Today, that trend continues with the launch of Steam Labs, a place where Steam users can see and test experimental features.
That's the idea behind Steam Labs at least.
All the features are available to test out starting today and, if all goes well, could potentially become part of the main Steam app sometime down the road. Users can evaluate these different modules and share feedback.More news: People are listening to your Google Assistant queries — Surprise
Valve said that one of the big advantages of this system is that it eliminates the incentive for developers and publishers to optimize their games for "The Algorithm" that conventional discovery models rely on. There are a collection of 6-second micro trailers, and a half-hour video of new game releases called The Automated Show. The goal, originally, was for Steam to automatically generate voice-over descriptions from games' store pages, too, but then Valve remembered that robots are weird. You can change the algorithm to show you more of what's popular or more niche, allowing you to find some games that might not have otherwise floated to the top of your recommended games list. Steam has a gargantuan library of titles and hundreds are added each month, so you're bound to miss a few. Using a neural network trained to recommend games based on a user's playtime history and other collections of data, it analyzes various play patterns, preference and a wide variety of additional information about the games you gravitate toward.
Finally, the Interactive Recommender uses machine learning to recommend new titles to you based on games you're now into.
Interactive Recommender doesn't require developer optimization.More news: Scientists detected two supermassive black holes on collision course with each other
Interestingly, Valve doesn't give the model explicit information about games, but instead lets the machine learn about them during the initial training process.
"In fact, the only information about a game that gets explicitly fed into the process is the release date, enabling us to do time-windowing for the release-date slider", Valve wrote. 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? You can give it a try here.
As cool as Steam Labs and its first round of experiments are, bear in mind that they are just that: experiments.More news: Assassin's Creed VR, Splinter Cell Coming Exclusively To Oculus