Client Update - Valve

It's been a busy month since the Steam controller officially launched, and with the help of the community, it's already grown so much. Along with new features in today's update, we thought we'd highlight some of the other big features added in the past month and what the community has been doing with those new features.

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Client Update - Valve
(Additional note: this client was re-released on Monday, Dec 14 with additional crash fixes.)

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

  • Updated the web browser component to Chromium version 47.0.2526.49
  • Improved error messages for some unusual login failure cases
  • Fixed a crash when launching games for the first time while Steam is offline

Big Picture
  • Improved UI navigation when using the mouse in several areas
  • Changed the default ambient music volume to off, this setting can be configured under the Audio Settings page
  • Expanded the Resume and Explore part of Library, adding more rows based on friend activity and recent game updates
  • Added a new option to control how the left Steam Controller touchpad scrolls Web pages (see "Web Browser" settings)
  • Added a new option to the system menu, "Minimize Big Picture"
  • Improved zooming in web browser
  • Fixed going back to the main menu when selecting some pages inside of settings
  • Fixed Steam Community landing page not loading in Italian
  • Fixed being unable to navigate to the right column of Friends settings
  • Fixed some Steam/XInput controller buttons showing up as "UNKNOWN" when binding shortcuts (ie., taking a screenshot)
  • Fixed Exit menu popping up when just tapping the Guide button on a controller, not only on a long hold
  • Fixed watching DOTA 2 broadcasts
  • Fixed several crashes

  • Fixed failing to send some special characters to games through the Big Picture overlay keyboard
  • Fixed The Beginner's Guide crashing on startup
  • Improved multi-monitor support for the Steam Link

Mac OS X
  • Fixed Steam Controller failing to work after exiting and relaunching Big Picture mode without restarting Steam
  • Fixed web pages displaying at 1/4 of their correct size under Big Picture

  • Fixed an unexpected 60fps framerate cap when broadcasting is enabled

VR Mode
  • Switched the Steam UI to use the VR dashboard on Windows for Oculus devices.

In-Home Streaming
  • Added game controller mouse emulation for game launchers, use right trigger to click
  • Added new advanced host and advanced client options. Some settings, such as hardware encoder choice, are only accessible from Big Picture mode
  • Updated game capture modes for improved consistency and reliability
  • Reduced frame-rate impact of running Big Picture mode while streaming
  • Improved interactions with third-party overlays such as Uplay
  • Improved video stream quality when AMD hardware encoding is enabled
  • Fixed some known causes of black screen flashes
  • Fixed issues when switching games or when transitioning from launcher to game
  • Fixed many framerate issues with capture on NVIDIA SLI systems

Steam Controller

The list of changes here are too numerous to call out, so we have made an overview of the changes.

Client Update - Valve
Big Picture
  • Added store setting to view featured games from all platforms when running on OS X or SteamOS
  • Fixed an error that could prevent you from adding items to the Store shopping cart

In-Home Streaming
  • Improved stability and reduced Steam CPU usage under many hardware configurations
  • Improved streaming gamepad compatibility with The Beginner's Guide and other games
  • Added mouse cursor constraints for Windows hosts so the cursor cannot be lost off-screen

Steam Controller
  • Fixed detection of controllers in the Settings panels when streaming from a Steam Link device
  • Fixed an issue where firmware updates would not apply while In-Home Streaming is active
  • Fixed an issue where some developer-approved configurations were not being displayed
  • Fixed game action set legacy bindings not working beyond the first preset slot
  • Fixed an issue where mode-shifted analog sticks could lose input
Client Update - Valve
  • Improved startup times for users with a large number of games
  • Added a "Update News" option to the view menu so you can go back to past offers and view their details
  • Changed controller Steam/Xbox button behavior to fix a collision with the hold-down-for-4-seconds method of turning off the controller:
    • Old behavior: Hold down 3 seconds to launch Big Picture (or single press if you were in desktop Steam).
    • New behavior: Pressing once will change focus to Steam if it doesn't have focus. If it has focus, pressing once will launch Big Picture.
  • Fixed the friends dialog sometimes dismissing if your network connection dropped and reconnected
  • Fixed play button for non-Steam games showing "Preload" in some cases
  • Fixed a possible crash when running a badly-formed steam:// URL

