Latest Experiments

004 Search | Filter those results, then scroll-lll!

September 5th, 2019 - Discover just what you're looking for with more filters and infinte scroll in search. This experiment will set your browser into Labs Mode, allowing you to access its features whenever you search on Steam. Labs Mode is remembered per browser and easy to exit via the banner at the top. Happy searching!

003 Automatic Show | An automated show about games

July 11th, 2019 - What if Steam could magically generate a show about the latest and greatest games each day? The automatic show is like one of those cable shopping channels without the super-absorbent chamois cloths.

Check out the half-hour Episode #1.

002 Interactive Recommender | The machine learning curator

July 11th, 2019 - This experiment looks at how much you've played each game in your Steam library, and uses the magic of machine learning to recommend games you might like. Filter your results by picking games that are popular or niche, and drill down by release date and tags.

001 Micro Trailers | A six-second trailer for every game

July 11th, 2019 - Absorb every game in the Steam catalog in just seconds. Micro Trailers are six-second looping videos designed to quickly inform viewers about titles on Steam with a presentation that's easy to skim. This experiment is a fancier version of the Twitter bot of the same name.

Welcome to Steam Labs

Every year, we create dozens of experiments around discoverability, video, machine learning, and more. You know who we thought might enjoy seeing them? Everyone.

For the first time, you can try, share, and break them, then share your feedback with the developers who create them.

Active Experiments

Search - Find that thing you've been looking for with more powerful search tools.
Automatic Show - An automated, daily, half-hour show about Steam games
Interactive Recommender - Machine learning predicts games you'd like based on your library.
Micro Trailers - A six-second trailer for every Steam game

More About Steam Labs

Rough, Ephemeral Experiments

These are works in progress. Some of them may turn out great. Others, we may toss out. We hope that most will be improved with your feedback and go on to be a part of Steam. This is the way of Steam Labs.

Why?

We're always trying new things with Steam, but often only share them with the world when they're ready to be made a part of the platform. Steam Labs allows us to share these ideas earlier and improve them with your feedback before making them official.

What's Next?

Like all new Steam features, Steam Labs is itself an experiment, in that it is a work in progress which will only get better with informed iteration. We hope you'll share your ideas and feedback in the discussions. We look forward to experimenting together.