Steam has tweaked the process of getting free PC games or DLC to make it a little more convenient, and it’s a change that has been met with great happiness (or bewilderment in some cases).
If you’re a regular Steam user, you’ll no doubt remember that if a game is free on Steam and you want the title to claim it, you have no choice but to click play, which triggers the installation process. You can cancel this, after a short wait while the cogs turn a bit, but this is a bit unnecessary.
Now Valve has introduced an ‘Add to Library’ button that you can click to add the product to your game library, and that’s it – no need to cancel an installation you don’t want.
Likewise with free DLC, picking it up launches the game – and now, instead of happening, you can just click to grab the content and that’s it; a clearly easier and more convenient process.
Analysis: Leaping for joy amid head-scratching attacks
There has been a lot of celebration over what is effectively a small – but useful – tweak here. In fact, our sister site PC player (opens in new tab) realized this had happened and declared it an ‘absolutely majestic’ change for the better, no less.
Others like Reddit have given similar praise, amid comments that Valve took long enough to do this, and it really should have been years ago. With other players scratching their heads or shrugging their shoulders about why some people are making a big deal out of it.
as an inhabitant of reddit (opens in new tab) put: “Wait, what? I mean, on the one hand, why did it take so long? On the other hand, was closing that dialog that hard?”
Well, to be fair, it wasn’t a huge issue, but it’s still a quality of life improvement that we’re happy to see happen on Steam, particularly when there might be a lot of DLC to grab (which then could mean the user doesn’t bothers, rather than having to repeatedly suffer the game starting).