Valve Making Steam Better

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

Jul 18, 2011
  1. Livin in a box
    OP

    Member Livin in a box Livin' in a cardboard box

    Joined:
    Jul 18, 2008
    Messages:
    1,794
    Location:
    Purgatory
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    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]

    Source

    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

    Member Ace GBATemp's Patrick Bateman

    Joined:
    Apr 8, 2009
    Messages:
    1,035
    Location:
    Manhattan
    Country:
    Sweden
    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

    Member shakirmoledina Legend

    Joined:
    Oct 23, 2004
    Messages:
    6,611
    Location:
    Dar es Salaam
    Country:
    Tanzania
    how many ppl can actually go above 10MB? i bet most ppl get around 2MB, am i wong?
     
  4. Ace

    Member Ace GBATemp's Patrick Bateman

    Joined:
    Apr 8, 2009
    Messages:
    1,035
    Location:
    Manhattan
    Country:
    Sweden
    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

    Member Wizerzak Because I'm a potato!

    Joined:
    May 30, 2010
    Messages:
    2,784
    Location:
    United Kingdom
    Country:
    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

    Supervisor raulpica With your drill, thrust to the sky!

    Joined:
    Oct 23, 2007
    Messages:
    10,672
    Location:
    _____________ PowerLevel: 9001
    Country:
    Italy
    Finally. Steam took ages to download Portal 2 for me.
     
  7. Slyakin

    Member Slyakin See ya suckers

    Joined:
    Oct 15, 2008
    Messages:
    4,450
    Location:
    Soviet Slyakin
    Country:
    United States
    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

    Member Satangel BEAST

    Joined:
    Nov 27, 2006
    Messages:
    10,255
    Location:
    Bruges, Belgium
    Country:
    Belgium
    Nice. And my internet finally upgraded too, finally I'm able to download things at 1 MB/s or more!
     
  9. purechaos996

    Member purechaos996 GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2008
    Messages:
    765
    Location:
    Connecticut
    Country:
    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
    OP

    Member Livin in a box Livin' in a cardboard box

    Joined:
    Jul 18, 2008
    Messages:
    1,794
    Location:
    Purgatory
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Not during peak download times it's not. You can get like 150kb/s sometimes when a big game is just released.
     
  11. machomuu

    Member machomuu Drops by occasionally

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2009
    Messages:
    8,437
    Location:
    The Courtroom
    Country:
    United States
    Great. Now get rid of the stupid "Limited User" thing.
     
  12. junkerde

    Banned junkerde Banned

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2011
    Messages:
    483
    Country:
    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

    Member SamAsh07 GBAtemp Addict

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2009
    Messages:
    2,693
    Location:
    Bahrain
    Country:
    Bahrain
    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

    Member Bladexdsl ZOMG my posts...it's over 9000!!!

    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2008
    Messages:
    14,355
    Location:
    Queensland
    Country:
    Australia
    i can get 12mb...most of the time [​IMG]
     
  15. injected11

    Member injected11 Crescent Fresh™

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2009
    Messages:
    1,776
    Country:
    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

    Reporter Foxi4 On the hunt...

    pip
    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2009
    Messages:
    22,735
    Location:
    Gaming Grotto
    Country:
    Poland
    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

    Member Jamstruth Secondary Feline Anthropomorph

    Joined:
    Apr 23, 2009
    Messages:
    3,456
    Location:
    North East Scotland
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    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

    Member DSGamer64 Canadian, Eh?

    Joined:
    Nov 9, 2007
    Messages:
    2,931
    Location:
    A cold cold place
    Country:
    Canada
    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

    Member Richy Freeway GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Joined:
    Oct 9, 2006
    Messages:
    776
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    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

    Member DrOctapu Magnificent Bastard

    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2008
    Messages:
    1,207
    Location:
    Hell.
    Country:
    United States
    Everything cheaper? Steam games are some of the cheapest games I've bought, dude.
     

Share This Page