There are too many Steam games for anyone to keep track of, including Valve, and the company has spent the past few years working on ways to offload the curation and discovery process to a mysterious set of algorithms. Valve now plans to get its store experiments into players’ hand much sooner – so you can now try out another new set of features as we get closer to the Steam Library redesign.
Steam Labs is now live, and currently hosts three different ‘experiments.’ The first is a collection of micro-trailers, similar to the social media bots that post six-second clips of Steam trailers. These Micro Trailers can play as you hover over games, automatically as you scroll, or as grids of footage from a given game.
Perhaps the strangest of these experiments is the Automatic Show, which will procedurally build a 30-minute broadcast of footage from new and popular games, and present it all to you in a digest format. Valve wants to have text-to-speech voiceover for the show sourced from store descriptions, but says that the early voices have been a little too robotic.
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