Since its inception in 2003, Steam has been used as a central hub by millions of users for downloading, updating, and playing PC games. Many features have been added over the years including cloud saves, Steam Guard and various social networking tools, but its primary functions have always centered around gaming. That is, until now.
When you open the Steam client you’ll notice that Valve has launched some non-gaming apps in the store. Only a few titles are available right now: 3DMark Vantage, 3DMark 11, ArtRage Studio Pro, CameraBag 2, GameMaker: Studio, and 3D-Coat. Presumably they will feature automatic updates and cloud saves, just like the games do. And Valve says more titles are on the way.
These introductory apps will appeal to many Steam users since they include tools for photo editing, graphic design, and benchmarking – things that PC gamers tend to enjoy. But it’s still anyone’s guess if this endeavor will be successful in the long term, and it will be interesting to see what other categories of software become available.
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