Valve has finally announced the new Steam Library Update which will go live on September 17 in open beta. Anyone can opt-in and give the new UI a try. Here’s a rundown of what this update will offer along with some new screenshots.

  • A brand new way to look at things: The first thing you’ll probably notice is that we’re launching a gorgeous new landing page for your library. The new library home gives you quick access to game updates, recently played games, friends activity and your collections.
  • Stay connected with your games and friends: We’re making it easier for you to stay on top of the changes happening to your games and who is playing what. One of things we know you love about Steam is being able to engage directly with your games as they evolve over time. The new library makes it simple to see not just if a game has been updated but, with the new events feature, what that update is and why you should boot it up and give it a shot.
  • Stay in-the-know about your games with Events: Odds are, you’ve got games in your library that had incredible updates or limited-time events and you never even knew. Well, those days are over. We wanted to strike a balance between an in-library event feature that let you know about all the great things happening with the games you already own without bombarding you with notifications.
  • New Developer Tools: We’re taking the first step today by giving developers access to new editor tools for events and announcements, as well as upgrading the events and announcements pages for players. While we’re putting the finishing touches on the new library you can follow the Steam blog for more updates and in-depth information about the new library before we open the public beta on September 17th.