Steam is trying to fight its way back to more profits as its game sales are on the decline. To help turn the tide, the Steam Library has been updated with a new beta that is available for anyone to download and try. Valve says that the new library home gives users quicker access to game updates, recently played games, friends’ activity, and collections. The new library beta makes updates and events easier to find with a click on an event taking users to all recent updates for that game.
A new “Recent” shelf lets gamers pickup with the game they were last playing, and highlights games that were purchased recently. A large green button allows players to jump back into the action with a press. A friends’ activity section enables users to see what friends have been up to and what games they are playing currently. One of the goals of that feature is to make it so that if friends are playing a game users don’t have, that game is easier to find and buy.
The beta library also allows users to customize the home page however they want. The customization can highlight favorite collections or show all games; the user can choose. New game pages put everything for games in one place. Steam puts everything from the developer to friends and the community for a game in a single place to make it easier to keep up with what’s happening.