I’ve used the Steam iOS app quite a bit since getting the Steam Deck, but every time I open the app I’ve had to deal with an interface that just feels like it. old — the overall design hasn’t been updated in a very long time. It seems that Valve feels that way too, as it’s now beta testing a new version of the app that looks completely different and, if you ask me, dramatically better.
In blog post, Valve mentions the new design as one of the app’s major new features, and the improvements, at least in my brief test on iOS, were immediately apparent. For example, the app now has a navigation bar at the bottom of the screen where you can navigate to things like the store, your news feed, and the Steam Guard section.
But this app doesn’t just have a fresh coat of paint; it is built on the “new framework” and has some additional features. My personal favourite? You can now scan the QR code from the Steam Guard section to log into your Steam account, as you might recognize from the Discord mobile app. Valve also says the new Steam app has “smarter notifications, an improved library, and multi-account support,” and you can still do things like browse the store and confirm any trades.
Valve is currently beta testing the app on iOS and Android, so it’s not widely available yet. If you want to try the beta version, follow the instructions on the Valve websitethough if you’re on iOS, note that there are a number of slots available due to Apple’s TestFlight restrictions.