Big Picture
  • Improved hover behavior when using the mouse to navigate
  • Significantly improved performance in the Library area for users with a large number of games
  • Updated status bar look at the top of the main menu
  • Reorganized the Settings section and fixed several issues with individual pages
  • Web browser shows hand cursor when hovering over web link
  • Added support for multiple game library folders
  • Added support for picking your default install library for Games
  • Improved performance when rendering large amounts of text
  • Fixed Steam overlay flickering when using multiple NVIDIA GPUs in SLI configuration
  • Fixed bad on-screen positioning of Big Picture mode after running games that change display settings
  • Fixed unexpected switch out of Big Picture mode when displaying content validation messages
  • Fixed getting stuck in the Library screenshot viewer if you used the guide button
  • Fixed web pages being partially transparent when moving
  • Fixed rare crash when navigating through large lists
  • Fixed crash when using daisy wheel in the Web browser
  • Fixed mouse wheel not working when hovering the right grid in the Library
  • Fixed "New For You" items not activating when selected
  • Fixed in-game crash when using the Daisy Wheel keyboard
  • Fixed buttons mis-firing on the Steam Controller right after leaving a game
  • Fixed view CD key button in the overlay being styled incorrectly
  • Fixed getting stuck in the overlay if you backed out of certain panels before they fully loaded
  • Fixed focus going to the wrong place if you deleted the last game from the Disk Management page under settings

Steam Controller
  • Added a new trackpad mode, Mouse Joystick. This is an alternate way of emulating mouse-style controls for games that disable mouse input when using a gamepad. For best results, we recommend increasing the gamepad camera sensitivity/speed in the game settings.
  • Added a new trackpad mode, Touch Menu. This mode is useful to bind many infrequently-used hotkeys to a single trackpad. The Big Picture in-game overlay has to be enabled for this feature to work.
  • Added support for custom controller configurations for Desktop mode
  • Added option to turn off steam controller when leaving Big Picture mode.
  • Additional work to prevent noise and drift for the gyro when in a steady state. Calibration will refine when left idle for five seconds if current configuration uses Gyro. If drift is severe, leave idle for 15 seconds for repeated refinements. Note that "always on" is not required for auto-calibration, it happens regardless of button activation.
  • Made trigger soft and full pull mode-shift and gyro-enable capable buttons
  • Added the ability to mode shift triggers
  • Mouse Rotation horizon line visualization is now shown/hidden when adjusted
  • Added Trigger Mouse Dampening. Squeezing the trigger can now engage a dampening factor to the mouse mode.
  • Added Joystick Camera option to Gyro.
  • Added Invert Horizontal and Invert Vertical to mouse/joystick modes.
  • Added options to configure the suggestion modes of the dualtouch keyboard
  • Added Legacy configuration option for games with In Game Actions, allowing users to access advanced settings.
  • Mouse Rotation now visualized as a horizon line when changing the slider.
  • Gyro Enable Button is now visible in the gyro preferences.
  • Added support for keyboard/mouse emulation on Mac
  • Fixed a client crash when running a game with an invalid official controller configuration
  • Fixed some "gyro enable button" options not applying properly
  • Fixed bugs preventing controllers from showing up under settings when using a Steam Link
  • Fixed properly showing binding descriptions for games that have an official configuration
  • Fixed an issue with emulated analog stick sometimes moving in the wrong direction when fully deflected
  • Fixed Trigger modes getting stuck on Hip Fire Aggressive
  • Fixed Rotation visualization for Mouse Joystick
  • Fixed Mode Shifts not showing up properly on main controller overview.
  • Fixed Mode Shifts not being disabled by setting the shift button to none.
  • Fixed loss of input in Portal 2 after losing focus or activating the overlay

