The concept behind this feature isn't far off from Micro Trailers, except it aims to put together a half-hour show based on what's new on Steam, or which games are now most popular. Apparently Valve likes these accounts too, as a result of as a part of a set of experimental new Steam options known as Steam Labs, it took the thought and ran with it: "Micro Trailers are six-second looping movies created to rapidly inform viewers about titles on Steam with a presentation that is straightforward to skim". And they were actually things that looked interesting to me - unlike most of the games in my normal Steam discovery queue.
Per Valve, "Underlying this new recommender is a neural-network model that is trained to recommend games based on a user's playtime history, along with other salient data". Valve's Steam Labs wants to help you separate the wheat from the chaff.
The second experiment has been dubbed the "Interactive Recommender". It uses machine learning for that and analyzes for how long each game was played by a particular user.
You may also be shocked by the hours that you played some of the games in your Steam library. To accompany its launch, Valve has released three such features for users to test and give feedback on: Micro Trailers, Interactive Recommender, and Automatic Show. Instead of focusing on tags or metadata, it "looks at what games you play and what games other people play, then makes informed suggestions based on the decisions of other people playing games on Steam". In time, they hope to have auto-generated narration that tells you a bit about what you're seeing; for now, though, it's mostly just game footage over music.
Valve Software, the company behind the Steam gaming platform, launched Steam Labs yesterday on the official Steam website.
Three experiments are active for users to try out at the moment, all of which are created to help gamers find new titles. (Don't confuse it with The Lab, a Valve-made series of virtual reality experiments, or Aperture Hand Lab, a demo for the Valve Index VR headset.) Steam Labs features two other projects right now: Micro Trailers, which is a large directory of six-second game trailers, and The Automated Show, which is a half-hour video compilation of new Steam game trailers. With Nvidia's Turing GPUs featuring Tensor Cores, itself hardware for the DLSS machine learning feature to save on performance through AI-powered image reconstruction, what do you think of the increased use of machine learning in games? The automatic show is... Steam, which is now the largest PC gaming client, gives users recommendations on what to play next.
Showing off some of the experimental updates and inclusions, Steam Labs is meant to involve users in the process of enhancing and building on Valve's storefront. As such, feel free to test them out, but don't get too attached to any single feature.