Valve's Steam Ditches Internet Explorer for WebKit

User interface overhauls isn't anything new. After all, Facebook users should be accustomed to a ridiculous amount of change. Now it's Valve's turn to give Steam a fresh coat of paint.

An opt-in beta today went live for all Steam users who wish to participate in checking out the new-look Steam.

"We made hundreds of changes to the Steam client as a result of customer feedback on the interface, performance, and functionality," said John Cook, Director of Steam Development at Valve.

The folks at Valve also saw fit to change the rendering engine for the UI, ditching Microsoft for an open source solution.

"We swapped out the Internet Explorer rendering engine with WebKit, which gives us a bunch of size, stability and performance benefits," explained Cook. "This release of Steam leaves us well prepared for another year of strong growth."

Major features:

  • Complete overhaul of Steam client UI design to improve discoverability of features and to better expose all the information related to games in your library
  • Complete overhaul of in-game overlay UI design to create a richer in-game experience exposing context sensitive information related to the game you are currently playing
  • New game details view, presenting a detailed view of all the information for a single game in your library
  • New grid view, presenting a graphical view of your game library
  • New news page in the store/client/overlay which aggregates from Valve related news sites, official community groups, and third-party gaming news feeds
  • New downloads view in the client, making it easier to track your progress downloading new games or game updates
  • New Steam store design, including more integrated community features, improved recommendations, and improved video and screenshots viewing (and much more!)

Click here for more details and to opt-in to the beta if you're a Steam user.

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  • kresso
    WebKit is great. I am glad to see steam moving to an open source alternative, I just hope they don't make things more complicated. Added functionality doesn't always equal better functionality.
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  • the_krasno
    I tried it, it crashed. Had to uninstall steam, lost all my games and now have to re download them.

    So fat I'm the only one that had that problem. Oh well, it teaches me this:

    BETA = NOT QUITE READY FOR RELEASE, PROCEED WITH CARE.
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  • chrisjust98
    Yeah, I installed it and it runs fine. In fact, it runs faster then the old.
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  • kresso
    WebKit is great. I am glad to see steam moving to an open source alternative, I just hope they don't make things more complicated. Added functionality doesn't always equal better functionality.
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