In-Home Streaming
  • Reduced CPU usage of the streaming client software
  • Enabled hardware encoding by default, please report issues on the bug forum
  • Added workarounds for some multi-monitor issues with NVFBC capture mode
  • Updated AMD hardware encoding SDK for improved Win8+ performance
  • Improved performance and fixed garbled picture with AMD hardware encoding
  • Improved performance of some video capture methods for windowed games
  • Disabled some incompatible capture methods if AMD Crossfire is detected
  • Improved support for rotated (portrait-mode) monitors
  • Changed desktop mode to capture one monitor at a time and follow the mouse across monitors
  • Fixed incorrect display cropping on Linux clients when hardware accelerated decoding is enabled
  • Fixed a potential cause of black screens when hosting games on a computer with multiple GPUs
  • Fixed low resolution due to Windows display-scaling settings in NVFBC capture mode
  • Fixed bugs with streaming multiple-monitor desktops on Windows 8 and higher
  • Fixed incorrect mouse coordinates in some situations with Windows 8.1 and Windows 10
  • Fixed a crash if the user exits Steam while a streaming session is still active
  • Fixed some causes of audio stutter when streaming at high bitrate
  • Fixed always-black video on some multi-GPU, multi-monitor systems
  • Fixed issues with Toki Tori 2 and several other games which rely on VSync for animation timing
  • Fixed crashes on systems with certain AMD video drivers
  • Fixed low capture resolution when running games on a high-DPI monitor
  • Fixed mouse cursor position when text scaling is enabled on the host computer
  • Fixed mouse clipping issue with fullscreen games

SteamOS + Linux
  • Added support for Captured Portal (i.e Hotel Wifi) network configurations
  • Improved compatibility with XCB games
  • Fixed being unable to type shifted characters from the virtual keyboard

Mac OS X
  • Fixed focus issues when displaying 2 modal dialogs at the same time
  • Fixed slow shutdown when you had a Steam Controller connected

  • Added a warning and link to troubleshooting steps when Steam detects that Windows Compatibility Mode is interfering with internal functionality
  • Improved compatibility of the Steam overlay with other third-party overlay software
Client Update - Valve
An update has been released for the Steam Client and will be automatically downloaded.

  • Fixed the client hanging on startup when in offline mode
  • Fixed a client crash when launching Steam through some installers

Big Picture
  • Initial phase of store redesign to match updated Big Picture interface
  • Overlay now closes after accepting friends invite to a game
  • General improvements to the invites section of the friends page
  • Fixed the truncation of some labels when the UI language was not English
  • Fixed the display settings menu not having a header
  • Fixed footer bar to hide in case there was no gamepad input for some time
  • Fixed Free-to-Play games showing a “Purchase” button in library
  • Fix to prevent guides panel from always sliding in when bringing up the in-game overlay

In-Home Streaming
  • Improved streaming performance on wireless networks
  • Fixed desktop capture mode when Windows UI scaling is enabled

Virtual Reality Mode
  • Turned off the Big Picture screensaver in the VR dashboard.
  • Changed desktop and VR mode launches of VR applications to show that the old application is quitting first. The old application was already quitting, this just smooths out the UI.

  • Fixed a crash on exit for some X11 users

Steam Controller
  • Fixed mode-switch bindings not functioning properly
Client Update - Valve
An update has been released for the Steam Client and will be automatically downloaded.

Steam Controller
  • Fixed an issue where modifying controller bindings would cause loss of input. Bindings that have been edited since yesterday will need to be re-authored.
Client Update - Valve
An update has been released for the Steam Client and will be automatically downloaded.

  • Updated Web control to Chromium version 45.0.2454.85
  • Added a notification bar for users who haven't yet added a phone number, to let them know what a good idea it is to have a secure means of recovering their account
  • Added a separate library category for SteamVR-enabled games
  • Improved UI responsiveness when adding a firewall rule for a game you are installing
  • No longer show a top level dialog box for a group event, if you are in game or your friends status is 'busy'
  • Fixed occasional crash when trying to view users without tags in the friends list
  • Fixed getting a login dialog in Steam when trying to watch a video that you are already watching in another location
  • Fixed Workshop downloads being stuck in some cases
  • Fixed bug causing category info to be missing from the Library in Offline Mode, and sometimes cleared permanently when going back online
  • Fixed failing to load external Steam content libraries when they shared path names

