Steam beta update makes older versions of games unplayable

Steam beta update makes older versions of games unplayable

Like most other providers, Steam is committed to providing users with the best possible experience by making the latest game updates and patches available as quickly as possible. For older versions, however, it looks bad in the future, as the latest Steam beta update suggests.

Immediate synchronization prevents access to older versions

The patch notes for the update say namely, that you want to ensure that "all installed and all cloud-enabled games are synchronized as soon as possible in order to avoid delays when games are started and to prepare for possible offline play."

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On SteamDB he explained the innovation and the problem that occurred in more detail for all interested parties. Modders and speed runners in particular are likely to feel offended by this change, because they have often used older versions of a game for their own purposes. The change to Steam is also bad news when it comes to game archiving.

The update is still only effective on the beta client and whether it spills over to the regular client in the same form and which games are affected by it is still unclear. If Steam receives appropriate feedback, they could in any case reconsider or adjust the change before it goes live for all users.

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