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Steam Beta Client Gets Visual Upgrade and Game Hiding

by Eric Frederiksen | August 8, 2014August 8, 2014 1:30 pm PST


While the Steam marketplace is massively popular and the service is the undisputed king when compared to Origin and others, the Steam client is another story. The service has gotten consistently clunkier and more difficult to use.

As people’s libraries have grown with each Steam sale, the lists have gotten harder to manage, with some people gathering hordes of  hundreds of cheap games they’ll never play.

It looks like Valve is starting to make some changes to the client.

As noted by Kotaku, a few changes hit the Steam Beta Client. The interface looks a bit better, though not terribly different. The real show-stealer here is one you might not notice if you don’t know to look for it: You can hide games.

To do so, select a game (or range of games) and right click on it. Click Set Categories and check the box that says “Hide this game in my library.” Poof – the eight different Half-Life deathmatches and expansions are out of sight, along with that copy of Putt-Putt Goes to the Moon you bought to relive your childhood and are now embarrassed to have listed. You can view the hidden games by going to your library, clicking Games, and clicking Hidden. The ability to select multiple games at once with Shift and CTRL keys is also new, apparently.

This should make libraries easier to manage and keep those regrettable purchases out of sight and out of mind.

If you aren’t already in the beta and wish you could update your Steam client sometimes multiple times per day, go to the Steam menu, go to the Account menu, and set Beta Participation to Steam Beta Update. Otherwise, look forward to this feature hitting Steam proper before too long.


Eric Frederiksen

Eric Frederiksen has been a gamer since someone made the mistake of letting him play their Nintendo many years ago, pushing him to beg for his own,...