Plan on needing a bit of extra time before playing your latest Steam games – there’s a new client in town that will automatically be downloading and changing a few things. It’s not just about making that frame rate counter a real thing – there are some other cool additions to the service.
The biggest change is the introduction of Steam Broadcasting. Unlike twitch that requires extra logins to stream, you can now stream directly from Steam. You can choose privacy settings for your St(r)eam, but it sounds like the Dota options to watch a game are being applied here, making it quick and easy to spectate a wide variety of games.
While I think that’s the biggest and coolest addition, here’s the complete list of changes.
- Added Steam Broadcasting
- Added in-game FPS counter to Steam Overlay
- When Steam has internally scheduled a game update to be queued sometime in the future, the UI will now display a note to the user indicating that time
- Fixed a crash preventing 64-bit Steamworks games from launching on older AMD processors
- Fixed starting Steam if instance is already running in other local Windows user session
- Fixed restoring game specific hardware mouse cursors when exiting the in-game overlay
- Fixed errors in web views not localizing properly
- Fixed occasional crash when trying to validate your email address
- Fixed rendering the Steam Overlay in some D3D8 games.
- Updated Windows Compatibility warnings
- Improved synchronization and smoothness of video playback
- Reduced CPU usage when drawing animated images or videos
- Reduced CPU usage when interacting with the main Steam client window
- Fixed to ask the user if they’d like to launch immediately or begin updating the game if an update is available but the game has been played recently
- When running in 720p mode scale embedded web views so they are readable
- Fixed EULA display occasionally failing to display
- Revised navigation on profile menu
- Fixed crash when entering a screenshot description
- Fixed displaying screenshots for games added by shortcut
- Fixed severe frame drop in OpenGL games that occasionally occurred on some hardware
- Reduced impact on game frame rate in D3D9c games when not using hardware acceleration
- Fixed a rare bug where Steam could delete user files when failing to start
- Fixed some combo boxes in steam client settings accepting text input when selection must be made from dropdown
Will you be broadcasting all your gameplay to your friends? I think this could be a cool feature, especially if you’re curious about games that your friends always rave about – watch them play it and see if you’d like. Alternatively, if they moan about a game not being fun, you can watch them play and tell them how they’re doing it wrong.
Last Updated: January 20, 2015