The big Steam library update is now available to everyone

This is my library. There are many like it, but this one is mine. (Image credit: Future)

The Steam library update we learned about a couple of weeks ago is now in open beta, meaning that anyone can opt in to try the new look.

The updated library brings new filtering and organizational options and displays recent updates to games in your library. It also looks much better. Functionality should always come first, of course, but the old library layout looked, well, old, and the new styling is welcome.

Individual game pages are much more clearly laid out as well, with links to stats, discussions, guides, and other relevant info across the top instead of running down the side. Valve loves to fiddle with algorithms, but the front-facing side of libraries has gone a bit neglected over the years. I'd say this update goes a long way toward addressing that shortcoming.

In order to try the update, you'll need to opt into the Steam client beta. To do so, go to the Settings menu from the Steam dropdown, then hit the "change" button in the beta participation section. The dropdown on the next screen will give you the option to join in on Steam beta updates—select that and you're off to the races. 

You might have to fiddle a bit to kick it over: I had to exit and restart Steam twice in order to get the update to take.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.