Client Update - Valve
Steam Client Update Released

An update has been released for the Steam Client and will be automatically downloaded.

  • Fixed loading Workshop items in offline mode
  • Fixed rare corruption of downloaded workshop content
  • Removed out of date chat dialog notice about "new" item trading feature on first use
  • Hid unrelated Steam Overlay UI when authorizing an in-game transaction

  • Added automatically lowering encoding settings if machine is unable to encode at the minimum required frame rate
  • Added mini mode for viewing a broadcast so viewers can continue to watch a broadcast while also using the Steam Client window
  • Added pop out button to move viewing a broadcast from the Steam Client window to a new window
  • Added viewing a broadcast through Big Picture
  • Added support for recording only game audio from 64-bit processes on Windows 8
  • Fixed needing to approve the first viewer of a broadcast twice

In-Home Streaming
  • Fixed regression recording audio on Linux
  • Fixed crash when In-Home Streaming host machine failed to initialize Nvidia hardware encoding or had SLI enabled
  • Fix capture logic for windows which span multiple monitors
  • Add support for games which directly set the mouse cursor position
  • Implemented streaming controller support for Far Cry 4 and Gone Home

In-Home Streaming & Broadcast
  • Fixed audio crackle and audio loss experienced by some users after 20+ minutes of streaming on Windows
  • Extended DirectX 10/11 video recording to support additional games, including Cities: Skylines
  • Fixed recording audio on computers that have been running for a significant amount of time without a reboot (multiple weeks)
  • Fixed rare crash when audio recording device returned incorrect timestamps

Big Picture
  • Added support for the new Steam controller. The older generation Steam controller is no longer supported.
  • Fixed current view in the web favorites page being incorrect if you closed multiple tabs at a single time
  • Fixed possible process hang when stopping video playback
  • Fixed regressed layout of movie player controls
  • Fixed rare blank UI if you hit escape at the wrong time during the splash screen
  • Added hardware pages in Steam Store
  • When launching a game that is already running, attempt to switch to that game instead of showing an error message

  • Fixed blocking problem affecting some uses of peer-to-peer networking API

  • Fixed some web pages not displaying if the content was static
  • Fixed some games failing to draw text
Client Update - Valve
Steam Client Update Released

An update has been released for the Steam Client and will be automatically downloaded.

  • Added UI listing your owned DLC in the library details view
  • Changed recent games lists to include recent purchases as well as recently played
  • Added a new Browser settings page with new option to delete the cookies use by the built in Steam browser
  • Fixed some cases where certain long chat messages could cause long client hangs
  • Fixed drop down options in settings dialog initially showing as blank
  • Fixed a crash in OpenGL games when taking a screenshot or recording video
  • Fixed multiple crashes on shutdown & client restart for update
  • Fixed check boxes in list panels flickering or not rendering immediately after mouse wheel scroll of the list
  • Improved responsiveness of library details view for games where you have many friends who play
  • Fixed case where running a game that has Cloud Sync disabled, when in Offline Mode, could cause existing Cloud files to be overwritten
  • Fixed rare crash updating task bar icon jump list contents on Windows
  • Changed menu item to use web site to find driver updates for AMD graphics cards
  • Fixed bug detecting Windows Compatibility mode set on the Steam Client

Big Picture
  • Improved scroll bar behavior when dragging or clicking the bar/thumb regions with the mouse
  • Fixed potential out-of-memory crash when changing from Steam to Big Picture mode or back again
  • Improved slider control behavior
  • Performance improvements for situations with many UI panels updating/painting
  • Fixed a case where the activity feed could fail to load the right pane contents for roll ups with a large number of items
  • Fixed a bug where font styling on ranges within labels could be invalid after a resolution change
  • Fixed video playback over SSL
  • Fixed a rare crash trying to load zero byte image content
  • Fixed a crash when playing video
  • Fixed rare hang on launch or when switching from Steam to Big Picture on Linux
  • Fixed some text not rendering on Linux

