I wish to play indie video games on my Swap, and after I do, I don’t want Steam telling me about them on PC. Up till this level, my solely possibility for hiding these suggestions was to click on “ignore.” However that may get rid of them from consideration in Steam’s suggestion algorithms. However now, you’ll be able to inform Steam that you simply already performed the sport on one other platform whenever you hit the ignore button.
“Video games are enjoyable, and you must play them wherever you favor,” Valve enterprise developer Tom Giardino wrote in a submit on Twitter. “Because of a latest replace, you’ll be able to inform Steam that you simply already performed a sport elsewhere. That manner, we gained’t waste time suggesting it to you, however it could nonetheless assist information future suggestions.”
— Steam Database (@SteamDB) August 14, 2019
That is a part of Valve’s ongoing efforts to enhance discoverability on its game-distribution platform. Steam is the most important portal for promoting video games on PC, but it surely additionally has 1000’s of releases to select from. This could make discovering video games it’s possible you’ll like really feel overwhelming.
To handle this downside, Valve has put plenty of work into algorithms to recommend video games based mostly on what video games you play and the way lengthy you play them. However when you break up your time between numerous platforms, it’s probably that Steam doesn’t have a full image of who you’re.
For instance, I performed Useless Cells on Swap for 100 hours. Steam doesn’t find out about that. Now, I can inform it that I performed it elsewhere. And when you’ve ignored video games previously, you’ll be able to return and replace to say that you simply performed them on one other retailer.
“However you shouldn’t really feel compelled to return and alter the state on all these video games,” Valve enterprise developer Alden Kroll wrote on Twitter. “The plan is to feed the brand new ‘performed on different platforms’ information into new suggestion engines resembling [the Interactive Recommender].”