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Steam beta update lets you preload games to any folder

Samit Sarkar (he/him) is Polygon’s deputy managing editor. He has more than 15 years of experience covering video games, movies, television, and technology.

The latest beta update to the Steam client allows users to preload games to any directory, Valve announced today.

Until this point, Steam could only preload games to the default home of a user's Steam library, which — unless it had previously been altered — usually sits on the computer's C: drive. This left Steam users who install games to a secondary drive unable to take advantage of the preload functionality. After the update, Steam users will be able to put preloaded games wherever they want.

Today's new beta update also adds a library section for browsing and managing user-captured screenshots to Steam's Big Picture mode. Tweaks to In-Home Streaming include the ability to toggle windowed mode and resize the window.

Last week, Valve announced it was delaying the release of the Steam Controller into 2015.

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