  • Added option to record only game audio (new default for all broadcasts)
  • Broadcasts are now more resilient to failures with system audio recording
  • Improved mixing of game/system audio and microphone
  • Fixed some games minimizing when full screen and a broadcast starts
  • Fixed broadcaster not seeing chat messages if broadcast was stopped then started again during the same game session
  • Added video encoder tuning setting (prioritize video quality or capture performance)
  • Fixed regression which would result in broadcasts unexpectedly stopping, usually with "Missing Keyframe"
  • Fixed changing between push to talk vs. voice activated microphone recording during a broadcast
  • Don’t show Broadcast notifications in-game if user is offline
  • Audio from games that require exclusive access to the sound card can be recorded when using the record only game audio setting
  • Fixed scaling when recording video in OpenGL Core games

In-Home Streaming
  • Optimized slice encoding for client decoding capabilities
  • Fixed crash if Big Picture is opened while streaming
  • Fixed possible crash when starting a stream

  • Improved caching of downloaded workshop items
  • Fixed a bug publishing a Workshop item with a preview image when using an external tool

Virtual Reality Mode
  • Fixed a bug where the Steam Client could crash when launching certain VR games

  • Fixed a bug causing Elder Scrolls Online to crash on startup when run through Steam
Client Update - Valve
Steam Client Update Released

An update has been released for the Steam Client and will be automatically downloaded. This minor release also includes all changes from the January 19 client release, detailed here.

  • Fixed taking screenshots and video capture in some OpenGL games
  • Fixed workshop items not always downloading immediately when subscribed to
  • Fixed a potential crash when shutting down the Steam client

Mac OS X
  • Fixed a crash when watching broadcast streams in full screen mode

Big Picture
  • Fixed network errors during checkout/purchasing
Client Update - Valve
Steam Client Update Released

An update has been released for the Steam Client and will be automatically downloaded.

  • Added Steam Broadcasting. See for more info.
  • 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

Big Picture
  • 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

In-Home Streaming
  • 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
Client Update - Valve
Steam Client Update Released

A minor update has been released for the Steam Client and will be automatically downloaded. This includes all changes previously released on November 12; for a full list, see the original update notes.

UPDATE: This client was re-released on Nov 25 for Mac OS X to fix a major issue with game libraries appearing to be empty.

  • Fixed a UI display issue which affected certain systems running Big Picture

Mac OS X
  • Fixed an issue which could cause the Steam Library to lose track of all installed games
  • Fixed crash on shutdown
  • Improved compatibility with Universal Access on OS X 10.9.5 and 10.10

Client Update - Valve
Steam Client Update Released

An update has been released for the Steam Client and will be automatically downloaded.

  • Add finer-grained download throttling settings
  • Fixed crash in rich text controls
  • Fixed setting passwords for private beta branches with no content change
  • Added retail disc support for FreeOnDemand apps without cd-keys
  • Fixed couple screenshot uploader bugs in displaying the number of characters left in caption
  • Fixed Steam Cloud sync issues when re-launching a game immediately after exiting it
  • Added support for playback of full screen HTML5 videos in the Web Browser
  • Fixed a race condition that could lead to a crash in rare cases on Steam startup
  • Screenshot manager dialog layout improved to account for longer localized strings
  • Music background mask updated to improve foreground content legibility
  • Fixed missing "repeat once" UI string in the desktop Music player
  • Desktop client graphics updated (Big Picture controller icon, Background images)
  • Fix performance problem with large numbers of concurrent p2p connections.

Big Picture
  • Allow the controller related game launch prompt to be turned off for a game
  • Fixed being able to add free games and free DLC to your library
  • Added filtering of promotional messages by platform and controller type
  • Fixed positioning of some Store carousels when running in low resolutions
  • Added Early Access indicator to game panel in note section
  • Added controller and OS support icons to DLC view
  • Fixed getting stuck at Downloads page with no way to leave
  • Store and Library improvements have been made to help users identify locally playable content. For more information, visit
  • Locally playable content featured by default, as OS or input device warrants
  • Store settings added to enable advanced users to view all Steam content, regardless of local playability
  • Optional dropdown added to Store, to enable advanced users to quickly switch between viewing locally playable and all Steam content
  • Search results display locally playable content first
  • Notes, icons, and cart warning added to store views to indicate additional input and in-home streaming requirements, as applicable
  • Library default view set to display locally playable games, as appropriate
  • Improved playback of videos in the Web Browser
  • Fixed youtube videos reloading when switching tabs in the Web Browser

