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If you’ve ever tried playing music while gaming on a PC, you know the dangers of leaving your current window to change songs; Valve is looking to help you out with their latest update to SteamOS and Big Picture.

With Steam Music Beta, you can point Steam to where your music collection is stored on your PC and it will have access to all of your music. While you’re in a game, the music is accessible through the Steam overlay where you can pause, play, skip tracks, browse your collection, or manage your playlist, all without ever leaving the game or minimizing the window.

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Unfortunately, the feature won’t be coming to desktop users right now, but you can take advantage of it if you’re running the Linux-based Steam OS or the TV-connected Big Picture mode. Valve has said that the feature should be coming to desktop users soon.

While Steam Music is currently in Beta, you can opt-in to the Beta by joining the Steam Music community group. Valve says that group members will be “invited in waves until the feature is released to everyone.”

Will you be taking advantage of this new feature if you can get access to the Beta? Let us know how you feel about it down in the comments.

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Source: Steam Community

  1. Finn
    February 10, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Well, Big Picture mode can be run on Desktop PC aswell, so I guess it will work for me if I just click "Big Picture" on the upper right part of the Steam window? As for the question - I might use it actually, though I mostly listen to music from Spotify. But I still have quite a lot of local music, so it'll be much more comfortable to change songs. Especially in Skyrim, since Skyrim doesn't support media keys on keyboard and Alt+Tab is very slow in heavy modded game.

  2. Jeremiah Payne
    February 5, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    I like the idea

  3. Matt S
    February 5, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    "Unfortunately, the feature won’t be coming to desktop users right now..."

    I hope this doesn't become a trend has Valve focuses on Steam OS.

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