Steam is expanding its service offering again. Valve has been testing the news hub feature since March 2020, and it is now official for all users integrated in the client. This enables access to an automatically generated personalized newsfeed. The old news page will be put aside.
What does the news hub offer?
News about your favorite games: By default, Steam always provides you with the latest information in the News Hub on all titles that you play, have on your wish list, whose Steam page you follow, or which have been suggested by Valve.
Adjustments possible: If you want, you can adapt this feed more to your own needs. For example, you can follow some of the biggest news sites directly in Steam. And not only in English, but also in Europe.
We are also on board: GameStar has been a successful curator on the go on Steam. Whoever follows us can all important news reports (for example how expensive it would be to buy all Steam games) directly into your own feed.
This is how you use the Fature
You can easily find the new hub with a simple click directly on the Steam store page. To do this, simply click on the button at the top with the “News” is labeled. You will then be taken straight to the new feature and can immediately start browsing the latest news.
So you add GameStar: To follow us in the Newshub, just look for “GameStar” on the left. Thank you, our curator. Click on this. In the newly opened subpage you simply check the box next to “Follow”.
Deactivates certain news sources: If you no longer want to see certain news, you can simply deactivate them. To do this, click on the three points at the bottom right of the news from the respective source. This will give you new options, such as mute news about that particular game.
Are there any more new features?
Valve regularly tests new features for Steam as part of Steam Labs. There are currently three more experiments running not yet published were. However, other experiments were discontinued. For the one-year anniversary of the Labs in July 2020, the Steam operator gave an overview of the previous services of Labs.
What is still in the works?
Microtrailer: The microtrailers were Steam’s first experiment. In contrast to other features, Valve has not discarded them, but has not yet integrated them into the client. They should automatically create a short video that introduces you to a game.
Advanced searches: Valve is working to make Steam’s keyword search smarter by manually setting numerous dependencies. The experiment has been running since April 21, 2020.
Simplified browsing: Steam wants to create new access to game search. To do this, they are currently testing new filter options on the store page, thanks to which you can, for example, search for specific game settings or game modes. This is the latest experiment. It started on December 10, 2020.
Steam is therefore regularly developing its shop and adding additional functions, which should keep the future of the service exciting.