  • Fixed a race leading to a rare crash when exiting Steam on Windows
  • Improved in-game overlay compatibility with some newer d3d11 games that utilize IDXGIFactory2 (Audiosurf 2)

Mac OS X
  • Fixed the TAB key not working correctly in Web forms
  • Retina display graphics improved (Checkboxes and radio buttons)

  • Fixed web views not displaying if you run Steam under multiple OS user accounts

In-Home Streaming
  • Fixed a regression preventing the stream from stopping when a game exits
  • Fixed flickering on NVIDIA SLI host configurations

  • Fixed crash when updating a Workshop item using the ISteamUGC interface with a NULL change description
  • Cached retrieved guides displayed in the overlay
Client Update - Valve
Steam Client Update Released

An update has been released for the Steam Client and will be automatically downloaded.

  • Fixed error "Invalid Depot Config" while updating a game owned by multiple users on the same computer
  • Improve voice chat protocol for multiple sessions
  • Fixed "flushconfig" causing Steam to forget non-standard game install folders
  • Fixed slow game startup when the game has many "deleted" files in the Steam Cloud
  • Added preliminary support for games using the Mantle graphics API

Big Picture
  • Added ability to set the search provider used when entering text into the Web Browsers url bar, under the Interface area in Options.
  • Fixed a bug where known controller bindings would sometimes not be communicated to the game when Steam started in Big Picture mode

Steam Music Player
  • Fixed saving out 'Media Keys enabled' on Windows
  • Removed the setting for enabling media keys for OS X and Linux, because it is not available on these platforms
  • Scanning for new music only on complete downloads, reducing the numbers of scans
  • Fixed Settings > Interface > Set Taskbar Preferences
  • Made usage of media keys optional, default is off
  • Added plus button next to Album/Artist button to make it easier to add music
  • Music scanner includes soundtracks in game directories containing "Sound Track" as name
  • Fixed rare case of accidental grabbing focus on startup in 2' UI

In-Home Streaming
  • Fixed gradual framerate drop over time
  • Fixed not being able to stream if you copy a Steam installation to another computer

  • Fixed gamepad entry repeating quickly when running under a locale that doesn't use the decimal point character for floating point numbers
  • Changed Steam Cloud file paths to be preserve case instead of converting to lowercase. This will not retroactively affect files already synced to the cloud.
  • Added default controller bindings for Xbox One controllers
Client Update - Valve
Steam Client Update Released

(UPDATE: This update was re-released on Sep 29 to fix a crash issue with AMD Athlon XP and similar CPUs that do not support SSE2.)

An update has been released for the Steam Client and will be automatically downloaded.

Steam Music Player
  • The Steam Music Player feature is now available for everyone, making it easy to listen to your music collection while you play games on Steam. For more information, visit Steam News. For product support, visit Steam Support.

  • Added display of friends’ nicknames to notifications
  • Added support for Family View recovery email address in Big Picture mode
  • Added "I forgot my PIN" link to Family View unlock dialogs if a recovery email has been set
  • Simplified the user interface of the main window
  • Reduced energy usage when running in the background
  • Fixed installing games using “-applaunch” or “steam://install” commands
  • Fixed some cases where invalid URL strings would be parsed as URLs in chats
  • Fixed some issues with Unicode handling inside links in chat
  • Fixed regression that prevented public sharing of screenshots of non-Steam games
  • Fixed install from retail disk for games with more than 4 DVDs, to use the data from all disks
  • Fixed game banners not appearing in grid view while in offline mode
  • Fixed hang in grid view when hitting enter with no game selected
  • Fixed warning sound playing when unlocking Family View in desktop mode
  • Fixed permissions issue preventing developers from uploading Workshop items to an app using the ISteamUGC interface, if they only had an auto-grant license for the app

In-Home Streaming
  • Improved AMD hardware encoding quality
  • Updated Streaming audio from Linux to use the default pulse audio sink if none is running at the time streaming starts
  • Fixed rare crash with windowed game capture
  • Fixed regression preventing Big Picture mode from responding after streaming a game
  • Fixed regression preventing streaming to NVIDIA Shield

  • Added support for additional caching of proxy auto-discovery results and better background detection of broken networks where auto-discovery fails and takes a long time to timeout
  • Fixed failing to draw Web views into games that run as the elevated user when Steam wasn't also elevated

Mac OS X
  • Updated some common user interface elements for Retina displays

  • Fixed keyboard input for non-Latin languages in the Web view
Client Update - Valve
Now it’s easy to listen to your music collection while you play games on Steam.

