New Windows 8 app pins Steam games to Start screen

Valve co-founder Gabe Newell has made it clear in the past several months how he feels about Windows 8. He has said that it will be "a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space" and that its users will "basically rage quit computing after they use it." So, it's highly unlikely that we will see any official Steam Windows 8 app released from Valve anytime soon

However, an enterprising app maker has come up with a way for Steam owners to quickly access the games they have downloaded via the Windows 8 Start screen. Developer Jacob Korsgaard recently launched Pin Steam on the Windows Store. The $1.49 app offers a way for Windows 8 owners to quickly pin their Steam purchased games on the Start screen so they can launch them without having to go to the desktop UI.

The Pin Steam app also comes in a free trial version that lets users browse through their Steam library via the "Modern" UI. The paid version is where users will get the Start screen pin support added.

The app developer does point out that Pin Steam requires that the Steam client from Valve be installed. The app also requires the user to set up a custom URL in their Steam profile. Finally, this app is for Windows 8 only. Since Steam itself can't run on Windows RT, Pin Steam will likely be a Windows 8 exclusive for a long time.

Via: McAkins Online
Source: Windows Store website | Image via Jacob Korsgaard

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RandPC said,
Interesting that it includes ARM support, when Steam isn't allowed to distribute any games that support ARM.
I don't think the author intended it to be for Windows RT. It just happens that the app works on ARM.

RandPC said,
Interesting that it includes ARM support, when Steam isn't allowed to distribute any games that support ARM.

The App uses steam's API to grab a list of games you have on your profile. It then uses windows handler to launch the game via <steam://rungameid/550> (left for dead 2 in this example) and hence the automatic support for ARM/WinRT.

It's quite a simple and effective way of creating the app. Initial images seem to be taken from steam's own website, with the smaller tile a crop of the larger one AND also a search lookup to pick out a few others.

I'm actually surprised Valve haven't created their own free version like this already. It'd have been a great way to get more people on the steam platform and away from the deadly Microsoft store., but I guess they were too busy telling everyone it was a catastrophe instead of embracing it.

Overall, it's a very nice app, it's just a shame it's paid for something so simple.

Kalint said,
Or just use Steam, desktop shortcut, taskbar shortcut, etc.

The whole point of this is making a lively (not lively) but a tile that will make Windows 8 desktop nice. I think I'll prefer the other app that was suggested above since can do a whole lot more.

"The app developer does point out that Pin Steam not requires that the Steam client from Valve be installed."

Clarify and clean up your article Callaham.

You can get OblyTile (which is free) and use it to to pin steam games and other apps. That's a much better solution in my opinion.

link6155 said,
You can get OblyTile (which is free) and use it to to pin steam games and other apps. That's a much better solution in my opinion.

Just a note, there's a strange glitch with OblyTile that will permanently set your IE tile (not the application itself, just the tile/icon) as the metro version, instead of letting it switch between the desktop and metro versions depending on which browser is set as default. This glitch remains even if OblyTile and all of the tiles it created are deleted.

Your mileage may vary depending on whether you care about this small glitch or not. I'm okay with it since I like the metro tile for IE better anyway, but it's worth mentioning.

I've contacted the OblyTile developer about this, and there is no fix yet, though he does say he's looking into it.

link6155 said,
You can get OblyTile (which is free) and use it to to pin steam games and other apps. That's a much better solution in my opinion.

Yea you can even get the images in Steam's Grid View with the snipe tool or print screen and use a program to crop it.
I just have an icon for Steam and that is enough for me, ill launch the games from there.

Kyang said,

Just a note, there's a strange glitch with OblyTile that will permanently set your IE tile (not the application itself, just the tile/icon) as the metro version, instead of letting it switch between the desktop and metro versions depending on which browser is set as default. This glitch remains even if OblyTile and all of the tiles it created are deleted.


Apparently this is not glitch. It happens to everyone that did the latest update on Windows 8. I know, but this could be happen to anyone, unless they fully disabled Windows Update in Windows 8 (which will come back itself).