Steam has been the most popular PC game platform for a while now, but it has been famous for rolling out updates. Luckily, it has released a huge update to its download and storage management pages that should make things easier to navigate.
The update is detailed in a blog on Steam’s website, where it details everything coming to the platform over the weekend. Probably the most useful change is that the Downloads UI will now tell you the progress of your game installs as a percentage of the total process – rather than just downloads.
One of the most annoying things about downloading and installing games, especially if you’re on a slow internet connection and especially if you have a hard drive instead of one of the best SSDs, is that a game can be downloaded. But then it costs you extra time to install it to your drive, making you think it was already ready – especially if you’re anxiously waiting for it to progress.
And luckily, this update contains much more than just a new skin for the UI. And the best part is, the update went live on September 9th, which means you probably already have, or should have, as soon as you update your Steam client.
If Steam was getting a minor UI update to make it look like a relic of the early 2000s, it would be enough to excite me, but there are actually some much-needed functionality improvements here. And, the most important of these is the new Storage Manager.
Before this update, Storage Manager was just a small window where you could add or remove entire folders from your Steam Library (and it wasn’t even called Storage Manager, just “Steam Library Folders”). With this update, though, you can actually click on each drive where you have your Steam Library folder, and both see what games are on that drive, and you can uninstall games in one go. Or you can transfer the game between drives, it’s a wonderful quality of life changer.
It used to be that if you wanted to clean up your Steam library because you ran out of space — and to be honest, it’s been a while since how big of a game there are — you’d need to check out the games in your library. Right click, hover over “Manage” and then “Uninstall”. If you just want to find out what drive the game was located on and then maybe move it, you’ll have to open that game’s properties, then select the option in that sub-menu, or do it manually in Windows Explorer. must be done within.
To make it worse, to do any of this, you had to do it individually for each game, making it confusing and a pain in the neck to do. This new UI for managing your library is a life changer.
welcome to the modern era
If you’re not familiar with PC gaming, it probably seems bizarre that this kind of functionality didn’t already exist in most of the PC’s biggest storefronts. After all, it offers new UI functionality that is present in both PS4 and PS5.
Just imagine what happens when your PS5 SSD gets full really fast – Instead of being able to get rid of what you’re not playing through the PS5’s UI as quickly, you’ll have to manually go through your library and uninstall games one by one.
That would be a huge pain, and that’s what we PC gamers have been doing with Steam for almost 20 years. Now, dealing with PC game installs, troubleshooting, and modifying them, it has taught me many lessons about navigating the Windows file system, and I won’t leave it for the world. But as PC gaming gets bigger and bigger, we need to further improve the quality of life to make the hobby more accessible to people who just want to play certain games.