Big Picture
  • First phase of UI refresh including the Home screen, Library, Community and Friends
  • Added ability to search inside of your Library
  • Added native Big Picture UI for viewing your achievements, leaderboards, screenshots, artwork, videos, and Workshop Items
  • Moved access to the Web and Friends panels to the Left and Right shoulder buttons on the controller
  • Added ability to move the on screen keyboard position when using the Web Browser by pressing the X button
  • Added additional communication around controller support when viewing games in your library
  • Added game badge progress in Library detail view
  • Improved the interaction when using only a mouse in the Library view
  • Block game controller events when using the Overlay while in game
  • When using the mouse only hide the cursor once we see keyboard or gamepad input
  • Fixed URL entry into the Web Browser not submitting correctly
  • Fixed crash if you mashed the A button on a game controller while accepting a EULA for a game on launch
  • Fixed situations where Big Picture did not receive focus correctly after exiting a game
  • Fixed being unable to remove favorites in the web view
  • Fixed games not installing correctly if you did several in a short period

In-Home Streaming
  • Fixed failing to reconnect to a host that you were previously streaming from
  • Added streaming controller support for Fairy Bloom Freesia and Ys Origin
  • Fixed graphical issues streaming Dandelion - Wishes brought to you -
  • Temporarily disabled support for Mac OS X as a streaming host
  • Fixed a recent bug which could cause the screen to stop drawing while audio still plays

  • Fixed audio port selection not changing when sound cards change
  • Fixed audio settings wizard to correctly handle unavailable ports
  • Fixed duplicate entries in audio output selection

Mac OS X
  • We are deprecating support for OS X 10.6 in November 2015

Streaming Video
  • Localize video controls and messages to match current Steam Client language

  • Added support for FLAC, OGG Vorbis, and M4A (both AAC and Apple Lossless)
  • Added the ability to seek within a playing track
Client Update - Valve
An update has been released for the Steam Client and will be automatically downloaded.

  • Fixed choosing “Retry” on connection issues dialog to retry immediately without losing saved credentials and requiring you to re-type your password
  • Fixed Workshop downloads not starting in some cases while being in game.

Big Picture
  • Added the ability to select the On-Screen keyboard style you want to use by default (Daisy-wheel or the traditional layout)
  • Fixed continuous error dialog on login if you entered your SteamGuard token incorrectly

In-Home Streaming
  • Fixed NVIDIA hardware encoding for ARK: Survival Evolved and other games using R10G10B10A2 backbuffer format

Streaming Video
  • Added a Videos filter to the Big Picture Library
  • Added clearer identification of videos in Big Picture Store and Library
  • Added support for adding free videos to library in Big Picture

VR Mode
  • Added a title bar button to switch in and out of VR mode.
Client Update - Valve
An update has been released for the Steam Client and will be automatically downloaded.

  • Improved video playback compatibility on Windows 7

Big Picture
  • Fixed styles on system menu while Family View is active.
  • Fixed inventory viewer not being blocked while Family View is active.

  • Fixed issue repeatedly trying to download older Workshop items and in-game guides that cannot be downloaded properly (e.g. proxy issues)
Client Update - Valve
An update has been released for the Steam Client and will be automatically downloaded.

Big Picture
  • - Enabled new community and profile features. Market, game hubs, workshop, and inventory are now available natively in Big Picture mode
  • - Made holding down the Guide button on a game controller for more than a second jump you right to the Exit menu
  • - Updated the Friends interface to make more options natively available
  • - Updated the System Menu (accessed by the Guide button on a game controller) to let you more easily navigate within Big Picture
  • - Added support for German, Italian, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Hungarian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish and Ukrainian keyboard layouts in the on screen keyboard
  • - When holding either trigger keys with the on screen keyboard the shifted mode now stays set

  • - Updated the web component to CEF version 43.0.2357.81
  • - Updated the downloads page to show disk usage as MB/sec
  • - Fixed the friends menu items in the right click system menu not setting state correctly when selected
  • - Fixed some cases where audio in other applications would get muted by Windows when using games with Steam Voice
  • - Fixed showing launch option for additional DLC before content finished installing

Steam Video
  • - Added a custom video player for watching streaming videos
  • - Enabled playback in Big Picture including controller support

In-Home Streaming and Broadcasting
  • - Fixed crash when video recording starts in some D3D11 games
  • - Fixed minimizing game window when live broadcast starts

  • - Improved the friends UI performance with very large friends lists

  • - Fixed bugs when maximizing windows on a secondary monitor which is larger than the primary monitor

SteamOS, Linux and Mac OS X
  • - Fixed having to unlock the web player when watching broadcasts each time Steam is launched

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