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The changes aren’t enormous, since structurally the desktop program works in much the same way. Indeed the first and most major tweak you might notice are the new fonts, along with “updated dialogs, menus and colors”. But the real changes come under the hood, with the popularity of Steam Deck seemingly forcing Valve to come up with a version of their service that could be updated across all four platforms—desktop, Steam Deck, Big Picture and mobile—instead of one at a time.

A video showcasing the new Steam update

Another area of improvement is Steam’s notification system, which heavy users will know was always a pain in the ass since it would always be showing something new, and most of the time it was something you didn’t really need to know. Now notifications are being broken up:

Maybe the biggest change, though, comes in the in-game overlay, which has been completely redesigned, can now have elements “pinned” so that they’re always visible while playing (and have their opacity adjusted accordingly) and there’s even a new notes section so you can jot stuff down while playing without ever leaving the game.

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