Valve has changed how soundtracks work on Steam

Valve has changed how soundtracks work on Steam

The way that soundtracks are handled on Steam has changed.

In a blog post, Valve said that it has introduced a new type of app called soundtrack, instead of being sold as DLC as it was before. This means that users can now buy the music from a game without actually having to buy or download the title itself, as well as being able to check out soundtracks in their Steam Library.

Developers can change their existing soundtracks from being DLC into this new format with a brand new tool in their store page configuration.

This functionality has been released for some partners ahead of a wider rollout that's coming - part of which will include a January 20th sales event.

"This is an initial release of these features for partners," Valve wrote.

"We're planning on launching these features in a wider way, including a sale event, on January 20th. We're excited to release, even in this early state, so we can get more feedback from both partners and customers and figure out what makes sense to do next."

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