Today, Valve announced that new software applications would be coming to the Steam Store on the 5th of September. Here’s part of the official press release:
The Software titles coming to Steam range from creativity to productivity. Many of the launch titles will take advantage of popular Steamworks features, such as easy installation, automatic updating, and the ability to save your work to your personal Steam Cloud space so your files may travel with you.
More Software titles will be added in an ongoing fashion following the September 5th launch, and developers will be welcome to submit Software titles via Steam Greenlight.
“The 40 million gamers frequenting Steam are interested in more than playing games,” said Mark Richardson at Valve. “They have told us they would like to have more of their software on Steam, so this expansion is in response to those customer requests.”
A very interesting move, indeed! And it certainly seems like Valve is taking it very seriously, as the Steamworks suite of features will almost certainly make for an excellent user experience on all fronts. I can definitely see why they would – this represents an incredibly significant move for Steam as a whole, and it makes sense not only from a business perspective, but also from a customer-first perspective (Valve’s specialty).
Let’s think of it this way. A large majority of Netizens (hopefully this is the last time I have to use that term) are either involved in software and media development, or are very interested in getting their feet wet in these domains. So what better way to help them out with getting involved, than by giving them the means to do so, as part of the Steam experience?
And supporting independent software development through Steam Greenlight? Now you’re talking, Valve – this is all starting to sound unbelievably exciting!
Valve gave no further details on what we can expect to see in this launch wave of Software apps, or on the possible pricepoints of these software apps. However, these are the 10 software categories that were accidentally made accessible in the Steam Mobile app back in July:
- Animation & Modelling
- Audio Production
- Design & Illustration
- Photo Editing
- Software Training
- Video Production
- Web Publishing
I can only assume that we can expect to see quite a few of these in the original launch set. Hopefully they aren’t too pricey, though!
In any case, I think we can all agree that the Summer Sales are about to get a lot more interesting!
Credit to ValveTime for publicizing July’s software discoveries on the Steam Mobile app’s Store.