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How to tell if a steam game will eat too much storage

This is the easiest way to determine if you have enough space on your computer to install your games.

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How to tell if a steam game will eat too much storage

The new Steam feature lets you check how much space a particular game requires before you install it. This will allow you to know if the installation went smoothly without having to go through the entire process, or scrolling through the fine print on the game's store page. This feature is available in beta Steam builds. It also allows you to better manage your Steam Cloud saved games.

This article will show you how to install beta and give you the basics about both the new features.

How to update Steam's beta version
First, be aware that this beta version of Steam contains features currently in the testing phase. If you continue to the beta release cycle, you might experience unexpected behavior or crashes in some cases.

Open Steam and log into your Steam account to join the beta build. Select Settings from the Steam top-left corner. Click Account in the left pane of Steam settings. In the right pane click Change. This is located under beta participation. Select Steam beta Update and click Ok. You will be taken back to Steam settings.

To actually update Steam to the latest beta build, navigate to the menu bar, and then to Steam > Search for Steam Client Updates. Steam will automatically update to the most recent beta version, unlocking the extra features we want.


How to determine how much storage is needed for a Steam game

Start the app again and sign in to it. You can now go to the library tab on Steam and use the left pane of the browser to find any game you don't have installed yet. A blue Install button will appear on the description page of any game. This means that it is in your library but not yet installed on your computer. You'll find Space Require next to the Install button. This shows how much space the game requires.

Now you can check your computer's space and then install the game when you are ready.

How to find out if there are game save conflicts in Steam Cloud

After you have installed the game and played it several times, make sure you check your Steam saved games. An unresolved save game conflict can cause game progress to be lost. Steam can back up your saved game files if you defeat a boss in a particular game. You can format your computer after saving the game and reinstall it with Steam. This will not affect your progress in the game.

Sometimes, because of internet problems or other bugs the version saved to your computer may not match the one on Steam. Your computer might log that you beat the boss, but Steam may not be able to update this information. You might need to fight the boss again if you fail to resolve this conflict.

You should therefore always check Steam Cloud to see if your saved games are being logged. This beta build is very simple: Simply go to the Library Tab and choose any game you have installed. If you see the cloud icon next to the Play button with a tick mark it means that the Steam game's saved files match the ones on your computer. There's nothing to be concerned about.
If there is a mismatch between files you will see a cloud icon with an exclamation point. You can hover your mouse over this cloud icon to see the message: There are files that conflict with the Steam Cloud version. Click here to resolve. To open a new window in which Steam lists your saved games, click the cloud icon. To resolve the issue, select the version that you wish to upload to Steam. This will ensure that all your hard work is not wasted.

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