Steam Live has received yet another huge update, this time adding some great new features and fixing some of those other little niggles! It’s an application that has been around for a while now and after a long stream of constant updates and improvements, it is bar far the best Steam Client for Windows Phone (At least until Valve releases their own official one!)
Some of the key features are as follows:
- Pin your profile to a live tile showcasing your latest games, playtime and other useful information.
- Get the latest Steam News with images directly on a Live Tile.
- Pin Steam Status information provided by SteamStat.us right to your homescreen on a live tile!
- View your friends list, games list, profile information, inventory, VAC ban status and much more in the application.
- Embracing the beautiful Windows Phone styling coupled with Steam colour schemes and utilising users profile background images.
Once your Live Tiles are pinned they will update as often as you want, there is an option inside the application. So you can always get the information you want, on your homescreen exactly when you want it!
On top of that, going directly into the application opens a whole world of information to browse. If you’ve got Steam and you’ve got a Windows Phone, it’s time to get Steam Live!
Find it in the store here.
Technical Stuff about this update:
Memory usage has been greatly improved in the latest update and more memory improvements will be coming to the application to keep it running properly on devices with 512MB of RAM. A while back when the application was more primitive, it would have just let the phone download every single image in a list. For example, when downloading all the users games and displaying them in a long list, it would download the image for every single game.
When you get folks with steam libraries 600+ games, the phones quickly run out of memory and crash! I’ve now implemented a much more efficient system where it will only downloaded the maximum number of images that can be seen on screen at any one time. For the Inventory for example, it won’t download/store more than 6 images in memory at any one time. The 6 images stored in memory are updated as you scroll down/up the list of items so it will only ever download the images in view and delete the ones that aren’t.
Also, the little niggle where you would open your profile, start scrolling and then it would glitch back to the starting panorama item has been fixed! It will no longer do this, I know how annoying this bug was so I’m really glad it’s fixed now 🙂