Online service Steam has released the Beta for their upcoming community update. The first 50,000 people who happened to earn the ’Pillar of the Steam Community’ badge will have access to the Beta, with the participants allowed to invite one of their fellow humans to enjoy the ride. ”Beta access will increase incrementally until the public launch,” said developer Valve.
“The update will look to highlight and enable the best user-created screenshots, videos, and Workshop items for games across Steam while making it easier for the community to discuss their favorite games”, said Valve recently.
Some of the new features included in the update will be:
Game Hubs – Every game on Steam now has a Game Hub, which provides a quick way for users to browse the best of a variety of content as rated by the community at large. Each Game Hub also includes a game-specific discussion area where players can talk about their favorite Steam games.
Group Updates – Player-created groups have been redesigned so it’s now easier to see what a group is all about and who is participating in it. Groups now also include public and private discussion areas where they can remain in touch with their own communities.
My Content Updates – The content you’ve created now lives in one central place with new viewing options including an “image wall” layout that showcases your top-rated content. Also new is the ability to mark screenshots, videos, and workshop items as Favorites to save or share with friends.
Friend Activity – The new feed makes it easy to view, rate, and comment on the content and activities of your friends in a visually rich and interactive presentation. Players can also broadcast game-specific status updates to start a conversation with their friends, directly in the activity feed.
Plenty of new trinkets for users of the service to indulge in then, if you are one of the lucky badge owners who have access, let us know in the comment section below if the new update makes the service better or worse, or even head over to our Facebook Page and discuss it there.