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Steam adds 'Recently Updated' section to organize game updates

David Hinkle, @davehinkle
February 7, 2014
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Valve has added a new space to the front page of Steam, in the hopes of offering a better at-a-glance view of recently updated games.

The Recently Updated section not only highlights patched games, but those that have just received DLC or new features entirely. Developers can choose when their update is highlighted in this section, thanks to new developer tools available alongside the Recently Updated portal's roll-out. This is an especially useful feature for constantly-changing Early Access games and mitigates the need to hunt down patch notes on developer sites or in the Steam Community forums. There's even a page to specifically list updates for your Steam library.

Last year, Valve announced plans to better integrate Steam into the living room. This initiative includes custom plug-and-play Steam Machines, built by third-party manufacturers, running on a custom version of Linux called SteamOS. Each Steam box also ships with Valve's own Steam Controller.
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STEAM EXTENDS DISCOVERABILITY OPTIONS

Provides Developer-Driven Visibility For Major Game Updates

February 7, 2014 - Valve today launched a "Recently Updated" section on Steam that highlights titles offering new and interesting updates, features, and/or content additions.

Designed to give developers more ways to communicate with gamers about their products on Steam, this public release was matched with a tools release that lets developers elect when to add their update to this product area and what to say about the contents of their latest update.

"The more options developers have for communicating about their products the better it is for everyone," says Tom Bui of Valve. "With this new product section and corresponding developer tools, customers can more easily discover products that provide ongoing value and involvement from the developers."

Additionally, a new page in Steam lets customers easily browse through recent updates to titles they have purchased or activated on Steam.













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