Steam Beta Client Update Allows Users To Hide Games And Tweaks Steam UI

Written by Jon Sutton on Fri, Aug 8, 2014 2:00 PM
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Haunted by Petz Horsez 2? Embarrassed by Drunken Robot Pornography? Worried what mum thinks of Mount Your Friends? Help is luckily at hand in the latest Steam update to its beta client, allowing gamers to shuffle unwanted gaming niknaks into a forgotten corner of your Steam library.

As any decent psychologist will tell you, shutting away your fears and embarrassments will solve all your woes, so now you can pick up that copy of Sakura Spirit and convince yourself you haven’t. That's not Valve's only trick though, with a host of other changes tweaking the appearance of its Steam UI.

The latest update adds the hidden option in the ‘Set Categories’ menu when you right click on a game in your library, allowing you to funnel it away into the all-new hidden section. You can still access it if needs be, but out of sight, out of mind and all that. Those prone to picking up guilty pleasures will be disappointed all you Steam buddies will still be able to see you snapping up copies of Leisure Suit Larry with gleeful abandon in your activity feed though, but at least they won't catching you sniggering at fart jokes.

Elsewhere the update also tidies up the UI, simplifying the controls and navigation elements and changing the colour palette to match Big Picture mode and the Steam web store pages.

Steam Beta Client Update Notes

Steam Client

  • Updated desktop user interface styles, simplifying common controls and navigation elements, and neutralizing overall color palette to align with Steam web pages and Big Picture mode
  • Don't delay content updates for games set to high priority
  • Fixed crash if you clicked on a game on the downloads page or clicked the details option in the games grid view

Library

  • Add "Hide this game in my library" functionality, accessible from the Set Categories menu. Games that are hidden will not show up in library filters except for a new filter called "Hidden", which will only appear once at least one game is marked as hidden. Hidden games are still available for play and will still appear on the user's profile.
  • Synchronize selection between main window library views and Small Mode.
  • Fix game details panel scrolling to the top during game download/update
  • Fix crash when switching from downloads or grid view to details view

In-Home Streaming

  • Added hardware accelerated decoding for Mac OS X 10.9 and newer
  • Implemented periodic refresh to help repair screen smearing issue with NVIDIA hardware accelerated encoding
  • Fixed race condition that could cause streaming connections to fail to connect with a timeout notification

Windows

  • Removed a noisy log message from GameOverlayRenderer.log

Mac OS X

  • Fixed web views not restarting if the underlying helper app crashed

To gain access to these features now you'll need to be signed up to the Steam beta client. To do this sign in to your Steam account and click 'Steam' in the upper-left of the application, before clicking 'Settings.' In the main 'Account' section there is an optional drop-down box to participate in the Steam Beta. You'll have to log out and download an update before logging in again. Any embarrassing or annoying games you're keen to hide? What other useful features would you like to see added to Steam? Let us know!

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04:14 Aug-10-2014

For me it is not so much hiding 'shameful games', as just making it easier to browse through the ones I might actually want to play again. when you get into 200+ titles it just looks like a mess.

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19:22 Aug-08-2014

Sadly , it's still impossible to hide games in our profile in the community

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16:24 Aug-08-2014

I love the new UI :D

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14:48 Aug-08-2014

"but at least they won't catching you s****ing at fart jokes." Snickering :D kthnxbye your welcome

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14:26 Aug-08-2014

looks like steam is taking a leaf out of origins book.

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14:10 Aug-08-2014

I've never liked the default skin, so I've always used custom ones, I think they're much better looking.

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14:11 Aug-08-2014

I'd still like the ability to keep free-to-play games in your library after you've uninstalled them, rather than having to go back to the store page. It'd make sense for them to add that feature since they've been working on the library quite a bit.

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18:05 Aug-08-2014

+1 yes, agreed

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14:07 Aug-08-2014

What is that?
I'll sue you, Steam, bring back the old icon.
#icon #riot #neverforgettheoldicon #ihatebigpicture


Okay I went too far, but still :3

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05:04 Aug-09-2014

ヽ༼ຈل͜ຈ༽ノ BRING BACK OLD ICON or RIOTヽ༼ຈل͜ຈ༽ノ

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14:03 Aug-08-2014

finally, I can hide Medal of Honor. :D

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14:05 Aug-08-2014

and useless betas too :D

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