Steam’s new mobile app looks way, way better

I’ve been utilizing the Steam iOS app fairly a bit since getting a Steam Deck, however each time I opened the app, I needed to take care of an interface that simply felt outdated — the general design hadn’t been up to date in a really very long time. It appears Valve felt that way, too, as a result of it’s now beta testing a new model of the app that looks dramatically completely different and, when you ask me, dramatically better.

In a weblog publish, Valve talked about the new design as one of many key new options of the app, and the enhancements, at the least in my temporary testing on iOS, are instantly apparent. For instance, the app now has a navigation bar on the underside of the display the place you may navigate to issues like the shop, your information feed, and the Steam Guard part.

Thumbnails of some games in a Steam library on the new mobile app.

The library view within the new app.
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A list of some sub-menus in the new Steam app.

Take a look at these fashionable menus!
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However the app doesn’t simply have a refreshed coat of paint; it’s constructed on a “new framework” and has some extra options. My private favourite? Now you can scan a QR code from the Steam Guard part to signal into your Steam account, like what you could be accustomed to from Discord’s mobile app. Valve additionally says the new Steam app has “ smarter notifications, an improved Library, and multi account assist,” and also you’ll nonetheless have the ability to do issues like browse the shop and make sure any trades.

The screen where you can scan a QR code in Steam’s new mobile app. There are buttons to sign in with a QR code or with another code.

Right here’s the display the place you may scan a QR code.
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The news feed in the new Steam mobile app. The first entry is about Final Fantasy XIV.

Right here’s what my information feed looks like.
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Valve is presently beta testing the app on iOS and Android, so it isn’t extensively accessible simply but. If you wish to strive it the beta, observe the directions on Valve’s web site, although when you’re on iOS, notice that there are variety of slots accessible attributable to Apple’s TestFlight restrictions.