The Steam Download Page Is Now More Informative

Some might ask after seeing this how is the Steam Download Page Is Now More Informative, well follow me on this article and get the details. Valve just released a big update for steam that offers some minor but significant tweaks to the digital game store.

The Steam Download Page Is Now More Informative

Many of these changes are months available in beta, but now they are reaching the stable release channel of the software. The update overhauls the download page and introduces a much-improved section for managing your storage, in addition to a host of other tweaks and fixes.

The storage management section of Steam has also been improved to make it easier to see your available storage space and move games between drives. You can get there by going to Settings, Downloads, and then clicking on “Steam Library Folders”.

The Steam Download Page Is Now More Informative

Some of these improvements on the steam download page is that the page not only shows the progress of the download but also the progress of the installation. It should reduce those frustrating moments when a game appears to be fully downloaded but can’t be played because it isn’t fully installed yet.

The priority of queued downloads can now be easily rearranged by dragging and dropping them, and the interface looks a lot cleaner overall. The “View News” button has been renamed “Patch Notes”, to make it easier to find what’s changed in an update currently being downloaded, as long as developers have provided that information.

Those are the main improvements, but there are plenty of other tweaks and fixes in the update, which should now be available to all users.

New Downloads Page

The downloads page in the Steam client has been replaced with a new implementation and has been visually redesigned for clarity and ease of use. They are listed in a well-detailed manner below;

  • When a game/update is actively downloading it will now display the total progression completed for the download or update. Previously the progress bar would only display the downloading content progress but not the disk allocation process which would make an update appear completed when it was not.
  • Any partially completed downloads/updates in queue now will show a faded progress bar and percent completed next to it to clearly display its current state.
  • A new (i) icon next to the game’s title will reveal a tooltip displaying the types of content that is included in that update. Types consist of Game Content, Downloadable Content, Workshop Content, and Shader Pre-caching. This icon only appears if the update is not solely game content.
  • The download queue is now fully reorderable using drag and drop.
  • The context menu for the actively downloading item now includes an option to launch the game when the download is complete and an option to suspend download throttling (if enabled) for the duration of that download.
  • The “View News” button is now a “Patch Notes” link that will open an overlay to the most recent relevant patch notes for the game. This will only display for games that have entered patch notes into the new event system. The patch notes link will only show up on updates, not fresh installs. For workshop updates, a page of subscribed items ordered by update date can be accessed by selecting “View Updated Items” from the context menu.

You can get more about the updates from steam as there are many more.


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