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Steam is the face of PC gaming. Valve's video game marketplace isn't the only place to purchase PC games —Epic Games Store, GOG, and Xbox are viable options, too—but Steam's footprint and infamous seasonal sales make it a popular online retail destination.
Plus, with the highly anticipated Steam Deck handheld debuting in lateSteam's public presence may shine even brighter. Steam is so much more than a mere store, though. Its desktop client lets you do many things, including organizing your library, streaming your play sessions to an audience, and chatting with the homies we anticipate that Steam Deck will include all these features, too.
In short, Steam has a lot going on, but many of its more attractive and useful elements may go unrecognized by newcomers and longtime users alike. It's an ever-growing list that will be expanded as time goes on. So, boot up your gaming desktop or laptopfire up Steam, and prepare to learn what Valve's gaming software can really do with a little bit of effort on your part. Security is important. You don't want a Glengarry Glen Ross disciple breaking his or her way into your Steam to further a nefarious agenda. To prevent that, you should, of course, use a strong password.
But you should supplement the password with an extra layer of security, too. When Steam Guard is enabled on youryou'll need to provide a special access code to verify your on an unrecognized device. Depending on your Steam Guard settings, you'll either receive an with the special code or you'll get it from the Steam Mobile app on your smartphone. That said, if you're feeling particularly adventurous, you can participate in the Steam Beta.
By doing so, you'll access features that are still in the testing phase, such as the new Storage Manager that's seemingly coming in anticipation of Steam Deck. Here's how to do it. Now, Valve will push early features your way. By default, Steam displays your games in alphabetical order in a single, vertically aligned list. That gets the job done if you don't own many games, but if you own close toyou may long for better organization. Fortunately, Valve provides the tools to tidy up your library.
Collections can be static or dynamic. With a static Collection, you manually move a game to a category by right-clicking its title and following the menus or by dragging it to its new home. With a dynamic Collection, you can apply filters that automatically sorts games by their default Steam tags as your library increases in size.
In addition, clicking the Collections icon opens a grid that displays your created in one easy-to-read central location. Shelves are alternate ways to view your game library. Sometimes the games you want to play just aren't in the Steam Store. Battlefront II is only available for purchase from Electronic Arts' Origin shop on PCso you must buy it directly from the company that gamers love to hate. You download it, enjoy swinging a few light sabers, and pray that loot boxes never return.
But, alas, you don't like the idea of having two separate clients to launch games. Valve has a remedy for that. After that, simply pick a title and click Add Selected Programs. That's it! Sometimes you've just got to hide a video game. It could a title you rarely play or, more likely, there's a game you love that you don't want other people to know you're playing.
It's simple to hide game. Now, the only way to see the game in your library is to key its name into the Search box. Valve's desire to make Steam a part of your entertainment center resulted in the company creating Big Picture Mode, a streamlined interface deed for use with large-screen monitors and televisions. Did you know that you can save your game progress to the cloud and your play session on another PC without missing a beat? Please note that this feature isn't available for every game.
That said, a whole bunch of 'em support it. Just because your PC game library is digital, that doesn't mean you can't lend games to others in your household. Family Library Sharing lets you lend your games to up to 10 other folks who use the same gaming PC. They get their own game saves, too, so you don't have to worry about them mucking up your progress. We truly loathe that frame rate counting has become such a ificant part of the online video game discourse, mainly because few gamers understand the sacrifices that sometime must get made to make a game run at 60 frames per second.
But there are times when you want to see how your rig's pushing polygons. Then, after you boot up your game of choice, you'll see an on-screen frame rate counter. You can also enable High Contrast Color, so that the counter is easily identifiable on screen, and set its on-screen location. There's always a small amount of risk attached to buying a video game. It may not boot. It may suffer from an awful frame rate.
It may simply be a stinker. Thankfully, Valve's refund program lets you mitigate those risks. Click a game and the corresponding issues, and you'll be taken to a that lets you request a refund. Your refund request must occur within two weeks of purchase, and you've must've played the game for less than two hours. Note: Streets of Rage 4 is an excellent beat-'em-up game. It was just mentioned here just for demonstration's sake. A few year back, Valve introduced Steam Trading Cards, digital cards that you earn simply by playing games.
Collecting a set of cards via trades or purchases lets you craft them into badges that you can wear on your profile as a, well, badge of honor. Crafting badges also rewards you with profile background, coupons, and chat emoticons. But you don't have to do any of those things. Instead, you can sell your cards in the Steam Community Market.
You'll typically net a few cents per card for your average drop, while rarer cards go for a bit more money. The prices naturally vary by the associated game and even the time; if you're among one of the first to sell a card in the Community Market, the thirst dogs will often bite on your price. Games are a great gift, and Valve makes it simple for you to to buy them for others. You simply add a title to the Steam shopping cart as you would for yourself, but instead of clicking Purchase For Myself, click Purchase As a Gift and then select a person from your Friends List.
Additionally, you can opt to immediately send the game to the recipient's Steamor schedule a delivery for a birthday, holiday, or any other time.
You can watch public streams, as well. Note that you'll need a third-party solution to record video. Valve recognizes that PC gamers use a wide array of game controllers, so it gave Steam the tools you need to play with your favorite gamep. With so many games on Steam, both very good and very bad, it can be tough to tell what is worth playing. Sometimes you need some expert advice. By following a Steam Curator you can browse hand-picked lists of recommended games from publications and personalities you trust, including your friends here at PCMag. Did you know that Steam has a built-in music player?
It's a very rudimentary player that lets you listen to tracks and create playlists—that's about it. Like Steam Machines before it, the upcoming Steam Deck will run a version of Linux as its primary operating system. So how will it play all of your Windows-based Steam games? The Proton compatibility layer makes it easy for devs to move their Windows games to Linux with little if any extra work.
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