Oooo, Shiny: Valve Releases New Steam Client

Nathan Grayson

Don’t get us wrong: Steam’s a wonderful platform built on a rock-solid foundation of functionality and excellent deals. We wouldn’t trade that for the world. But we’re also incredibly vain people, and we have to admit that – for a while there – we had to imagine other game platforms when we were in bed with Steam. Playing games. On our laptops.

Now, though, everything’s shiny and new again . Valve’s completely overhauled Steam, upping the platform’s geek chic factor with a brand new coat of paint. On top of that, the new Steam brings with it a slew of new features, which Valve has handily outlined here . The long and short of it, however, is this: a revamped friends list, a customizable news feed, a more functional achievement system, and a games library that you don’t need a GPS to navigate.

So then, if you haven’t done it already, make with the downloading. Well, unless you’re a Mac user. Then, according to Valve, you’ll be playing the waiting game for a bit longer. “Soon” is the official word. Let’s be honest, though: you’ve already waited for years. What’s another month or two?

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