While the main Steam app itself has improved over the years, it’s still pretty easy to look at Valve’s approach to store and platform design, look at competitors like Google and Apple and see how everything goes a little quaint. Steam’s mobile app was one of the biggest offenders in this regard, so it’s great to see it getting a massive update today.
The valve has “completely redesigned” the app on iOS and Android, introducing:
– Two-factor authentication to ensure only you have access to your account
– QR Code Login – Scan a QR code to login to Steam instead of entering a password or…
– Login Confirmation – Confirm your regular Steam logins with a simple “approve” or “decline”
– Authorized Devices – Manage access to devices your account is logged in to
– Easy access to store, community, news, and more. where you are
– Your library with access to your game content, chats, guides, support, and more.
– Remotely download games and updates to your PC, managed from your phone
– Customizable Steam Notifications: Wishlist, Sales, Comments, Trades, Chats, Friend Requests, etc.
– Trade and market confirmations – to ensure that items do not leave your account without your approval
– An improved Store browsing experience for mobile screens
– Support for using multiple Steam accounts in the app
– Customizable tabs
From QR codes to remote download, these are all great additions we’ve come to expect from stores in the modern era. You can see the new app in action in the video below, which is far happier than we ever expected from this company:
Design enthusiasts will note that the app now shares many of the same design cues as the desktop storefront, suggesting that Valve may in fact have opted for a cohesive design identity. for its platformwhich would be a first for the company.
If you want to get into the details of the new app, you can read more about Valve’s announcement Blog.