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A Steam Year-In-Review feature is allegedly in the works


By TechThop Team

Posted on: 19 Aug, 2022

Steam might be working on a brand new feature for its winter sale, according to data miner Pavel Djundik. Steam could have a year-in-review feature similar to Spotify Wrapped, based on an API found by a data miner.

In the API that Djundik found, various statistics are displayed for Steam accounts. In addition to Microsoft Windows, it also includes Steam Deck and VR headset playtimes.

In December, Steam will release a year-in-review along with its winter sale, according to this information. As well as giving gamers funny information to share with friends, it would also allow Steam to promote more games that match players' interests. It will increase the platform's sales if those games are targeted better.

It's still pretty far away from December, even though Mariah Carey will soon be back on the air. In either case, Steam has plenty of time to go further with that year-in-review idea or scrap it entirely.

It is possible for Steam's year-in-review feature to quickly backfire, however. It might be awkward to share your gaming binge on Spotify or Deezer if you enjoy sharing your favorite songs on those platforms. Is it really what you want people to know that you've spent 500 hours playing Hatoful Boyfriend or Counter-Strike: Global Offensive without inviting your friends?

In spite of those cases, sharing a love for gaming could be a great way to discover new games. It can be helpful to see someone else's Steam year-in-review so that you are aware of new indie titles that are worth exploring. As a bonus, it would draw some attention to Steam's winter sale, and Valve definitely wants you to buy more games.

The Steam shop is already tailored to your gaming preferences. It is more likely that Steam will suggest similar games if you have spent many hours playing a particular game.

In addition, it has a Discovery Queue that introduces you to games you've never played before. The review of a random player might not be as interesting as seeing games already approved by your friends.

A year-in-review feature launched by Steam at the end of the year wouldn't make it the first gaming company to do so. In both PlayStation and Nintendo, you can see how many hours you spent playing a game. It's not as fancy as Spotify Wrapped, and you can't tell which games will protect you from Vecna. The information is still worth sharing with fellow players.

It's still pretty far away from December, even though Mariah Carey will soon be back on the air. In either case, Steam has plenty of time to go further with that year-in-review idea or scrap it entirely.

It is possible for Steam's year-in-review feature to quickly backfire, however. It might be awkward to share your gaming binge on Spotify or Deezer if you enjoy sharing your favorite songs on those platforms. Is it really what you want people to know that you've spent 500 hours playing Hatoful Boyfriend or Counter-Strike: Global Offensive without inviting your friends?

In spite of those cases, sharing a love for gaming could be a great way to discover new games. It can be helpful to see someone else's Steam year-in-review so that you are aware of new indie titles that are worth exploring. Additionally, it would draw attention to Steam's winter sale, and Valve is sure to want to sell you more games with this promotion.

The Steam shop is already tailored to your gaming preferences. It is more likely that Steam will suggest similar games if you have spent many hours playing a particular game. The Discovery Queue introduces you to new games you haven't played yet. The review of a friend you haven't met may be more interesting than that of a random player.

A year-in-review feature launched by Steam at the end of the year wouldn't make it the first gaming company to do so. In both PlayStation and Nintendo, you can see how many hours you spent playing a game. It's not as fancy as Spotify Wrapped, and you can't tell which games will protect you from Vecna. The information is still worth sharing with fellow players.

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