Steam Beta Branch Sports Updated Download Screen, New Storage Manager Menu

Valve promised that thanks to the Steam Deck, players can expect some changes to the UI for the PC games launcher. In particular, the UI for Steam Big Picture Mode, designed to emulate a console-like experience when playing on big-screen TVs, will be replaced entirely with the new Steam Deck UI.

But that’s not all, apparently. As spotted by Eurogamer, it looks like Valve will be overhauling the Steam UI outside of Steam Big Picture as well. A few changes to the interface has been spotted on the beta branch.

The most visible and accessible change is the download screen. The UI is updated to look more in line with what we’ve seen of the Steam Deck user experience is, though it’s functionally similar to the current version.

A look into the Steam Beta Client patch notes for July 29 reveals the more subtle changes to the download screen. This includes the following:

  • A minimal and more focused design with stronger CTAs (Calls to Action)
  • Game keyart/logo featured in the header for whichever game is actively downloading
  • More accessible color palette for the visually impaired
  • When a game/update is actively downloading it will now display the total progression completed for the download or update. Previously the progress bar would only display the downloading content progress but not the disk allocation process which would make an update to appear completed when it was not.
  • Any partially completed downloads/updates in queue now will show a faded progress bar and percent completed next to it to clearly display its current state.

However, the big change that was spotted is in the Steam library folders option, tucked in the settings menu under Downloads. Instead of a location to specify where your PC games should be downloaded and installed, it’s now a full-blown Storage Manager menu.

The Storage Manager menu shows all your allocated install drives, shows how much space is available on your drives, and how much is being gobbled up by games, DLC and other files not related to Steam.

While PC power users should already have their own methods on how to discern how much space the games on Steam (or any launcher) is taking up their hard disk space, this is a much intuitive way for most players to easily see this important information, like any game consoles come default with these days.

It’s unfortunately buried in way too many menus for it to be immediately used by most users, but that’s probably why it’s still in the beta branch.

Whatever your opinion of the handheld PC that is the Steam Deck, at the very least it has got Valve to improve the UI aspects of the Steam client.

via Eurogamer

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