It’s the fourth and final day of the Steam Community update and Valve have announced that the last update to the Steam Community will be Friends. Valve have broken away your friends from the Community into a separate area so that everything to do with them is in one area. The Community will now consist of just the Game Hubs, Steam Workshop and Steam Greenlight focusing on the larger Steam Community.
Taking a leaf from the Google+ and Facebook friend feeds Valve have created a more interactive feed which will allow you to rate and comment on nearly everything your friends post. You’ll now be able to save the best content to your favourites and rate your friend’s content to try and get it to the top of the Game Hubs.
You’ll now be able to post statuses on your profile, meaning you’ll be able to brag about everything you have achieved in the game and the real world. Finally, you can now nickname your friends so you know who they are even if they change their profile name.
Who’s invited into the beta then? Well, 2 invites are being sent out to the first 50,000 recipients of the Pillar of the Steam Community badge with more going out daily until the end of the beta period when it will go live for everyone. Essentially this means that in the first wave there will be 100,000 Steam users using the beta and it will continue to grow. Valve haven’t, at this moment in time, given a release date for the update going live but you can be rest assured it will be done in Valve Time.
However, whilst the beta is going on Valve have kindly allowed users without beta access the opportunity to check out some of the new features announced on the Team Fortress 2 Game Hub and the New Steam Community Beta Group.
Alexander “AJ” Bridgwood