From the Forums: Metro Windows 8 Steam skin

Windows 8 and its Metro interface have generated a lot of debate among Windows users. Now one person has decided to merge the Metro look with Valve's Steam client. One of Neowin's forum members, BoneyardBrew, has created a custom skin for Steam that makes it look like Windows 8. You can download the 1.0 version over at his DeviantArt.com page.

The effect is quite impressive and if you happen to be running the Windows 8 Consumer Preview the new skin will merge nicely with the operating system's interface. You can discuss the skin with its creator in our community forums.

Ironically, this Windows 8 skin for Steam comes as a recent report claims that Valve's founder, and former Microsoft team member, Gabe Newell reportedly slammed both Windows 8 and Microsoft in a recent meeting.

In the report posted this week on the Phoronix website about Valve's plans to port Steam to the Linux OS, the author of the story claims that Newell's " ... negativity for Windows 8 and the future of Microsoft was stunning." It's perhaps safe to say there won't be a Metro version of Steam anytime soon.

No matter if you agree with Newell or not, the Windows 8 Metro Steam skin is pretty impressive. Our hats are off to BoneyardBrew on his work.

Image via BoneyardBrew

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Hrmmmm why does Steam suddenly look like one awesome application? Thanks for the tip and skin. This is a huge improvement!

Pettor said,
Hrmmmm why does Steam suddenly look like one awesome application? Thanks for the tip and skin. This is a huge improvement!

That's really cool to hear! I'm glad you like it.

ahhh dark skin again. How about having customizable colours ? Or just let windows manage the colours according to the settings in Personalization.

ozgeek said,
ahhh dark skin again. How about having customizable colours ? Or just let windows manage the colours according to the settings in Personalization.

I had created a light skin last time and the general response was that everyone wanted a dark one.

Also, I'm not sure if you realize this is just a user-created theme, not an official one from Valve, as I have no control over pulling colors from Windows.

I don't know what to say...this really comes as a surprise.

A big shout out to Neowin's staff and community, you've all been so supportive of my work over the years. This is where it all began!

rfirth said,
Doesn't the Windows Store make Steam unnecessary?

steam has a big following behind it so no matter what they do they should be pretty safe. with that said games of demand will most likely see increased traffic because it is linked into metro

dafin0 said,
steam has a big following behind it so no matter what they do they should be pretty safe. with that said games of demand will most likely see increased traffic because it is linked into metro

You also get the benefit of not being locked into a particular operating system - that as long as the game itself can run on Windows and Mac you can switch between the operating systems and bring the games you purchased with you.

rfirth said,
Doesn't the Windows Store make Steam unnecessary?

Windows Store most likely won't offer the low prices and regualr sales Steam does. Windows Store will be like the big box stores with their pricing strategy for games I'd bet.

Steam is not merely a store, but an entire community. With game integration and friends, it's more like the Xbox Live of Windows right now.

Considering the Windows store won't have the same selection, prices, in-game features, community features, support for games that don't meet the Windows Store requirements, support for other platforms and it's existing user base, I'd say, absolutely not.

rfirth said,
Doesn't the Windows Store make Steam unnecessary?

In addition to the social features, Steam and Valve have a well earned reputation amongst PC gamers that Microsoft hasn't attained yet, especially when you consider the clumsiness of GfWL.

BertMacklin said,

Windows Store most likely won't offer the low prices and regualr sales Steam does. Windows Store will be like the big box stores with their pricing strategy for games I'd bet.

Low prices? Are you kidding? The prices of triple-A titles on Steam at release are usually at least £10 more than in a retail store, and I get a shiny DVD and box in the store too that also saves me gigabytes of download quota on my broadband. It's why I refuse to buy new games on Steam. Only time I buy games on Steam is if there's a some kind of sale on, but that's 99% of the time for older games I have missed getting previously.

TCLN Ryster said,

Low prices? Are you kidding? The prices of triple-A titles on Steam at release are usually at least £10 more than in a retail store, and I get a shiny DVD and box in the store too that also saves me gigabytes of download quota on my broadband. It's why I refuse to buy new games on Steam. Only time I buy games on Steam is if there's a some kind of sale on, but that's 99% of the time for older games I have missed getting previously.


Really? In the United States, the prices for new releases are almost always the same to retail prices (sometimes less, but not usually). Then within a month or so, the prices drop significantly (for most developers, at least... companies like Activision don't take part in too many sales). That's also not taking into account all the sales Steam does.

Mr Nom Nom's said,

You also get the benefit of not being locked into a particular operating system - that as long as the game itself can run on Windows and Mac you can switch between the operating systems and bring the games you purchased with you.

Only games where the developers thought it was worth it to spend all those resources to port a Linux version of the game when it going to have practically zero effect on sales.

HawkMan said,

Only games where the developers thought it was worth it to spend all those resources to port a Linux version of the game when it going to have practically zero effect on sales.

He did not even talk about Linux ...

Still nice to know that once you bought a game on steam you can switch from one version to another without paying extra.