Steam’s redesigned download and storage management pages roll out of beta

Earlier this year, Valve began testing new download and storage management pages for the Steam client, continuing to regularly release revisions for specific features. Now the changes have been deemed worthy of being released from beta, with all Steam users having access to them.

The biggest change is the new downloads page, which completely removes the old design. Now users check the disk allocation process as well as the download speed and the amount of disk space used for an update against the compressed files downloaded from the servers.

Instead of playing with the old ‘Send to Top’ button, the download queue now supports drag and drop for easy rearrangement. Customer will also notify users of the exact type of download provided, from in-game content and DLCs to Workshop mods and Shader Caching data. Although small, a Clear All button to clear completed downloads and, if the information is available, even a Release Notes button for quick access to the change logs of updates is also present.

Steam storage manager revamped

Meanwhile, the storage management window has also undergone a complete overhaul, making the processes of adding new Steam library folders and transferring games between players clearer. Today’s update also brings changes and bug fixes for Library, Friends List, Remote Play Together, Cloud, Steam Input, SteamVR, and other areas of the Steam client. Find the full changelog here.

Those using the beta branch of Steam should be used to these new features already, but keep an eye out for other customer reviews coming soon from Valve for testing. It’s likely that Steam Big Picture Mode will get the next upgrade, as the Steam Deck will launch with a brand new version of it.

Sam D. Gomez