Steam Kicks Off New PC Game Sale And Revamps Wishlists

The wishlist gets some welcome improvements.

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To celebrate the Lunar New Year, Valve has launched the latest big sale on Steam. Aside from the usual assortment of steep discounts on countless PC games, this also coincides with an update to Steam wishlists, which now provide users with more information and flexibility to find games in different ways.

As far as discounts go, the Lunar New Year sale runs from now until February 19, making it shorter than the lengthier promotions that happen around Christmas, for instance. That doesn't appear to be reflected in the quality of the price drops, however, as you can get some very nice deals right now. Highlights include Heat Signature for $10, Fallout 4: Game of the Year Edition for $36, Overcooked for $5.77, Ark: Survival Evolved for $20, Rocket League for $12, and Planet Coaster for $11.24.

Among other things, the new wishlist features should make it easier to see when the games you're looking to buy go on sale. Valve has introduced new filters to look at certain types of content (such as games vs. DLC), support for specific operating systems, VR-only games, items under certain price thresholds ($5 or $10), and those that are on sale. You can also specifically look at games that are discounted by a certain amount--either 50% or 75%--if you're hunting for the best deals, as well as things that can be purchased with the money available in your Steam Wallet. Maybe best of all, you can filter out early access and unreleased games. In other words, you can finally add such a game to your wishlist to keep track of its full release but avoid having it clutter your wishlist when you're looking to shop in the meantime.

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The actual listings in the wishlist have also been bolstered with more information. You'll see popular tags that users have added to the game, whether it's in early access, the overall user review average, and supported operating systems. There's also now a button to add something directly to your cart from the wishlist, sparing you the extra step of having to first visit its store page. However, this is only available for games with only a single purchase option--those with multiple editions will require you to go to the store page, so as to save you from purchasing a version that isn't exactly what you're looking for.

These changes are now live on Steam, which should come in handy during the ongoing sale. You can see everything on sale here.

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My wishlist no longer includes games that have been delisted from Steam, such as The Stomping Land :(

there's something vaguely sad about this

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They made the wishlist cancer on the eyes, especially on PC where we don't have vertical space, unlike phones. Now takes up 2-3x the space that it did previously and has terrible contrast between elements.

But hey at least we can filter out VR-only games from the stuff we have wishlisted, right?

Valve really needs to seek community feedback before they push out changes; this is awful.

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@DAOWAce: I was thinking the same, they boast improvements but all I see is an eyesore and my games that were previously listed in the order I wanted them, is now scattered around.

What is better about this? You can now filter them, well isn't that the point of wishlist in the first place to filter out the games you want over the games you don't?

I'm sure I am missing something but as of now, by what I have seen it looks worse, not better.

I have a friend who wishlists anything and everything and I find it extremely annoying already, as you have no idea if he actually wants that game or he is just has a passing interest. So, I do not gift him any games, unlike others who's wishlist is actually games they really want.

This new system encourages that^ behaviour and there, the improvements for whom are revealed. It is not an improvement for us but rather for Valve themselves. ;)

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GoG for life.

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@J_P-: I'm hoping GOG will do some GOG Connect (?) cycles soon, or at all. I would convert my entire Steam library now if I could.

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Awesome!

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