Steam UI responsiveness

darkewaffle

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The steam shop "tab" lags for me fairly often, most particularly when switching to it from another tab, but the rest of it seems fine.
 

gothamhunter

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Is it really that big of a deal? Also, that Origin page has nowhere near the amount of information as the Steam page.
 

Maleficus

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Yea, it takes a hefty comp to run steam windows responsively, such a joke.
 

sandorski

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Is it really that big of a deal? Also, that Origin page has nowhere near the amount of information as the Steam page.
This. Origin has but a small fraction of what Steam has. Steam has more Items, more Options, more Features, more of everything.
 

hapylol

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Steam is also very user friendly and has millions of users online at anytime. We should be thankful some of us don't deal with Origin:)
 

M0oG0oGaiPan

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It does feel laggy. It's like a clunky web browser. Origin is ok but it doesn't load as much so it's not really a fair comparison. The GameFly client does and it's probably just as laggy as Steam. GFWL is pretty slow too.
 

CottonRabbit

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I agree. I've always disliked the Steam interface, including the color palette. It jars too much with the rest of Windows.
 

Aikouka

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In my experience, the issue isn't with Steam's GUI but rather the HTML portion of it. I don't know what's up with their HTTP servers, but they are slow. Using Steam Mobile is nearly worthless as it can take anywhere from 30 seconds to 1 minute to load a page. This is on 2-3 bars of HSPA+ (AT&T's "4G").
 

Chiropteran

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It's terrible, always has been. Every time there is a steam update I secretly cross my fingers and hope the update helps, and it never does.
 

Barfo

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It's terrible, always has been. Every time there is a steam update I secretly cross my fingers and hope the update helps, and it never does.
This. I love steam to death but only use the client to launch my games, everything else I do through another web browser.
 

greenhawk

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It's like a clunky web browser.
Given the steam store is a web page, it is no suprise. Valve just have too much crap on the store page with it all being on one page. Most of the things on it are pointless to the average visitor. I do not know how many people go through it all each time they visit it.

Personally, leaving steam at the default setting of loading the store on start is good for marketing their products, but sucks due to the load on their servers effecting all users. Personally I change the setting to start steam in the small games list interface and I have not had any issues with steam's startup anymore (besides the long log in times.....

Settings->Interface->Favorite window = Library
 

shortylickens

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I have a quad core and GTX460. If its slowing my system I cant see it.
Of course, you shouldnt need all that power just to run a cute little program.
 

M0oG0oGaiPan

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Given the steam store is a web page, it is no suprise. Valve just have too much crap on the store page with it all being on one page. Most of the things on it are pointless to the average visitor. I do not know how many people go through it all each time they visit it.

Personally, leaving steam at the default setting of loading the store on start is good for marketing their products, but sucks due to the load on their servers effecting all users. Personally I change the setting to start steam in the small games list interface and I have not had any issues with steam's startup anymore (besides the long log in times.....

Settings->Interface->Favorite window = Library
I definitely agree with you. What I should have said is it's a web browser but it doesn't seem coded very well. You can fetch a product page faster using a regular web browser than you can with the steam client. Same goes for your inventory. Maybe it's because you can overlay it on your games. So it's coded differently than a regular web browser.
 

Jodell88

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Origin implemented smooth scrolling on their client while steam has not. It's that simple really.
 

Elcs

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The sluggishness doesn't bother me.

Just give me a method of mass verifying game files, mass turn on automatic updates, download scheduler and bandwidth capper and I'll be overjoyed.
 

Martimus

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This has been an issue since it was released years ago. Steam is not known for its quality control which is interesting since Valve games are. The store has been buggy for me since the beginning on 5 different computers and countless reinstalls.
 

shortylickens

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This has been an issue since it was released years ago. Steam is not known for its quality control which is interesting since Valve games are. The store has been buggy for me since the beginning on 5 different computers and countless reinstalls.
My biggest complaint isnt even its technical capabilities, its how they choose to run the shop.
I cried for years that games with 3rd party DRM werent properly labeled. They FINALLY started doing it after I pissed away about a hundred bucks on unplayable titles.
 

power_hour

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Yeah I find it lags too but doesn't bother me. Pros outweigh the cons. Love the ability to backup and restore games easily.
 

pontifex

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i've noticed that if there is an item downloading and it is downloading at the bottom of the screen, you can't click on it to go to the downloads page any more. you have to click on library, then select downloads...
 

sandorski

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i've noticed that if there is an item downloading and it is downloading at the bottom of the screen, you can't click on it to go to the downloads page any more. you have to click on library, then select downloads...
I have not noticed this. In fact, just last night I clicked on the Downloading notification and got the Downloads tab. You have to click on the "Items" part.
 

JamesV

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I've never noticed any lag with Steam, except during the holiday sale when the store pages would sometimes take a while to load.

As for the video, I didn't notice any slowdown... not quite sure what you are talking about. Go to any page with alot of images on it, like a Google image search, and you'll get the same results; or at least results so similar that imo it isn't worth it to actually see which is faster.
 

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