pcmag.comWe review products independently, but we may earn affiliate commissions from buying links on this page. Terms of use. Steam. It's the face of PC gaming and the reason why Valve won't release a game that people want to play in our lifetimes, aside from Half-Life spin-offs designed to sell VR headsets. GabeN and company's video game marketplace isn't the only place to purchase PC games—Epic Games Store, GOG, and Xbox are viable options, too—but Steam's footprint and infamous seasonal sales make it a popular online retail destination. With the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X slated to release this holiday, you may be tempted to pick up a next-gen console. However, exciting new graphics cards from AMD and Nvidia can give your PC an even greater power boost if you’re willing to upgrade. Games you purchase from Steam will look and play better than ever. Steam is so much more than a mere store, though. Its desktop client lets you do many things, including organizing your library, streaming your play sessions to an audience, and chatting with the homies. In short, Steam has a lot going on, but many of its more attractive and useful elements may go unrecognized by newcomers and long-time users alike.With that in mind, we’ve assembled a list of Steam tips that will help you get the most out of the application. It's an ever-growing list that will be expanded as time goes on.So, boot up your gaming desktop or laptop, fire up Steam, and prepare to learn what Valve's gaming software can really do with a little bit of effort on your part.

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