The newest Steam beta has added a characteristic that seemingly removes the power for customers to roll again game updates or play older versions of games on Steam. Under the brand new model, customers can’t obtain depots of Steam games to play earlier updates of games they personal – and plenty of are sad about this alteration.
There are many games that change radically between updates – there’s a complete fan collective devoted to discovering and archiving all the assorted versions of Minecraft through the years, for instance, and the likes of Counter-Strike replace usually with huge modifications.
As of proper now, it’s fully doable to obtain and play older versions of games owned on Steam with the assistance of someplace like SteamDB – all you want to do is locate the depot of the model you need to play. However, the September 23 beta replace of Steam has seemingly put a cease to this observe – so as soon as this replace goes reside in Steam correct nobody will be able to play older versions on Valve’s consumer.
This was noticed by SteamDB creator Pavel Djundik, who says the change that “all installed and Cloud-enabled games are synchronized as soon as possible” implies that it’s now unattainable to obtain older game depots of Steam games and play them. Pavel additionally says that this implies SteamDB will now have to “go back to the times where it could only track files for what it owns”.
Last Steam beta launched an necessary change to game downloads.
With this alteration, it’s not doable to obtain older game versions, as a result of consumer asks for a code (GetManifestRequestCode) that rotates each 5 minutes.
— Pavel Djundik (@thexpaw) September 23, 2021
Valve says that this alteration is “to avoid delays when launching games and to prepare for possible offline play”, however that’s not stopped rather a lot of Steam tinkerers from being upset with this alteration and asking for it to be reversed. Whether it would be earlier than going reside is solely up to Valve, of course.