The Steam store algorithm aims to bring customers interesting recommendations based off their prior purchase history. However, with the rise of competing platforms it’s becoming a tad bit harder for the Steam machines – not those ones – to recommend content that players don’t already own elsewhere.
Now, those who peruse Valve’s popular store will be able to circumvent this issue. After all, you don’t want to double dip on the same – technically – platform. From now on, you’ll be able to tag games as “owned on another platform” so that Valve can continue to recommend games based on everything you own.
Taking to Twitter, Valve developer Alden Kroll exclaimed that the new system is designed “The plan is to feed the new ‘played on other platforms’ data into new recommendation engines
But you shouldn't feel compelled to go back and change the state on all those games. The plan is to feed the new 'played on other platforms' data into new recommendation engines such as this one in Steam Labs: https://t.co/JQO0o6TOye
— Alden Kroll (@aldenkroll) August 14, 2019
With other Steam improvements, such as moderated modding hubs, finally becoming a reality, it would appear Valve is finally truly to improve their storefront. While they might not be the types of improvements that Epic Games’ Tim Sweeney is looking for, it means a lot got actual customers.
After all, Valve finally has competition to keep them on their toes. They’re not allowed to slouch anymore.