Point Steam to the MP3s on your computer, then browse your collection of albums and artists. You’ll also find your Steam Soundtracks DLC in your Steam Music library when the associated base game is installed. Listen to albums, queue up mixes, and create playlists you love, right in your Steam library. Best of all, it’s all available right within the Steam Overlay, so you can control playback without leaving your game. The Steam Music library and player consist of all the basics you need to enjoy your music without switching tasks.

To celebrate the release of the Steam Music, the following Valve soundtracks DLC are now available for free to those who own the related base games and documentary. In addition, the following Valve games are on sale for 75% off.*

75% off Half-Life | Free Soundtrack DLC
75% off Half-Life Two | Free Soundtrack DLC
75% off Half-Life Two: Episode One | Free Soundtrack DLC
75% off Half-Life Two: Episode Two | Free Soundtrack DLC
75% off Portal | Free Soundtrack DLC
75% off Portal 2 | Free Soundtrack DLC
Free to Play | Free Soundtrack DLC

Check the Steam Store for additional soundtracks to your favorite games.

We’d love to hear your feedback, feature requests, and ideas for where Steam Music should go next. Stay tuned, as we plan to add more features so you can experience Steam music in new ways. We’re just getting started.

*Offer ends October 1st at 10AM Pacific Time

Client Update - Valve
An update has been released for the Steam Client and will be automatically downloaded.

  • Fixed some password entry fields being too short for existing passwords
  • Fixed games being installed to a different Steam Library folder than was indicated in the UI
  • Fixed trade links causing Steam web views to become unresponsive
  • Fixed incorrect scrollbar skins sometimes appearing in web views
  • Fixed blurry text in web views under Windows
  • Fixed a client hang when viewing a Library page with a corrupted workshop thumbnail image

Minor Changes
  • Adjusted colors and other visual details per community feedback
  • Improved handling of suspicious links in chat text
  • Fixed small-mode UI not refreshing when new games are added to the library
  • Fixed some UI selection issues when switching between downloads and games views

Mac OS X, Linux, and SteamOS
  • Fixed frequent client crashes while playing peer-to-peer networking games
  • Fixed client crashes when installing games or apps with many small files
  • Improved client startup time and Steamworks API response time for games

Mac OS X only
  • Fixed overlay compatibility issue with some games
  • Fixed crash when displaying age-check and other dropdown menus in the client
  • Fixed disconnections caused by OS X Mavericks putting Steam into "App Nap" mode, which prevents Steam from receiving chat and other network messages

Big Picture
  • Fixed daisywheel text entry to continue generating capital letters while holding the left trigger
  • Fixed a failure to capitalize the first word of a line when typing with daisywheel text entry
  • Fixed some small memory leaks and decreased overall memory usage
  • Fixed UI navigation errors in the friends invite panel for some users
  • Fixed some navigation and transition issues in the profile and activity feed

In-Home Streaming
  • Improved software decoder performance when using Intel QuickSync hardware encoding
  • Fixed issue in the Windows DXVA decoder that could cause occasional black screen flashing
  • Added Intel hardware decoding support using VAAPI on Linux and SteamOS. This requires the i386 intel-vaapi-driver package version 1.3.2 or newer to be installed on the client computer. This will be added to SteamOS in an upcoming update.

Virtual Reality Mode
  • Enabled the Virtual Reality Mode menu option in more cases where it appears that the user has used VR before
  • Added an item to the options menu to re-center the UI in front of the user
  • Added error reports to make it easier for users to diagnose VR mode problems

Search news
Mar   Feb   Jan  
Archives By Year
2015   2014   2013   2012   2011  
2010   2009   2008   2007   2006  
2005   2004   2003   2002