Up For Debate - What Great Features Is Steam Missing?

Written by Jon Sutton on Sat, Sep 17, 2016 4:00 PM

Steam’s great at doing what it does, but what it does is actually kind of limited. At its core it’s just a digital storefront where you can buy, download and play games. Chat to your friends. But there’s heaps and heaps it doesn’t yet do, or doesn’t do quite right. But imagine if you had a direct line to Gabe himself and you could change anything you wanted about Steam.

One of the biggest bugbears has to be the naming system. Steam users are free to change their handle whenever they wish, with a URL for their profile if they want to share their details. Actually looking for someone via their Steam handle never works though. Literally. You just have a clunky URL loaded with numbers. Make it easier to find your friends Valve.

Also, I’m a big fan of convenience, particularly when it comes to gaming. I view it as pure entertainment, and the more work I have to put into it, the more it’s failed. Which is why I’d love the console party and voice chat system to make it over to Steam. It saves fiddling around with TeamSpeak and the like, and having to share even more usernames and open up even more programs. A nice, quick, easy way to invite five or six friends into a single group and automatically hop into servers together or just chat while you’re playing different games. On PS4 I find this feature incredibly slick and it works so much better than a per game party system.

I don’t want to name too many as I’m more interested in yours, but one final thing which I’d love to see is patch rollbacks. On GOG Galaxy you can revert back to any version of a game. So if an update breaks a game you can basically de-patch and run an older version. It’s a great failsafe in case users run into any compatibility issues.

So if you could ask Gabe himself for some new Steam features or changes, what would you like to see? Is there anything else that you reckon other PC game clients do better?

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07:43 Sep-24-2016

Option to turn off automatic updates (for both games and client)

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19:47 Sep-19-2016

Steam already has a voice chat feature! In the normal Steam chat window, the first option in the drop down menu in the top right is "Start voice chat". Yeah it's pretty lame and really could use an overhaul, but it does exist, and it does work! (usually) ;)

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10:06 Sep-26-2016

Doh, so there is, I'd never spotted that before >&#60

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22:15 Sep-26-2016

Haha, yeah it is a little hidden :P

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16:55 Sep-19-2016

shutdown after download completed is what will make steam great again!

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06:52 Sep-19-2016

I have my desktop and a crappy laptop that I like to game on the go with. The problem is it's annoying to have to look on every store page for all of my 300 games to find out if my laptop can run it. Basically I would like a list or something sorted by how hard the game is to run and if you computer can actually run it.

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00:55 Sep-27-2016

...You mean kinda like this website?

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21:03 Sep-18-2016

Trading of old games for newer ones, Gifting owned games to friends.

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15:12 Sep-18-2016

being able to download games without the dlc

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17:37 Sep-18-2016

Umm... I think that's there.

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01:23 Sep-19-2016

I think he means without DRM.

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13:56 Sep-18-2016

You can roll back patches in Europa universalis IV on steam, so the option is there. The only problem is that most games don't use the option.


I would love if steam would tell you if you can or can not run a game based on your hardware. They have your hardware data already anyway.

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12:15 Sep-18-2016

Long story short: More sorting options for both your library and the store.
Hide already purchased games, sort by specific genres with accurate results
And be able to search your library by genres as well.

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13:02 Sep-18-2016

Yeah! That's everything we need!

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11:50 Sep-18-2016

I am just gonna say it....


Everybody hates Origin and prefer Steam over it...


So far Origin had better user interface, replace 2 games for me for free (Bad company 2 and Dead space 2) instant chat support and all...


After 5 years at Steam, still dont know how to get support from them

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11:12 Sep-18-2016

what about updating games...even when you logout. as AN OPTION. or you can set a specific time to update. i've been thinkin about that... is there any downside to that guys? i wanna know... so curious =3

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17:16 Sep-19-2016

There already is

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00:13 Sep-18-2016

Stop showing me games that I already own in the store. I am there to buy something I don't have.


Stop showing movies for sale with games. If I want to watch a movie on Steam, I will let you know.


Also the ability to downvote forum topics. Steam discussions are a wasteland. Some games boards are nothing but off topic posts and troll bait.

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07:54 Sep-18-2016

If you hover your cursor over the sections on the storefront and click on customize, you can turn off it showing games you already own and movies.

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12:18 Sep-18-2016

Sadly this only seems to work for the "Featured Items" page. We're talking about the entire store.

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09:37 Sep-18-2016

I think the show owned games is pretty good, then you can tell your friends to buy that game with discount and play co-op or multiplayer for example.

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23:31 Sep-17-2016

Game Recording - They have streaming they now need an option to record games. I use Mirillis Action and I used to use GDR and Shadowplay when I had my 970 on my other system ( Work computer ), I just didn't like both GDR and Shadowplay. I would like STEAM to add a free game recording software, would be nice.


Steam Overlay - Ability to make FPS indicator bigger and Ability to show CPU/GPU/RAM % and Temps would be nice

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23:32 Sep-17-2016

I wouldn't need the record option, but it'd be useful for ppl. As for the overlay... hell yeah. I'd really love that

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23:30 Sep-17-2016

The only thing that should be changed is probably the settings of the client it self being synced over to the cloud with everything else. It's annoying when you share an account on multiple PC's and you want to disable save game sync on one PC and turn it on on the other. Origin has the same **** figured out.

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23:13 Sep-17-2016

Steam won't let me play even single player games without updating the game even in offline mode.I can play witcher 3 on gog without updating but steam won't let me play without updating and every time i update most of my mods stop working.

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07:32 Sep-18-2016

I also don't like it when Steam updates a game and when I try playing other games, it pauses the update. Why can't it update in the background?

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07:51 Sep-18-2016

Just enable downloads during gameplay from steam's settings menu.

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23:01 Sep-17-2016

a way to connect to console gamers thts really all for me

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23:05 Sep-17-2016

Consoles gamer's would disagree because they will always think we have the biggest advantage on them.

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23:26 Sep-17-2016

Well AMEN to that.

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23:38 Sep-17-2016

Well, it's true in most cases.

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08:38 Sep-18-2016

what the people above me said, and this also isn´t up to steam/valve but op to the developers of the games to enable cross platform multiplayers, steam has nothing to do with that.

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21:50 Sep-17-2016

Hey guys, is there anyway to make a console-like audio chat system? Like, making chat audio come through the mic and normal, in-game sounds through your TV? Do you need another sound card on your mobo? Can anyone please link me to a guide? I've searched but no real answers have come up. Some say it's impossible, some say you need software, and others say you need hardware.

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21:50 Sep-17-2016

The i am not forced to use it feature.Also don't check for updates a billion times.Sorry had to say it.

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21:47 Sep-17-2016

Clunky URL's?!? ... but... but you can change your profile url. My steam URL is same as my steam name, no numbers involved

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21:29 Sep-17-2016

Actual ownership of games, playing games without the client, better prices in south-eastern Europe (the prices shouldn't be like on the west but like in Russia), optimisation of the client and HL3, Portal 3, L4D3, DoD3 and Ricochet 2.

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21:19 Sep-17-2016

Better community in CSGO...

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23:25 Sep-17-2016

Not sure if Steam has anything to do with that buddy ;)

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12:49 Sep-18-2016

It has, people are getting reported for abusing voice/text chat and they have no consequences...

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