Valve is adding new features to its Steam store search system, enabling users to filter out games they already own, set the highest price, and avoid VR-only games without a VR headset. These updates are part of its ongoing Steam Labs experiment, and although small for the game storefront, there may be positive adjustments.
As Valve explained in his blog post, the new options should reduce results and make them really useful only to game users. You can evict purchased games, put them in your wish list or ignore them. You can also exclude tags or add tags if you need to avoid specific types or topics. And, you can hide games that require VR headsets without deleting VR games that are also running on normal screens.
Valve also claims that Steam will automatically load the next page of results when you scroll, instead of letting you click the page manually. If you are concerned about being addicted to Steam search, you can disable this option in your preferences.
Developers (and players) complain that Steam just has too many games to meaningfully categorize. This doesn't solve the problem, but theoretically it makes the sorting process easier-or at least encourages users to click on content outside of Steam's featured games. Earlier this month, the company also updated its "anti-censorship bomb" campaign to users, saying it had been involved in 44 incidents since early 2019....