Valve Making Steam Better

Discussion in 'User Submitted News' started by Livin in a box, Jul 18, 2011.

  1. Livin in a box

    Livin in a box Livin' in a cardboard box

    Jul 18, 2008
    I’m not sure Steam can get much better. In fact, if I had to choose one thing that I’d like to see improved with the service, I’d be hard pressed to think of anything aside from the fantastical like “make everything cheaper” or “speed up downloads”.

    Hold on, that second one isn’t a pipe dream – Valve are actually going to make that happen.

    In an open letter, published on the Steam website, Valve have laid out their plans for updating Steam. Basically, it comes down to three things:

    Speeding up downloads at all times.
    Increasing capacity so that they are better able to cope with spikes in use of the service, for example, when big games are released and everyone tries to download and play them at once.
    Making it easier for publishers to get their content onto the service.
    All things which will make the Steam store even more convenient to use and hopefully lead other download services – like the PSN, XBLA and EA’s new Origin service – to bolster their own bandwidth.

    Oh, and Valve also throw out a little casual mention that DotA 2 will utilise the new distribution methods. So that’s as good as confirmation that DotA 2 is on the way very soon then. Hurrah![/p]


    TL;DR Valve are set to overhaul their content download system to enable faster downloading for all users and add more capacity so that the system can withstand spikes in downloading when a major game is released. No more Steam errors when trying to download a game!

    Good news for everyone, especially when there are some high profile games coming later this year. [​IMG]
  2. Ace

    Ace GBATemp's Patrick Bateman

    Apr 8, 2009
    Sounds like a reasonable plan, although downloads have ALWAYS been fast for me, going up to about 8-12 MB/s. I'm not sure it's gonna go much faster, but I guess they'll deal with it the day I decide to buy a high profile title on launch day.
  3. shakirmoledina

    shakirmoledina Legend

    Oct 23, 2004
    Dar es Salaam
    how many ppl can actually go above 10MB? i bet most ppl get around 2MB, am i wong?
  4. Ace

    Ace GBATemp's Patrick Bateman

    Apr 8, 2009
    Well, with unlimited 100 Mbit/s, It's not entirely impossible. In fact, it's likely always around those speeds when I download [​IMG]
  5. Wizerzak

    Wizerzak Because I'm a potato!

    May 30, 2010
    United Kingdom
    This is good new for people with super fast internet connections but unfortunately this probably won't make a whole lot of difference to me.
  6. raulpica

    raulpica With your drill, thrust to the sky!

    Oct 23, 2007
    PowerLevel: 9001
    Finally. Steam took ages to download Portal 2 for me.
  7. Slyakin

    Slyakin See ya suckers

    Oct 15, 2008
    United States
    Soviet Slyakin
    I hope they optimize it for people with slower internet speeds first.

    I can download a game just fine; I don't need to download Crysis 3 in 5 seconds.
  8. Satangel

    Satangel BEAST

    Nov 27, 2006
    Bruges, Belgium
    Nice. And my internet finally upgraded too, finally I'm able to download things at 1 MB/s or more!
  9. purechaos996

    purechaos996 GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Nov 5, 2008
    United States
    Downloaded 10Gbs in like an hour...Is that not fast? xD i'm not against it going faster but how much faster can they go?? Its already the best IMO.
  10. Livin in a box

    Livin in a box Livin' in a cardboard box

    Jul 18, 2008
    Not during peak download times it's not. You can get like 150kb/s sometimes when a big game is just released.
  11. machomuu

    machomuu Drops by occasionally

    Sep 4, 2009
    United States
    The Courtroom
    Great. Now get rid of the stupid "Limited User" thing.
  12. junkerde

    junkerde Banned

    Jan 3, 2011
    United States
    i remeber my download for Team Fortress 2 when it became free, steam servers fucken sucked ass, pos servers so slow.....a pain but i managed
  13. SamAsh07

    SamAsh07 GBAtemp Addict

    Jan 27, 2009
    Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Bah, my download speeds dont go higher than 120 kbps. Can't even upgrade, ISPs here are rip offs, an 8 MBPS package comes at a monthly cost with which you could buy a brand new 3DS monthly -.-
  14. Bladexdsl

    Bladexdsl ZOMG my's over 9000!!!

    Nov 17, 2008
    i can get 12mb...most of the time [​IMG]
  15. injected11

    injected11 Crescent Fresh™

    Jul 17, 2009
    United States
    I've read that they will start using a new patch/update process that only alters the parts of existing files that need to be changed, rather than downloading an entire replacement file every time. Should save them some server strain, and save us time (assuming it works right).

    Neat. You're complaining about a slow download during one of the, if not THE busiest time for their servers this year, as they give you a full-fledged game for free.
  16. Foxi4

    Foxi4 On the hunt...

    pip Reporter
    Sep 13, 2009
    Gaming Grotto
    1. No Half-Life Ep.3
    2. STILL the exact same Source Engine that still has the original Quake I pubes on it. Isn't it about time to stop improving and start programming something *new*? You know, like, everybody else? Portal 2 got to a point where you were thrown back to the Desktop each 15 nanoseconds, usually in the worst moments imaginable, due to critical errors. DITCH.THE.SOURCE.

    Sorry Valve, you'll have to try harder to impress me.
  17. Jamstruth

    Jamstruth Secondary Feline Anthropomorph

    Apr 23, 2009
    North East Scotland
    Never had that problem with Portal 2. It has never crashed on either of the computers I've used it on. I do agree that Valve need to program a new Engine and make a big new release for it to launch it. SOmething as moddable and versatile as Source is kind of hard to give up on though...
  18. DSGamer64

    DSGamer64 Canadian, Eh?

    Nov 9, 2007
    A cold cold place
    Half the time I only get 500Kb a second, the other half of the time I cap out my download speed. I'd prefer to have capped download speed on my service ALL the time, not 50% of the time.
  19. Richy Freeway

    Richy Freeway GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Oct 9, 2006
    Don't care about download speeds, that's not an issue.

    What is an issue is that of the 4 user accounts I have on my PC, we have 2 seperate steam accounts.

    Steam never remembers the password for either account anyway, and my steam account can remain logged in when my son is in his user profile, so he has to log out of steam and put his details in.

    I ended up buying Super Meat Boy twice, so he could play it too. Turns out I wasted my money, as I could have just copied the folder.

    Make Steam work with multiple users! It's such a BASIC thing to have. At least make it remember my fscking password!

  20. DrOctapu

    DrOctapu Magnificent Bastard

    Dec 23, 2008
    United States
    Everything cheaper? Steam games are some of the cheapest games I've bought, dude.
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