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[RPS] Finally, An In-Built Way To Choose Steam Install Locations

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I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS FOREVER.
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See what I’m doing? See it? That most basic option we’ve all so desperately wanted from Steam for as long as it’s existed? Well, you can do it too, if you twiddle with the current beta.


You may well remember Alec found a neat third-party app that let you do this. Well now it can be done using just Steam itself.

It’s a fiddle at first, but once done you’re set. First of all, you’ll need to be in the Steam beta. To get there you need to run Steam, click on the file menu option Steam, then pick Settings. In there, you’ll see “CHANGE…” under “Beta participation”. Click on that, and opt into the beta. It’ll automatically restart, but when it’s done you’ll want to quit out completely.



SSD users rejoice.

No more symlinx or steam movers.

http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2012/09/11/finally-an-in-built-way-to-choose-steam-install-locations/

I am aware the article is from Sept. But I have been installing games since then. This is the first time I have seen it, it must be completely live now.

Or Steam just hates me
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Or you weren't part of the beta wink.gif

Does it apply to older games too? I have only seen it on newer games.
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Or you weren't part of the beta wink.gif
Does it apply to older games too? I have only seen it on newer games.

^ what he said, it has been on the beta for a while biggrin.gif

This feature seems to be really hit and miss.. some games just don't support it for whatever reason and it doesn't appear to be the age of the game that decides this. For example, Call of Duty: World at War (2008) works while Red Faction: Armageddon (2011) does not work rolleyes.gif
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I've had steam installed on a different drive for nearly two years. No steam mover or symlinks, etc. Wasn't that much of a problem. I can, however, verify that Assassin's Creed II doesn't work with this setup though.
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Glad we're getting features at the end of 2012 that should have been launch features on any similar software since 1999 rolleyes.gif

1 less thing Steam is terrible at I suppose...
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The best option for this is to just install Steam on your HDD and never let it touch your SSD in the first place.
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post #7 of 63
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The best option for this is to just install Steam on your HDD and never let it touch your SSD in the first place.

I would be inclined to disagree and say the best option other than full support for all games, would be having a bigger SSD to fit your entire library.

It doesn't make the game any faster, but it sure as heck makes it load faster. Which to me means more time in game, less time scratching myself waiting at a loading screen.
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The best option for this is to just install Steam on your HDD and never let it touch your SSD in the first place.

Well some people prefer the faster loading times. Me for example, I like having Fallout 3 on my SSD. Loading screens are nonexistent. However this is pointless for games such as Planetside 2 and DayZ which are based mostly client side and there are rarely loading screens. This is a nice feature that should have been added literally years ago. Even Origin has had this feature implemented for as long as I can remember. thumb.gif
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The best option for this is to just install Steam on your HDD and never let it touch your SSD in the first place.

Definitely not. There are plenty of games that I'd much rather have on my SSD. Battlefield 3 and Planetside 2 load very noticeably quicker on SSD.
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The best option for this is to just install Steam on your HDD and never let it touch your SSD in the first place.

Well some people prefer the faster loading times. Me for example, I like having Fallout 3 on my SSD. Loading screens are nonexistent. However this is pointless for games such as Planetside 2 and DayZ which are based mostly client side and there are rarely loading screens. This is a nice feature that should have been added literally years ago. Even Origin has had this feature implemented for as long as I can remember. thumb.gif

Are you kidding me? A loading screen comes up on Planetside 2 just to respawn at the warpgate. Doesn't make sense to me but it does come up a lot for me.
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Meh...I will just have Steam on my SSD and only have a couple games installed at a time. When I buy a new game I will back it up locally. When I am done with the game I delete local files. If I want to play the game again one day I will install it from the back up. It only takes about three minutes at most to install games that are 15GB in size. I am not usually playing musical games either...I will play one and only one game for a least a few weeks most times.
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