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That Steam UI update is still happening

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Last year, a mock-up of a new Steam interface (opens in new tab) appeared in a client update and was quickly removed. We still don't know if the image represents anything real—it's just an image—but we did learn later from a Valve presentation (opens in new tab) that some kind of Steam UI refresh is in the works. And it's still in the works, says Valve's Alden Kroll.

In a Twitter thread about an upcoming Valve presentation in Milan (opens in new tab), Kroll was asked if the UI update is still happening. "Yes: We're still working on it :)," he said. Kroll then responded to a second question (opens in new tab) to confirm that the option to mute Curators is a feature being worked on.

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So there you have it: The Steam UI update is happening. Eventually. I hadn't assumed it was scrapped, as it's pretty normal for Valve to mention something and then go silent on it, but I had started to wonder if it would be a full refresh or if recent piecemeal additions—the new Curator pages, for instance—were what Valve had been talking about last year. Though we still don't know what this update is going to look like, it sounds like we'll know it when we see it, and we haven't seen it yet.

As for when we will see it, Kroll hopes it'll be finished within the next 40 years.

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Tyler Wilde
Tyler Wilde

Tyler grew up in Silicon Valley alongside Apple and Microsoft, playing games like Zork and Arkanoid on the early personal computers his parents brought home. He was later captivated by Myst, SimCity, Civilization, Command & Conquer, Bushido Blade (yeah, he had Bleem!), and all the shooters they call "boomer shooters" now. In 2006, Tyler wrote his first professional review of a videogame: Super Dragon Ball Z for the PS2. He thought it was OK. In 2011, he joined PC Gamer, and today he's focused on the site's news coverage. After work, he practices boxing and adds to his 1,200 hours in Rocket League.