Valve Releases Steam Discovery Update

Valve Releases Steam Discovery Update

Valve is giving Steam a big update, partially in the GUI department but also with a greatly altered recommendation system. Instead of being greeted with a home screen rotating through new releases and sales you’ll see games chosen based on several factors including games that are currently popular and games similar to those in your play history. Is it more targeted marketing? It seems that way, but it’s beneficial for everyone involved; hopefully users will see more of what they’re interested in and less of what they’re not.

From Valve’s press release:

In the past nine months, Steam has added over 1,300 new titles and grown to over 100 million active accounts. Designed to meet the demands of this growth, the Steam Discovery Update delivers a smarter Home page, offering recommendations based on past purchases, recent playtime, and recommendations by friends.

“We have made great efforts to increase the number of titles we can publish on Steam, which means more choices for customers,” said Valve UI designer Alden Kroll. “This update introduces multiple features and functionality to help customers explore Steam’s growing catalog and find the games they are most interested in playing.”

Another major component of the new recommendation system is the ability for a user to become a “curator” and host their own evolving list of recommendations. Maybe you have a Steam friend with similar taste or you want to see recommendations from your favorite gaming website, those are ideal candidates for the curator system. Again, allowing you to see more of what’s on Steam that might be of interest to you. With the advent of the greenlight system and with indie developers being in vogue there is certainly no end to new releases and it can be hard to filter through it all.

Check out Metal Arcade’s Steam Curator page here: http://steamcommunity.com/groups/MetalArcade#curation

Link to more info from Valve below:

http://store.steampowered.com/about/newstore

Valve Steam Discovery Update Press Release

Redesigned Steam Home Page Brings Recommendations, Curators, and Customization to the Forefront

September 22, 2014 – Valve today launched the Steam Discovery Update, which introduces new functionality and features designed to optimize the Steam shopping experience as the number of new titles on Steam increases.

In the past nine months, Steam has added over 1,300 new titles and grown to over 100 million active accounts. Designed to meet the demands of this growth, the Steam Discovery Update delivers a smarter Home page, offering recommendations based on past purchases, recent playtime, and recommendations by friends.

Steam Search has also been updated with extremely detailed filters. And a new feature called Curators allows anyone to become a taste maker and build a following.

“We have made great efforts to increase the number of titles we can publish on Steam, which means more choices for customers,” said Alden Kroll of Valve. “This update introduces multiple features and functionality to help customers explore Steam’s growing catalog and find the games they are most interested in playing.”

Steam is a leading online platform for PC, Mac, and Linux software, games and digital entertainment with over 3,700 titles and 100 million active accounts. It is the product of Valve, creators of game technologies (Source, Steam) and numerous best-selling game franchises (Counter-Strike, Dota 2, Half-Life, Portal, and Team Fortress).

For more information and to see your own personalized store, please visit www.steampowered.comand sign in.

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