Enhanced Steam Standalone Client Makes PC Game Shopping Easier

You don't have to wait for Valve to make improvements to Steam's interface. A group of gamers have released an Enhanced Steam client filled with new features to make your PC game shopping easier.

Enhanced Steam displays additional information to help browsing. The games in your library or on your wishlist are both highlighted. MetaCritic user scores, game descriptions, and third-party DRM are all noted. Enhanced Steam also helps you make smarter purchases by providing pricing history on a game and noting how much money you'll save with bundles. Screenshots of the enhanced interface are below.

The improvements extend to other Steam features like the Trading Cards, Marketplace and Greenlight. Here's the full list of Enhanced Steam's advancements:

Store Features

  • Highlights the content on Steam you already own
  • Highlights games on your wishlist
  • Points out 3rd party DRM on games
  • Shows you how much you really save on a bundle
  • Displays pricing history for each game
  • Shows you how much you've spent on your Steam account
  • Shows you Metacritic User Scores
  • Adds an "Empty Cart" button to the shopping cart
  • Adds DLC category information to the product page
  • Gives you widescreen support information from the WSGF
  • Shows game descriptions on the Steam homepage

Community Features

  • Adds an "Add to cart" button on your wishlist
  • Replaces the Steam Greenlight banner
  • Shows a transaction summary on the Steam Marketplace
  • Lets you set a custom background on your Steam profile
  • Shows your achievement stats on the "All Games" page
  • Show SteamCardExchange links on badge pages
  • Shows market price on an item's inventory page
  • Shows links on your profile to great Steam-integrated sites
  • Shows you how many games have drops, and how many cards
  • Gives you advanced badge filtering options

Site-Wide Features

  • Options page that lets you decide which features to enable
  • Adds an "Enhanced Steam" menu for quick feature access
  • Adds a link to the forums back to the community dropdown

Miscellaneous Bug Fixes

  • Fixes the "No Image Available" images on your wishlist

The project started out as a Chrome, Firefox and Opera extension. This latest standalone release can be used with the Steam client itself rather than just the website, though. Both the browser extensions and the standalone client work about the same way, though: after you've sent a request to Steam, javascript is inserted into Steam's response right before it's delivered to your computer.

You can download the standalone client through Github. The download page includes the full instructions for setting it up. If you prefer using Steam through your browser, you'd be better off just grabbing the browser extension.

Pete Haas

Staff Writer at CinemaBlend.