Steam Client Will Soon Let You Hide Games -- What Games Will You Hide?

Valve introduces "Hide this game in my library" functionality.

[UPDATE] According to Valve's official notes about the latest Steam Client beta, games you mark as "hidden" will still appear on your profile.

"Add 'Hide this game in my library' functionality, accessible from the Set Categories menu. Games that are hidden will not show up in library filters except for a new filter called 'Hidden,' which will only appear once at least one game is marked as hidden. Hidden games are still available for play and will still appear on the user's profile."

The original story is below.

Valve's Steam PC platform is introducing a new "hide my games" feature that will allow the service's 75 million+ users to keep their guilty pleasures a secret. A new update to Steam's desktop client introduces the feature, and you can access it in the "Set Categories" menu. Once you have chosen to hide a game, it will show up in the new hidden menu.

PC Gamer reports that the Steam client update also includes a range of other features and tweaks, the first of which is a general update to the interface. Colors have been shifted slightly, and common controls have been simplified. The client update also fixes various crash issues.

You can see all the changes to Steam coming through the update on Valve's website here. And you can sign up for Steam beta testing by following these instructions.

Electronic Art's Origin platform for PC already lets players hide their games if they want to. In fact, Origin users have had this option since 2012, when it was introduced in Origin update 8.5.0.

Do you plan to hide some of your gaming activity on Steam? Let us know which games you'll hide in the comments below!

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Discussion

213 comments
GladChimer
GladChimer

I just started playing on PC again, so I have been going crazy on Steam sales. 

I regret getting the Tropico Trilogy, not because I spend 3 dollars on it, but because those 3 games show up on my Library list. Also, my father had some point and click adventure games which I don't particularly like, so I'd love to hide those too.


It's a dumb reason, but I like the option!

raggs2riches
raggs2riches

I wish they would just let me delete the games I don't want. 

Frankly I will never play Tomb-raider again. The PC port for this game was horrible. I will not buy products that come out as X-box or PS4 and later come out ported for PC.



rogerthat1945
rogerthat1945

Hide or stick in a folder; not worried which. But I do hope they didnt have to pay Origin for doing what Origin already have.

elwhiteninja
elwhiteninja

yep this will be great for humblebundle suck games

aalever
aalever

I think if your collection is half full of hentai-esque booblicious Japanese games you might feel like you want to hide some of them from your spiteful sister..

JDFS
JDFS

This feature is nice to hide Betas and shi*** games I bought and don't deserve to be in my collection...
So yeah this is a good feature.

ksbwings
ksbwings

no point of making this..................gamer love to show their activities for having more challenges.


I think this topic misunderstood to the deliver the actual point clearly.

sorotsorot
sorotsorot

Some games are listed as Beta even you already have full games. The hide button will be useful for OCD folks.

Dark_Rage
Dark_Rage

I don't understand the purpose of this feature.

Deckard2323
Deckard2323

The ability to customize Steam, particularly the Library, is something they should have implemented a long time ago.  Love how easy it is to buy games.  Hate how archaic Steam as a piece of software is.

cpuchess
cpuchess

How about something that can remove Betas entirely??

GONtheSKYLORD
GONtheSKYLORD

Why valve is just getting around to this is a mystery to me. Long overdo.

No_SuRReNDeR
No_SuRReNDeR

What they should let you block is 

EARLY ACCESS!!! 

Nothing is more frustrating than when you see a "New Game " it looks all kick ass so you click....youre getting excited for a new game... and then and then..... Early Access !! AKA paying Devs to be their Beta testers....for the love of GOD let me block this.

crymore_noob
crymore_noob

I will make a good use of this if Steam starts selling Japanese Anime porn games.

Shin_Gallon
Shin_Gallon

About damn time, I have a few turds in my collection that I want to hide and now I won't need an entire subfolder on my Library list.

Antarte
Antarte

I prefer an option of Return my money back! for Diablo 3, Dungeon SIege 3, Sacred 3, Dragon Age 2, you know what I mean, games that has broken a successful franchise to sell a couple of copies more to the casual market.

zpluffy
zpluffy

Hidden feature added..hmm


HALF LIFE 3 CONFIRMED!!!

Ratsneve
Ratsneve

Such an old suggestion I'm surprised to learn of its implementation here.  I already 'hide' many games in a specially named 'category'.  I actually have 4 categories and the one that will become 'hidden' is for games I didn't purchase and have no interest in ever playing or games I purchased and really disliked and couldn't finish playing.

Treadstone71
Treadstone71

Aliens: Colonial Marines

Now if only I could hide the fact that I spent $50 on that POS.  :-\

Wogrim
Wogrim

Steam inferior to Origin AHAHAHAHAAH

oldtobie
oldtobie

I'll be hiding Garry's Mod as I'm embarrassed about my 1,500 hours played.

CommandoAgent
CommandoAgent

Finally now after years of asking Steam through Emails :D

Now i can hide Rig N Roll!

It came in a dev pack, should have seen it before buying it.

Tranula
Tranula

This is perfect for those who purchased goat simulator.

zinten
zinten

This feature is just pure heresy, who wouldn't want to show proudly alien colonial marines on top of their alphabetical list?

neonbhoy64
neonbhoy64

Finally, I can hide "The Ship Singleplayer" and "The Ship Tutorial", had them for years, never, ever used them.

koreform
koreform

Okay, this makes no sense. This feature doesn't really hide the games from other people - it will be still visible on your profile - it only hides it from yourself. So it's more of an organization feature not a privacy feature. People should really stop getting ahead of themselves. That said, I would welcome an option to completely hide games from the public for privacy - in the client and on my profile.

bmfalex
bmfalex

@raggs2riches the port was amazing, the game was amazing. You must be crazy and maybe you should buy a controller for PC if you are that ...impaired

sotired
sotired

@No_SuRReNDeR Totally agree. I've also seen "early access" listings that would have been easy to overlook as such and accidentally buy. (I don't know if the system warns you before checkout completes but I doubt it.)

Kisalon
Kisalon

@Wogrim Well considering the fact that Origin will give refunds on games you bought almost 6months ago.. then yeah Steam is inferior to Origin.

sotired
sotired

@Gamer_4_Fun I like Stonyfield yogurt. Both of our comments are equally applicable to this discussion.

JDFS
JDFS

@Tranula  98% of buyers are retarded (no offense, they literally are)... so I don't think they will be smart enough to hide it.

oldtobie
oldtobie

In all honesty I'm not. Why else would I release that info to a public comment section? I've been playing the game for close to a decade, so the density of my gaming isn't really unreasonable.

Tranula
Tranula

@naz99 @Tranula  You guys should I?  I mean not gonna lie, It seems sort of interesting just because how ridiculous it sounds.

Sefrix
Sefrix moderator moderator

@rafftiger I currently have all of my games organized. I have a "junk" category I can now just hide completely. That being said, instead of a hide feature I'd like the process of simply removing games easier. I have had one game completely removed from my profile and it's quite the process. Look it up if you are interested.

naz99
naz99

@Tranula @naz99 Its just dumb stupid ridiculous fun and it has steam workshop support so you can just try out loads of crazy user made stuff,for the price it's worth it and a recent patch added 4 player split screen.

I personally think its great for what it is.

GONtheSKYLORD
GONtheSKYLORD

@Sefrix @rafftiger I'm curious, why remove a game from your profile that you paid for? Does it still count towards booster packs and games owned badges?

Sl4cka
Sl4cka

@Sefrix +1. The games I'm no longer interested in go to my "Junk" category. While the feature is appreciated, it's a few year too late and is hardly worth mentioning.