Popped on to my PC and met with an uncommon surprise. Steam had updated itself and unlike how it normally updates, it was actually noticeable. This update carried with it some cosmetic changes and a few technical ones. From what I have noticed so far the feel of the application is the same and everything is where it usually is/was. What I was most curious about upon noticing a visual change in the appearance of the application is the potential of a proper update to big picture mode. I have found this mode to be quite useful when responding to messages during games and stuff, but then whenever I needed to check my achievements or other aspects of regular steam use it would resort to what I will describe as a pathetic excuse for a browser. To my disbelief this is still so. They have not upgraded big picture mode in any way that I can notice, other than the basic cosmetic upgrades. I was hoping that they would add the ability to select the drive that the games you install from this mode go to, but that has also remained the same. The fonts in some places have seemed to be updated, but very little will be noticed unless you check the steam client update notifications.
This is the full break down of all the updates taken from Steams site:
- Updated desktop user interface styles, simplifying common controls and navigation elements, and neutralizing overall color palette to align with Steam web pages and Big Picture mode
- Major update of embedded web browser to increase performance, reliability, and to bring in various security fixes and functionality updates
- Work around to prevent duplicate key presses in some cases for games running inside Adobe AIR
- Don’t delay content updates for games set to high priority
- Fixed in-game progress indicators for workshop downloads displaying incorrect percentages for compressed files
- Fixed mods and shortcuts not displaying their names correctly in the friends interface and server browser
- Games can now be assigned to more than one category at a time
- Add “Hide this game in my library” functionality, accessible from the Set Categories menu. Games that are hidden will not show up in library filters except for a new filter called “Hidden”, which will only appear once at least one game is marked as hidden. Hidden games are still available for play and will still appear on the user’s profile.
- Add an “Uncategorized” filter in desktop library filter drop downs. This will appear when a user has at least one game in a category and at least one game that has no categories.
- In desktop library details, list, and small views, games can be multiply selected using shift-click and control-click and certain operations can be performed on the group
- Added install option to context menu for multiple selections
- When filtering by favorites or by owner, display only a single section instead of all the sections that the games are in.
- When adding a new category, scroll the category list to the bottom so we can see the category that was just added
- Added by-category filter options to the filter drop downs in all library views
- When switching between library views, remember the category of the game selected and retain it when possible
- In list view with game images selected, display the image on all instances of the game instead of only one
- Eliminate extraneous “Favorite” category when favorites are added from Set Categories instead of Add to Favorites
- Make type-to-search properly expand categories in list view. Better synchronize type to search between library views.
- Remove user categories from navigation bar hover menu. They are still available in the game filters drop-down in the library views.
- Add context menu to category headers in library views, containing “Expand All” and “Collapse All”, and, in details/mini view, “Show/Hide Icons”
- Improve category collapse state synchronization between library views.
- Don’t show hover effect on list items when a context menu is visible
- Add glow effect on hover to 2′ library game filter button
- Retain selections when switching filters whenever possible
- Retain multiple selections when switching between details and list view
- Synchronize selection between main window library views and Small Mode.
Mac OS X
- This update ends support for Mac OS X 10.5
- Updated Big Picture to make use of the Spaces feature for full-screen mode
- On 10.9 and above ask the OS to prompt for Accessibility access to enable the overlay
- Updated Steam Runtime with support for newer compilers
- Added support for entering custom network settings in Big Picture
- Fixed audio being lost when alt-tabbing
- Fixed crash when doing a voice chat if you did not have a network connection
- Fixed launching SteamVR games
- Updated various visual styles across Big Picture including focus treatments
- Limit daisy wheel input to numeric entries where appropriate
- Improved gamepad navigation through checkout
- Fixed custom icons for streaming non-Steam games
- Fixed crash when enabling parental controls
- Fixed scroll bars disappearing on some EULA pages after scrolling to the left
- Fixed daisy wheel adding multiple periods after pressing space twice to end a sentence
- Fixed automatic capitalization getting stuck enabled in daisy wheel
- Fixed a bug preventing the user from changing payment methods if their stored credit card has expired
- Fixed crash on launching Big Picture if your PC has no sound card (or it is disabled)
- Fixed crash on game launch if you mashed the A button
- Added support for NVIDIA hardware encoding for D3D9+ games on GeForce 650+ cards and the latest NVIDIA drivers. You can enable this by turning on hardware encoding in the advanced options on the host computer.
- Reset hardware encoding setting to default off, to minimize surprises now that NVIDIA encoding is available
- Added hardware accelerated decoding for Mac OS X 10.9 and 10.10
- Reset hardware decoding setting to default on for Windows and Linux, and default off for Mac OS X
- Improved software decoding performance for clients with multiple CPU cores
- Disabled vsync while streaming for a smoother capture framerate
- Fixed being able to scroll the right and bottom edges of a map in certain resolutions
- Fixed Steam crash streaming from a host with an i5-3450 CPU
- Fixed games detecting both local and streaming controllers; streaming controllers take precedence if they are connected.
- Fixed streaming games from Steam when it has been put in Windows XP compatibility mode
- Made it more clear that unlimited bandwidth increases latency and is not recommended