The new year has just begun and we are already receiving several reports about the gaming world. We all know that Steam is one of the biggest gaming platforms in the world and that gamers are swarming the stage to see what new stuff it is offering for the new year.
Today, Steam announced that it reached a major milestone and broke the 25 million users for the first time since its launch. According to the fresh report, the platform peaked at approximately 25.4 million users, 7.4 million of which were in-game at the time.
Until we wait for any future updates from the platform here are some new features which the platform launched.
New Ways to Browse During the Holidays
Each holiday sale, Steam features thousands of titles on discount. As part of this year’s Autumn Sale, we introduced over a dozen genre- and theme-specific sale pages to help players browse and discover our most popular games on discount during the event. We found these themed pages drove more game store page visits during the sale than all but one other Steam store point of discovery – the grid of featured games at the top of the home page.
Given the popularity of these themed pages, we’ve introduced more of them in this year’s Winter Sale, and we’ve added some smarts so we’re able to now list them based on their likely relevance to you.
Once you arrive at one of these pages during the Winter Sale, you’ll discover several ways to browse the hundreds of games it features. Tabs offer common sub-genres, themes, or other tags shared by the hundreds of games featured on each page. Sections of these pages in some cases also display titles which all share a common theme such as viewpoint, player support, or additional themes. And because there are so many great games to feature on each of these pages, we’ve also introduced faceted browsing.
Faceted Browsing: Searching while Exploring
Faceted browsing lets you tell Steam what you’re looking for as you browse, by quickly filtering titles along with a variety of axes such as visual style, theme, mood, player support, and more. Concepts can be selected across categories to serve as quick AND search operations, while concepts can be selected within categories to serve as quick OR search operations.