Latest Experiments

011 Text Filtering

In this Labs experiment, particpants helped shape how we've empowered players to choose the words you wish to see from others in Steam Chat and supporting games, like CS:GO, Destiny 2, and DOTA 2.

004.1 Search Query Expansion

April 21, 2020 - Search, now with smarter results for tag-based searches.

009 News Hub

March 5, 2020 - Whether you're at work, on the bus, or playing at 武穴到香港快遞, you can now browse a personalized hub to easily find the updates, announcements, and events from the games you play and games you are interested in.

008 Play Next

Now available as a shelf in your Steam client library

006 Community Recommendations

Discover games the Steam Community is currently enjoying in a feed of recent reviews.

005 Deep Dive

Select a game and discover others like it, from close matches to little-known but well-loved titles. Explore a path through the depths of Steam, charting a deep dive of your very own.

004 Search | Filter those results, then scroll-lll!

September 5th, 2019 - Discover just what you're looking for with more filters and infinte scroll in search. This experiment will set your browser into Labs Mode, allowing you to access its features whenever you search on Steam. Labs Mode is remembered per browser and easy to exit via the banner at the top. Happy searching!

003 Automatic Show | An automated show about games

July 11th, 2019 - What if Steam could magically generate a show about the latest and greatest games each day? The automatic show is like one of those cable shopping channels without the super-absorbent chamois cloths.

Check out the half-hour Episode #1.

002 Interactive Recommender | The machine learning curator

July 11th, 2019 - This experiment looks at how much you've played each game in your Steam library, and uses the magic of machine learning to recommend games you might like. Filter your results by picking games that are popular or niche, and drill down by release date and tags.

001 Micro Trailers | A six-second trailer for every game

July 11th, 2019 - Absorb every game in the Steam catalog in just seconds. Micro Trailers are six-second looping videos designed to quickly inform viewers about titles on Steam with a presentation that's easy to skim. This experiment is a fancier version of the Twitter bot of the same name.

Welcome to Steam Labs

Every year, we create dozens of experiments around discoverability, video, machine learning, and more. You know who we thought might enjoy seeing them? Everyone.

For the first time, you can try, share, and break them, then share your feedback with the developers who create them.

Active Experiments

Search Query Expansion for Tags - Search, now with smarter results for tag-based searches.
News Hub - Discover the updates, announcements, and events from the games you care about.
Micro Trailers - A six-second trailer for every Steam game

More About Steam Labs

Rough, Ephemeral Experiments

These are works in progress. Some of them may turn out great. Others, we may toss out. We hope that most will be improved with your feedback and go on to be a part of Steam. This is the way of Steam Labs.

Why?

We're always trying new things with Steam, but often only share them with the world when they're ready to be made a part of the platform. Steam Labs allows us to share these ideas earlier and improve them with your feedback before making them official.

What's Next?

Like all new Steam features, Steam Labs is itself an experiment, in that it is a work in progress which will only get better with informed iteration. We hope you'll share your ideas and feedback in the discussions. We look forward to experimenting together.