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Steam Client Update – February 27th

A new Steam client has been released and will be automatically downloaded.


  • Updated embedded Chromium build in Steam, clearing path for further updates soon.
  • Added support for saving uncompressed HDR screenshots as AVIF.
  • Improved performance when adding/removing multiple games to/from Family View in the library.
  • Removed duplicate friend counter on game capsules.
  • Stopped showing ready-to-play icon on Recent Games shelf, which does not filter to ready-to-play.
  • Fixed bug which would sometimes cause Steam to show UI and take focus if configured to run at system startup.
  • Fixed bug which would sometimes cause Update News window to take focus from other Steam windows.
  • Fixed issue where clicking on Voice Chat invitation notifications did not open chat.
  • Fixed maximize/restore button and window resize grip not updating properly.
  • Fixed “My Games” collection also including games borrowed from other users.
  • Fixed opacity of play bar on game details pages.
  • Fixed window border sometimes showing around full screen videos on Windows 11.
  • Fixed settings UI showing the wrong default state for the “Guide button focuses Steam” setting.
  • Fixed miscellaneous regressions in the screenshot manager.
  • Fixed wide game images sometimes failing to load.
  • Fixed custom logo positions sometimes not applying on app details pages.
  • Fixed double notifications when friends go online or in-game.
  • Fixed collapse state of friends list and chat group sections not being properly remembered.
  • Fixed game news sometimes appearing out of order in game details activity feed.
  • Fixed a crash when launching a VR game while using SteamVR v1.27.5.
  • Fixed CD Keys popup not appearing during launch for games that request it.
  • Fixed main Steam window re-opening when closed if small mode has been entered or exited.
  • Fixed some extraneous disk reads that could impact performance.
  • Fixed detection of whether you have used a VR device in order to improve a few warning messages.
  • Fixed downloading content with long file names in some cases.
  • Fixed creation of erroneous steamwebhelper processes when steamwebhelper crashes.
  • Fixed user avatar in title bar momentarily switching back to default during startup.
  • Fixed opening a friend’s wishlist in game page activity feed events.
  • Fixed explorer window not being brought to foreground when Browse local files is selected on Windows.

Big Picture Mode

  • Added Interface panel to settings
  • Improved the display in the “Controller Configuration” tab when there are no controllers attached or the active controller is opted out of Steam Input.
  • Fixed a case where no element would be selected in the UI when closing the quick access menu.
  • Fixed Steam notifications not showing while in-game.

Remote Play

  • Enable VA-API DRM hardware decoding on Linux.
  • Greatly improved performance when using hardware encoding with AMD video cards on Windows.
  • Fixed black screen and missing performance graph when starting a stream.


  • Improve layout and imagery for some of the dialogs that show up when launching VR games.
  • Clicking on items in the control bar (e.g. a download in progress) will correctly switch to the Steam tab.
  • Show reloading message when SteamVR quits before reloading the Steam window.
  • Notifications in VR look much better. Requires SteamVR beta, otherwise notifications will not appear.
  • Steam now only reloads every fifth time that SteamVR quits.
  • Fixed a case where Steam could prevent SteamVR from properly detecting a USB connected headset and/or controllers.

Steam Input

  • Added a setting for the player LED for DualSense controllers.
  • QoL Gyro Calibration button available in Controller Config Quick settings, and in the Gyro section of the Controller Layout Editor.
  • Controllers can be used to dismiss/continue when controller support information panels appear before a Desktop game’s launch.
  • Fixed Gyro enable button not being respected.
  • Fixed styling of the controller mode settings page.
  • Possible fix for cases where configuration edits would be dropped when toggling in and out of the overlay.

Steam Overlay

  • Corrected Steam overlay colors when games have HDR enabled.
  • Fixed middle-click panning not working in overlay browser on Windows.
  • Fixed notes window controls scrolling off the top and new note/delete note buttons not being visible.

Friends & Chat

  • Fixed a case where group chats could get stuck on “Requesting Group Chat Information” after reconnecting to Steam.


  • Fixed a case where the client could get stuck in the shutting down screen.
  • Fixed rare crashes during window creation.
  • Fixed controller input inconsistently working in Big Picture mode windows.


  • Fixed intermittent Steam API crash in some Apple Silicon games.

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