Steam adds new feature to let you tag games you've already played on other platforms

Written by Jon Sutton on Thu, Aug 15, 2019 2:06 PM
System Requirements Optimum 1080p PC Build Low vs Ultra Screenshots GPU Performance Chart CPU List That Meet System Requirements GPU List That Meet System Requirements

In a nice nod to those of us who are occasionally unfaithful to our beloved PCs, Valve has pushed a new change for Steam which allows users to mark games they’ve already played on other platforms.

“We shipped another change based on feedback and player requests,” wrote Alden Kroll, product designer at Valve. “The plan is to feed the new 'played on other platforms' data into new recommendation engines.”

Through the current system, you can assign various options to games through either their Steam game page or the Steam Discovery Queue. Each can either be wishlisted, followed, or ignored. Valve then uses this data to help understand which games to surface for you going forward.

Complications arise when you come along a beloved game in your discovery queue which you’ve already played on a console. There’s no point wishlisting it for most people as you’ve already played it, and ignoring the game and removing it from your recommendations affects which future recommendations are given to you. Basically, if you tell Steam to ignore a game you played and loved already on PS4, you were telling Steam you don’t like that game. 

Under the new system, Ignore has been split into two options - ‘Ignore This’ and ‘Played on Another Platform’. ‘Ignore This’ hides the game from your storefront, ignores any notifications, and it won’t use this game to generate other recommendations. ‘Played on Another Platform’ hides the game from your storefront yet it will still be used to generate further recommendations.

It’s a small but simple change that should prove really helpful to folks who split their gaming across multiple systems.

Login or Register to join the debate

Rep
1
Offline
14:42 Aug-19-2019

This could also be used for Steam to work out if its actually worthwhile getting exclusives or not - as it does seem a bit of a coincident to implement this when Epic are getting so many exclusives nowadays.

0
Rep
45
Offline
admin approved badge
20:50 Aug-15-2019

Simple but a nice addition. Now if I can actually be brave enough to play games on another platform I'll use this.

2
Rep
6
Offline
15:34 Aug-15-2019

That's actually really cool. The amount of times I've been recommended the Witcher 3 (probably my fave game of all time) is crazy. It's a small quality of life change but a welcome one.

6
Rep
70
Offline
14:52 Aug-15-2019

I wish you could somehow add the hours you played on other games to Steam. I know you can add a non steam game, but it doesn't register the hours, and doesn't show it in your public games page.


For instance i played a lot of GTA 5, but not through Steam, so all my steam friends can't see i played it this much.

5
Rep
5
Offline
17:30 Aug-15-2019

Why does it matter and why would you care though?

1
Rep
70
Offline
17:56 Aug-15-2019

Because people keep asking me on Steam about games that i do in fact play, but on different platforms. Even going as far as getting gifts for games i already own.


Plus it's nice for me and me friends to see a complete list of games with the amount of hours played.

2
Rep
23
Offline
19:26 Aug-15-2019

you could try gog galaxy

1
Rep
23
Offline
14:43 Aug-15-2019

here we clearly see Valve embracing fair competitiveness and try to provide users with more Tools to improve the overall quality of their experience while on the other hand Epic are trying to close down the market into one single forced monopoly

16

Can They Run... |

| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Ryzen 7 5800H 8-Core 3.2GHz GeForce RTX 3060 Mobile 16GB
| 30FPS, Low, 1080p
Core i5-8400 6-Core 2.8GHz GeForce GTX 1050 8GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
Core i5-4460 3.2GHz GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Gigabyte OC 4GB 16GB
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Ryzen 7 5800H 8-Core 3.2GHz GeForce RTX 3060 Mobile 16GB
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Ryzen 7 5800H 8-Core 3.2GHz GeForce RTX 3060 Mobile 16GB