Today, Valve announced the official launch of a limited access beta for its new Steam Community features, showcasing a simpler, streamlined social experience.
Four main updates set the stage for integrating gameplay and game content with the social aspects of the widely popular platform.
There will now be game hubs for every single title available on Steam. This will allow players to browse and rate a variety of content for any given title, and provide a discussion area for players to talk about the game they’re currently playing. The first hub is actually now available to celebrate the launch of a new game mode in Team Fortress 2 known as Man vs. Machine.
Valve also plans to update the player groups in hopes of making it much easier to learn what a specific group is all about. Groups will also feature a private and/or public discussion area similar to that of the new game hubs.
User generated content will receive a little bit more attention, as Valve hopes to make it easier to showcase your top-rated content as well as favorite items for sharing with friends.
Finally, Valve hopes to make your interactions with your Steam friends much smoother. It will be simpler to access/rate friends content and activities. There will also be the ability to broadcast game specific status updates.
The beta is open to the first 50,000 steam members with the ‘Pillar of the steam Community’ badge. This invite also includes an extra to share. Valve plans to incrementally increase beta activity until the public launch.