If you love getting free games on Steam, a new Steam update has just made the process of claiming free games and free DLC add-ons a little easier. The new addition might not seem like much at first, but it makes building up that backlog pile in your Steam library much smoother, meaning you can engage in even more of the games you know, in your heart, that you probably don’t know. have time to move.
The new update adds a blue “Add to Library” button to free games and DLC alongside the usual green “Install Game”, “Play Game”, or “Download” buttons that previously appeared. This means you can now quickly add the free content to your Steam library without having to start the installation process. Previously, the method to claim free games required you to start the installation process – you could cancel the installation afterwards and the game would remain in your account, but that was a hassle nonetheless, so that’s a change welcome quality of life.
Likewise, it makes it easier to pick free DLCs and add-ons for your games – typically, many games will automatically launch when you attempt to claim free DLCs. This is perhaps an even more useful change in this case, as many games such as Dying Light 2 and Monster Hunter: World that offered many free add-ons spread across separate Steam store listings would launch the game each time that you want to add one of them to your account.
Alejandro LL, PC Game Data Coordinator (who goes through Morwul on Twitter) highlighted the new feature, which was quickly picked up by users on the Steam subreddit. Many were quick to celebrate the announcement, while some joked that it took Steam almost twenty years to add this feature. That’s hardly a stretch – the platform first launched in September 2003, with the first game to require it (Half-Life 2) arriving in November 2004.
Other users have expressed bewilderment at the positive feedback given that you can always undo the installation process – but anything that makes it a bit easier to fill your library with those juicy free games is bound to be welcome, and the ability to quickly dump all of a game’s free add-on content into your account without having to start the game is welcome.
Personally, I hadn’t claimed half of the free cosmetic expansions for Monster Hunter: World, despite spending hundreds of hours in-game, because the process was so clumsy. Previously, every time you clicked “download” the game would start whether you wanted it to or not. Now, with just a few clicks, all those extra hairstyles that I’ll probably never use are mine forever. After all, clogging up your Steam backlog with cheap and free goodies has been a longstanding tradition since the service launched all those years ago.
If you’re looking for the best way to play all your new goodies, Valve has rolled out official Steam Joy-Con support for Nintendo Switch controllers. If you prefer PlayStation or Xbox pads, you can take advantage of the Steam controller lighting options. Meanwhile, you might have noticed a recent change to Valve’s storefront as new rules prohibit reviews and rewards in Steam game art – although when grabbing free games you don’t have to. not much to lose anyway.