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Valve's latest Steam Labs experiment is called 'Play Next,' and it's designed to help users choose what to (you guessed it) play next.

Chris Kerr, News Editor

February 14, 2020

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Valve's latest Steam Labs experiment is called 'Play Next,' and it's designed to help users choose what to (you guessed it) play next. 

The work-in-progress feature uses a machine learning system to tell people which of the unplayed games in their Steam library they'd enjoy the most. 

It uses the same technology as the Interactive Recommender to display up to three selections from their library, although if that set doesn't grab a player's fancy, they can cycle through to see other suggestions - assuming they have enough unplayed games in their library. 

"To help you see at a glance what kind of game each of our suggestions is, we include a microtrailer (on hover), and the top tags for the game. If you've already played some comparable games, we show some of those too," adds Valve. 

"The algorithm we use for picking comparable games is also a new system we're experimenting with in this lab, and it's a work-in-progress. So don't be surprised if it sometimes shows you some unexpected comparison points."

To find out more about the feature, and Valve's other experiments, you should go and pay a visit to the Steam Labs

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Chris Kerr

News Editor, GameDeveloper.com

Game Developer news editor Chris Kerr is an award-winning journalist and reporter with over a decade of experience in the game industry. His byline has appeared in notable print and digital publications including Edge, Stuff, Wireframe, International Business Times, and PocketGamer.biz. Throughout his career, Chris has covered major industry events including GDC, PAX Australia, Gamescom, Paris Games Week, and Develop Brighton. He has featured on the judging panel at The Develop Star Awards on multiple occasions and appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live to discuss breaking news.

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