You can actually skin Steam, and if you're a fan of "Modern UI" Metro-style apps, and want Steam to match, you need to take a look at this excellent skin currently being curated by the Steam community.
Although the official creator seems to be AWOL, there are several industrious members of the skins Steam Group sporadically working on the skin via Github, complete with an easy installer.
How to skin Steam
Here's how to get the skin up and running:
- Head over to Github here to grab the Metro.Skin.Installer.exe file.
- Hit "More" if the red warning box pops up to force the installation. It appears to be completely safe, but install it at your own risk.
- Once you have download the installer, run it and hit Next to go through the install wizard.
- There are no hidden sign ups or ads, thankfully, but you will eventually come upon some additional tweaks and settings; I selected expanded fonts to make the text appear larger on my high-DPI Razer Blade, vastly enhancing Steam's general usability.
- When the installer has finished, hit close.
- Open Steam, and select the settings option from the Steam menu at the top left.
- Go to interface, and you should now be able to select Metro 4.2.4.
- Steam will restart, giving you a sexy new layout to play with.
While it doesn't look like this Metro Skin has been updated for a few months, it works perfectly on the current version of Steam. Hopefully, the Github project crew keeps it going, at least until Valve decides to make Steam less clunky.
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Thank god, the really bad DIP-Scaling of Steam without cleartype is a unsharp mess on anything beyond 1080p and too small on 13" and 1080p.
I'm using this sking for a long time, I recommend it to everyone too!
PixelVision also looks good.
I love pixelVision²... but I had to remove it because it lacks a VR button
Is it just me or does that look similar to the windows 10 store?
Will launch Steam in Windowed Big Picture mode...seems to be a little better for me. It seriously needs a revamp though.
Too much fuss to fix a problem they should be fixing. The Steam interface is ages old, and it shows. It sorely needs a redesign. Heck, having to load an .exe program to function as a store is awfully dated as a concept too.
I think they are working on some kinda update, there was leaked screenshots, but until then this will do, worth the effort, trust me!
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