Steam Upgrades Search Feature to Help You Find Exactly What You’re Looking For

Posted on February 26, 2020 by Mehedi Hassan in Games with 1 Comment

Steam has a ton of games and sometimes finding the exact game you are looking for can be quite difficult. The search feature on Steam already includes a range of different filters, but Steam is now taking that a step further.

The company is introducing some new updates to the search feature on Steam this week. The new features were tested and developed as part of Steam Labs. “By developing new features in Labs we’re able to experiment more, without impacting everyone who uses Steam,” says Steam.

The new update to Steam Search introduces a price filter, so you can now set a maximum price for your searches. That means Steam will no longer show games that are beyond your budget, and there’s now a “Special Offers” option that lets you discover titles that are on sale.

Steam Search also now lets users hide games they already have in their library, and it even lets users hide titles that are only available on VR. There’s a new filter for finding games in your language, too.

Another update to Steam Search is the improved “Narrow by tag” filter, which now shows the user a preview of how many results will be returned if a tag is used in the search, and it makes it easier for the user to exclude tags quickly as well. Steam says the company has also improved the “sort by relevance” algorithm that powers this feature. “Our ‘sort by relevance’ algorithm will also place heavier weight on tags you’ve requested, meaning you’ll see more relevant results up front, making it easier to find compelling titles, independent of whether they’re popular,” the company noted.

And last but not least, Steam Search now supports infinite scroll, which means it will automatically load the next set of search results as you scroll down, removing the need to manually click through the different search result pages.

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One response to “Steam Upgrades Search Feature to Help You Find Exactly What You’re Looking For”

  1. justme

    Eh, I dont know. I generally try to interact with Steam as little as possible these days, particularly since the "Netflix-ification" of your library - I use shortcuts from the Windows Start menu to launch my games. I have never had a problem finding Specials, and I will determine what is relevant to me or not, thank you very much Valve. Search always worked OK for what I needed.


    A quick glance at the Steam Community forums and what folks seem to be complaining about are the changes to your library, not search. Honestly, I see this as change for the sake of change. <shrug> Wish Valve would leave well enough alone for a while.

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