Steam Music beta will let you play your own music through Steam overlay

Steam Music

By on February 4, 2014 at 11:52 am

Sick of having to fire up a secondary music player to play your tunes while gaming? Well so are some of the engineers at Valve apparently, because Steam is soon to deploy an inbuilt music player that you can activate through the Steam in-game overlay.

Currently the planned beta for the feature will only support .mp3 files, although this is set to expand in the future. Users will be able to create playlists, sort by directory, artist, album or track, and play/pause/switch it all around without leaving the game.

If you’re interested in being invited to the beta as soon as possible, you want to hit up and join this here Steam group to try and score access.

Check out more details and an explanation of how it works here.

Source: Steam via Ars Technica

21 comments (Leave your own)

Fuck Yeah!

 

Winner, Movies coming next!!!! ^.^

 

I’m guessing this is mostly for MP games? Cause for SP games it’s better to listen to the actual audio from the game to get all the immersion possible.

 

Because alt-tabbing into a better audio program is so hard.

 

They need to better handle soundtracks purchased through steam better.. perhaps they can automatically build them into this player?

 

Buh bye winamp…. Its been a fun 20 years but I don’t need you any more.

 

nekosan:
Buh bye winamp…. Its been a fun 20 years but I don’t need you any more.

If you think the Steam inbuilt Music player is going to be better than Winamp, then you are a bit confused there matey.

 

felixinside,

How is a basic music player designed for a controller not better than winamp?

 

korten:
felixinside,

How is a basic music player designed for a controller not better than winamp?

Just because it works with a controller doesn’t make it better.

 

felixinside,

Sorry… I thought the sarcasm was obvious.

 

korten:
felixinside,

Sorry… I thought the sarcasm was obvious.

LOL, I beg forgiveness. Hard to read sarcasm on text…

 
PsychoSmiley

korten,

Problem is some games just hate being alt-tabbed and throw some wacky stuff at you. TF2 I recall had an annoying one where some players became invisible if you alt-tabbed. Some games will only alt-tab once or twice before they randomly CTD (Skyrim for me). An overlay makes it all much easier.

Hopefully it’s a nice player and it supports FLAC. I hate generating playlists, I’d rather give a directory and let a shuffle function take care of the rest.

 

Sweet, shit-tabbing instead of alt-tabbing means I can use my pinky instead of my thumb. And have yet another library for all my music. Except for all the stuff that isn’t mp3.

 

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!
I know I run my music player in the background, I usually have my quite large collection of shuffle, and I can use the skip,next, play/pause buttons built into my keyboard, but still, this is pretty neat, and I suppose opens up a possible music store, one that isn’t iTunes, and might just ever so slightly have a chance of not being as shit as aforementioned software.
Either way, I’m excited for the potential here!

edit: And of course I just found out that it’s for SteamOS and Big Picture only, both of which I don’t use…

 

psychosmiley,

This is what borderless windowed mode is for.

 

Maybe if they integrate it with spotify I will use it, I don’t have any music on my pc anymore…….

 

felixinside: If you think the Steam inbuilt Music player is going to be better than Winamp, then you are a bit confused there matey.

The entire reason I use Winamp is because it isn’t some stupidly bloated bs, it’s easy to use and because it plays my mp3′s, i hate bullshit like itunes with its syncing etc.

Give me a simple mp3 player integrated into steam(i dont even need an equalizer) and i’ll use it for 100% of my music.

 

maybe valve should buy out winamp!

 

Wow, there are people who don’t use foobar2k?

And people who still use Winamp?

 

nekosan: The entire reason I use Winamp is because it isn’t some stupidly bloated bs, it’s easy to use and because it plays my mp3′s, i hate bullshit like itunes with its syncing etc.

My friend, I was once like you. Then winamp became a bloated piece of junk. I wandered lost and alone, until I saw the light.

http://www.foobar2000.org/

(PS – as if you want to run the bloated mostrosity that is Steam to play music…)

 
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