010, 11:33 Quote
Valve previously embedded IE to browse HTML content from within the STEAM client. Now they're using the much superior WebKit engine.

Have to add that I never managed to buy any games from within STEAM, nor would I ever have wanted to (as if I'd ever trust IE with my credit card details).
humdrumian_monkey 29th April 2010, 12:23 Quote
About time... old steam ui is soooo old.
Xir 29th April 2010, 12:53 Quote
Haven't noticed before, don't notice now... Clicky-Buy
(although I'm personally happy they don't use IE anymore)
gavomatic57 29th April 2010, 13:06 Quote
For me the most important thing about the new UI is what is behind it - it opens the door for the Mac Steam client and rumour has it - a linux version. I'd give anything to not need Windows anymore.
impar 29th April 2010, 13:20 Quote
Greetings!
Quote:
Originally Posted by gavomatic57
I'd give anything to not need Windows anymore.
So... you would buy games in OS X or Ubuntu and play those games in 7?
:p
gavomatic57 29th April 2010, 13:49 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by impar
Greetings!

So... you would buy games in OS X or Ubuntu and play those games in 7?
:p

No, I'll buy those games in OSX or Ubuntu and play them in OSX or Ubuntu. 7 isn't getting anywhere near my PC again.
impar 29th April 2010, 19:41 Quote
Greetings!

If the game works on those OSes.

Well, the UI is slower and the headlines are now at the bottom instead of at the right.
gavomatic57 29th April 2010, 20:21 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by impar
Greetings!

If the game works on those OSes.

Well, the UI is slower and the headlines are now at the bottom instead of at the right.

The Valve games will, as the press release states Clicky

Once the store is there, it opens things up for other developers.
DragunovHUN 29th April 2010, 20:37 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by gavomatic57
I'd give anything to not need Windows anymore.

Well, you could give up your ability to play games. Then you wouldn't need Windows anymore.
gavomatic57 29th April 2010, 21:00 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by DragunovHUN
Well, you could give up your ability to play games. Then you wouldn't need Windows anymore.

This is true, unfortunately. Not willing to do that just yet. I'll keep going until they kill Vista off, or replace 7 with something that is actually good.
maximus09 30th April 2010, 11:59 Quote
When my Steam updated by itself, I got "Fatal Error: Program failed to load modules"!! Great update!! There are solutions on steam forums as it seems it is a corrupt file problem, but its not a good start to the update; not even being able to start steam!
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