Steam has officially rolled its music player out of beta access and into the full release of its gaming platform and store. The player is built into the client, and it can access your MP3s and the soundtracks you’ve purchased on Steam.
Here’s how the official site outlines what’s good about the updated feature.
Point Steam to the MP3s on your computer, then browse your collection of albums and artists. You’ll also find your Steam Soundtracks DLC in your Steam Music library when the associated base game is installed. Listen to albums, queue up mixes, and create playlists you love, right in your Steam library. Best of all, it’s all available right within the Steam Overlay, so you can control playback without leaving your game.
Now, not to poo poo the feature too hard for those who are excited to use it, but I have to wonder why this is a big deal. I mean, it’s nice to be able to control music from my Steam overlay, but I’ve been doing just fine with Spotify running behind my games for at least a year now.
Is this something you’d genuinely use? Personally, I don’t think I will. Am I being shortsighted on this one? It seems like a neat perk, not a full-blown feature.