According to a leaked post by Valve, there will be a significant change to the user interface of Steam that aims to appear refreshing to players and improve functionality overall while promoting a high level of visibility to its users.
In what should have been in a closed group – Steamworks – for developers, the document made it out of the confines of this closed group and onto general viewing on a Neogaf thread.
Apparently, the document that was leaked on the gaming forum is legit. It shows a complete overhaul of the Steam home page and Valve themselves have commented that:
[The homepage] will be getting a visual refresh to use bigger game images in some places, add some new ways of surfacing games, and remove some visual clutter.
A new column will be added to the page with an added menu that will make navigating the sit easier, efficient and more intuitive. The menu will allow users to easily browse and sort through such options as: new releases, top sellers, recently updated and upcoming releases.
There is also a new option to be added called “popular among friends” that will highlight games that have been recently purchased or played by anyone on the players friends list. A list at the top of the page will also be dedicated to new releases which are topping the charts. Check out the images below to see these new features in action:
Valve have also explained a new feature that will allow users to filter out certain categories from the homepage of content they are not interested in. Speaking about this feature, Valve said:
This will let customers opt to exclude particular types of products, such as Early Access, Software, Videos, and VR from appearing on their Steam home page and on a couple other browse pages.
Valve have remarked that the update will be rolled out in the next few weeks. So if the document that was leaked really is legit, Steam users will see more content directed at them with a more visible and efficient structure in which to navigate around.