- Dec 15, 2017
Other platform holders develop good games. I much rather have steam develop big games year after year. They have the tech and money to develop high end PC exclusive games buy yay soundtracks I guess...
It's an "old style" soundtrack (from before this change). New soundtracks appear in the library with their track selection, etc so there's no weird stuff with audio files (you can still of course open the folder where the soundtrack is stored and copy it to another device, etc)
This is the old system, and it'll show all music files it can find within any Steam folders. You can turn this off here if you don't want any random files (such as those voice files):
Valve iterates like crazy. People are providing summaries here that are showing some highlights rather than every single thing, and how something simple blows up into something huge. By your logic, Valve should do nothing at all - they got the money and no share holders to push them
Disregarding the platform bait (and the minimal argument presented in the OP) - OP is right - Steam is putting out so much and iterates like crazy, with more tools and features with genuine big impact utility and benefits, all year round for over a decade.
What's the difference between buying it on Amazon or Steam?
One reason I can think of would be convenient streaming to Echo devices. You can do it with files from alternate sources (music that isn't in your Amazon digital library) but last time I looked it seemed cumbersome to set up (so I didn't bother!)
you missed:OP uses the soundtrack thing as an example for Steam constantly improving
"But I don't even like soundtracks"
"Why would I buy soundtracks when I could listen to them on some other service?"
"Music is bad"
"Why would you listen to soundtracks when you could listen to *some other music*"
Kinda missing the point folks
What's the difference between buying it on Amazon or Steam?
You just get some MP3s, why does it matter where they come from
I mean, streaming isn't for everyone due to bandwidth issues, and Spotify isn't worldwide. More than that, though, this allows devs to sell music on the same store where the game is, decreasing friction for consumers. Less clicks to buy something = more chance of selling something.
they offer some advantages:To be fair on console the platform tends to get better with each console lifecycle, so you don't see the same progressive iteration there.
I don't use Steam but on Playstation there's not actually a lot that I feel I want, that I don't have in terms of operating system functionality. I'd really like to be able to gift games to my friends, that seems like quite a rudimentary feature with obvious benefits to the platform holder, but that aside I don't want for much. If someone told me they were improving the sound track feature on PS4, I can't say I'd care. Maybe I'm being silly, but why would you even buy a soundtrack on these platforms and not a music distribution platform like Amazon, Itunes, or simply listening to them on Spotify?
Wait till you hear that part where nearly no other digital gaming platform has start to even offer soundtracks.I guess if you have no other way to listen to music on your computer Steam can let you do that now...
I can't believe it took them this long to stop treating soundtracks like DLC to be honest. I'm always happy when devs allow more people to legally buy soundtracks for their games. (Although to be honest most people just take the music from the files lol)
I hate the Steam music player and lack of ability to stream / download direct to my phone - so it isn't close to being ideal yet - but that they are taking it more seriously, encouraging high quality / lossless audio formats to be included, is HUGE for me, and it look likely they will step into the direction I want.they offer some advantages:
Buying certain soundtracks on Steam will have the associated game unlock the tracks in-game. you gets multiple quality of the tracks, bigger selections, doesn’t require a subscription service and most importantly, you keep local copy of the music files onto your PC, allowing you to transfer to and play on any music players and platforms you want.
Wait till you hear that part where nearly no other digital gaming platform has start to even offer soundtracks.
If I listen to music with lyrics I get distracted while reading or working. It’s not an all or nothing thing.
You use steam to buy them, not listen to them. You can listen to them on any player of your choosing (including Spotify). You can't buy stuff through Spotify. These are completely different things, not equatable in the slightest.
Not just PC but gaming platforms in general. Playstation store offer soundtracks, but they only offer bare-bone format and features for soundtrack, many missing details info for people who have no idea what they are getting for buying the soundtrack, not to mention the significant lesser selections. Playstation store may be in the second place, but that doesn’t mean they are close to what Steam has to offer.
i do agree there’s still room for improvement, I just pinged one of the valve staffer some suggestions so hopefully they will listen.I hate the Steam music player and lack of ability to stream / download direct to my phone - so it isn't close to being ideal yet - but that they are taking it more seriously, encouraging high quality / lossless audio formats to be included, is HUGE for me, and it look likely they will step into the direction I want.
But I do think your laser focused on this point, which is fair when other gaming vendors aren't even trying.
Steam has such a ton of features I simply use so regularly, and importantly, they keep finding ways to add more value to both new purchases and your existing library, to encourage you to keep choosing Steam over a competitor.
No complaints from me on that front, but it starts to look laughable looking at other gaming services being just stagnant
It's the better it's ever been both in aesthetic and usability.
A mix of factors.Green man Gaming tried that and it didn't work out
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I'm not sure why they stopped though i'd guess it was the lack of publisher support
Is there a way to remove the soundtrack stuff from the store? I like going through the que to see things and now it's filled to the brim with soundtracks.
I can understand that people out there like a lot of the stuff they have added but I wish I could turn most of the features off. Community features, this new soundtrack stuff, streaming, the achievements and cards.
In the client, click on your username, then Store Preferences.
From there, you can add the Soundtrack tag to the list of excluded tags - which should remove them from your queue - as well as set Live Broadcasts to be hidden. Achievements and Cards will still show, but they're not exactly shoved in your face like the Soundtrack listings and live broadcasts.
Epic store, IMO, looks great. But a lot of that comes at the price of less functionality/information. They have a lot less games that they're trying to give exposure to, and its clean look is largely due to not actually providing enough information about games
Being open platform has more benefits than drawbacksOne way to improve Steam would be not allowing massive amounts of shitgames being released on the service every week, and I don’t see them doing any efforts on that front. They even encourage developers to release unfinished games and still charge for them, which is a crazy concept to me.
I mean, worst case scenario is that you now have another option that you won't use.Thinking about Amazon versus Steam again, the latter at least has sales on its content. In my experience Amazon never does sales on their digital music, though it is often possible to get the music added to your digital library cheaper through AutoRip, by buying the CD version instead. In fact, I think most of the music in my digital library is through AutoRip!
Well yeah:I mean, worst case scenario is that you now have another option that you won't use.
But, for example, the Disco Elysium soundtrack is not on Amazon or Spotify and that's my soundtrack of the year (and I will also happily give the devs of the game some more money)
But I'm not opposed to buying a soundtrack on Steam if that's the only place I could get it either.
Its 2020 and almost no other gaming platforms else has any proper soundtrack feature in any form. Thats’ the lol part. Sony has one messy soundtrack system on PS Store, and Epic’s one might as well doesn’t exist.
Astroturf. Implying the OP is astroturfing and either works for Valve or is being paid to say positive things about Steam.
Steam over the years has grown to have a LOT of game soundtracks (stupidly implemented as game DLC). Steam making these more accessible to purchase and leaning into supporting them for real is a great thing. It really makes sense to have the soundtrack for purchase on the same place you buy the game... and generally developers will discount them at the same time as the actual game.