Valve deploys a handful of new experimental features for Steam, but these additions will not be directly directed to the front page of the showcase.
Instead, the company launched a database for gamers with potentially interesting new features called Steam Labs and opened access to the first three additions to the general public.
The tools and tests available vary in size and scope, but each represents a snapshot of Valve's in-house solutions to address some of the weaknesses of its hugely popular gaming platform.
Interactive Recommender is one of them, and developers curious to know the game recommendation tool powered by the neural network are generating buzz. You will find more information about this specific experience here, but in short, the tool uses game data, machine learning and other interactive criteria to create compelling game recommendations. and customized for Steam users.
In addition to that, Valve also launched two video-centric creations in Steam Labs, each featuring new games on the platform in their own way.
Micro Trailers generates short and long six-second trailers for games on Steam, an experimental feature proposed by Valve, which attempts to give Steam users a way to quickly detect titles that might interest them. Valve has already generated a handful of these titles. in slightly different presentation styles on his Steam Labs page.
The other video-driven creation, The Automated Show, aims to act as a kind of daily summary of new versions of Steam. This experiment features a half-hour (bot-generated) show that quickly reviews new additions of the day through categories such as 'new and popular' and individual genres.
"Right now, the automated show robot is a black obelisk in Boston, Massachusetts, and will only generate an episode if someone speaks a complex series of prime numbers in their electronic ears," says Valve. "It's mostly automated, but it takes a human to launch it. If we continue this experiment, we would like to do something daily or weekly without human intervention. "