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[Steam] December 3, 2012 - Steam Client Update Released

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Not sure if this should go here or in software news, but Steam just released a client update. Note the item in bold below. Thank god, finally!!! Even if it is maybe a small number of games.
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Changes:
- Added Big Picture mode which is optimized for using Steam fullscreen with a Gamepad on HDTVs
- Games managed by the new content system can select alternate installation locations other than the Steam folder (Windows)
- Fixed the in-game overlay not recognizing correctly which game is running sometimes when running a non-Steam shortcut
- Fixed some potential GDI handle leaks in the Steam client (Windows)
- Fixed Steam Cloud occasionally not syncing files it should
- Fixed a bug where entering a password-protected content beta without a password would act like it succeeded even though it hand’t
- Improved TGA validation in image loading code
- Improved steam:// URL validation in some cases
- Fixed a new in-game overlay crash in very specific scenarios on Windows 8 with legacy DX9 games
- Fixed problems uppercasing some characters (e.g. Greek terminal sigma)
- Fixed error retrieving third party cd keys when launching games on OS X (OSX)
- Fix the in-game overlay to correctly inject when a launcher calls ShellExecute with an empty string for the verb (Windows, fixes SWTOR)
- Improvements to the change email wizard

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post #2 of 10
Big picture mode is also finally available for stable client if i recall correctly.

Steam Big Picture Available Now
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Week-long Steam Sale on Big Picture-Friendly Games

December 3rd, 2012 -- Valve today announced the public release of Big Picture, Steam's new mode that lets gamers access all of their favorite Steam games on a television from the comfort of their sofa. Big Picture has been designed to be used with a traditional gamepad, while also fully supporting keyboard and mouse input.

To celebrate the public launch of Big Picture, over thirty controller-friendly games will be on sale from now until December 10, with savings up to 75% off.

For the alternate game install locations, the game needs to use .acf file extension like DotA 2 (appmanifest_570.acf). Games using older content system like .ncf and .gcf do not have the ability for alternate game install locations.
Edited by Riou - 12/3/12 at 4:50pm
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Yea, kinda why I put the "limited number of games" part. Hopefully Valve will work to move all games/content over to the new system eventually.
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Yea, kinda why I put the "limited number of games" part. Hopefully Valve will work to move all games/content over to the new system eventually.

I'd imagine they will. I've been using beta for a while and have noticed that after a drive swap steam asked to convert discovered game files to the newer content system.
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Yea, kinda why I put the "limited number of games" part. Hopefully Valve will work to move all games/content over to the new system eventually.

This is great news, but while they don't implement it to all games, I wonder why they couldn't use the same system SteamMover uses. It requires very little coding and no licensing, it's basically just making use of a Windows' NTFS feature.
 
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I have heard a little about having steam install games in other directories, but why? Is it better?
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Got a bit of warning if you're updating. This update broke a friend's Steam Library. He said a majority of his games became only partially installed and that whenever he tried to go to Steam -> Settings -> Downloads+Cloud and click Steam Library folders, it froze and crashed. Ended up having to do a fresh install of Steam. His install was on a separate HDD, so I guess I'll throw this out for those that may have their Steam games on another drive. I haven't updated yet because of it as mine is also on another drive, want to see if it's a common issue.

Reason why you'd want to install your games on a different drive is a simple answer: space. Like me, if you're only running on a SSD as your main disk and you have a 300GB Steam library, that's where you'd want to move it to another HDD.
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I have heard a little about having steam install games in other directories, but why? Is it better?

People who have Steam on their SSD's and don't have room for all there games. Makes it easier than creating hard links and junctions. A feature that was so so so far past due.
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^ What he said.

This option (as well as the majority of) was available in the beta; it is a welcome addition.
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People who have Steam on their SSD's and don't have room for all there games. Makes it easier than creating hard links and junctions. A feature that was so so so far past due.

Yes sir. only got a 160 GB SSD with the OS taking up a lot of that. This makes it so much more convenient.
     
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