I can no longer use Steam without this browser extension
To borrow a phrase from my teammates at the UK PC Gamer team, sometimes navigating Steam can be a real headache. You go to a game’s store page and it thinks you want to watch a developer livestream, when the stuff you really want to know is elsewhere. You need to jump on gg.deals (opens in a new tab) or IsThereAnyDeal (opens in a new tab) to make sure this game isn’t cheaper at another store, and check the PC Gaming Wiki (opens in a new tab) for any other potential surprises. Heaven forbid you want to see the price of a game in another currency, or sniff all of its DLCs at once rather than adding them to your cart one by one.
Back then, it needed a bunch of bookmarks and plugins like Enhanced Steam and Steam Inventory Helper to enhance Valve’s storefront. Now all of these features are combined in a single browser extension called Augmented Steam (opens in a new tab), which is so essential that I’m surprised more people don’t already know about it. Someone installs it every time I mention it. Augmented Steam is the Deus Ex of browser extensions. Here’s what it does.
Price comparison: Augmented Steam adds the historical lowest price and current best price of games to their store page. Prizes come from over 40 stores, including itch.io, GOG, Epic, and Fanatical, and you can remove stores from the list if you’re not interested in them. If a game has ever been in a Humble Bundle, Augmented Steam will let you know. It also displays regional price comparisons for different currencies, which can be customized. All of this information will also be on your wishlist when you hover over it.
More useful information about the store pages: By default, Steam store pages link to a game’s website, Facebook and Twitter, Discord server, and anything official. Augmented Steam adds its rating in OpenCritic and Metacritic, SteamCharts current and max player counts (opens in a new tab)duration of HowLongToBeat (opens in a new tab)as well as links to its pages on SteamDB, the PC Gaming Wiki, gameplay videos on Twitch and YouTube, and more.
Whereas nowadays Steam warns you about DRM and requirements from third-party launchers like the dreaded Ubisoft Connect, Augmented Steam stays a little stricter in its warnings, which come in an attention-grabbing red box rather than a be hidden to the side. . Plus, it always includes notices for Games For Windows Live and will let you know if a game is excluded from Family Sharing.
All this bonus data is customizable, so you can add links to ProtonDB (opens in a new tab) if you are on linux, or get rid of WSGF widescreen certifications (opens in a new tab), for example. Augmented Steam also connects user profiles to third-party sites, which is useful if you want to make sure someone is legit before trading with them by going directly to their page on SteamRep (opens in a new tab)Steam Trades (opens in a new tab)etc
Additional search filters and highlighting: Steam has improved its search function over the years, with filters to narrow results by tags, a price slider, Steam Deck compatibility, and more. Augmented Steam increases the usefulness of search even further with filters to hide Early Access games, anything already in your cart, and anything with a user review score below a chosen threshold. You can completely remove games with negative or even mixed ratings from the list, or get more specific with a review score slider and numeric review count range.
Even more useful, it color-codes your search results. Games you own will be green and games on your wishlist will be blue, but you can customize colors and add highlights for games you have coupons, gift copies or guest passes for, as well as those in your IsThereAnyDeal collection and your waiting list if you have them. The same color-coded highlights are used whenever Steam shows you a list of games, in a bundle for example.
Better navigation DLC: These highlights make it easier to search through DLC because you can tell at a glance what you’ve already purchased and what you haven’t. Augmented Steam also has tempting buttons to add all of a game’s unowned DLC to your cart at once, or all of the DLC you’ve added to your wishlist. Next time there’s a sale on Total War: Warhammer DLC, I’ll be grateful.
Faster Community Market: Augmented Steam puts an instant sell button on anything you own that has a buy order in the market. Ideal when you just want to get rid of trading cards or other junk clogging your inventory as quickly as possible. It also shows the current lowest price for items you’ve advertised for in case you’re more interested in playing the market, and adds more sorting options.
This is the one area where Augmented Steam could improve – it can take a while for the lowest prices to load and sometimes I have to refresh the page multiple times for it to appear at the bottom of the list. It’s better than having to get this information by clicking on every worthless Steam emote and every Team Fortress 2 case I own one at a time.
Skip Age Verification: Augmented Steam can’t stop Valve from forgetting my login info on a regular basis, but at least I don’t have to tell it my birthday every time I click on a game with Frequent Violence, Blood and Gore, Suggestive Themes, Strong Language, alcohol consumption or anything else flagging them as not being appropriate for all ages. Make sure he knows you were born on January 1, 1900, and he’ll remember it forever.
Also, go to Augmented Steam’s options and you can turn off that annoying LEAVING STEAM notice when you follow a link to an external site, and confirmation when you delete items from your wishlist.
Other extremely minor stuff: Why do Final Fantasy 11 and 13 have a ® in their name when the other Final Fantasy games don’t? What makes you so special? If the inconsistent use of trademarks and copyright symbols in names bothers you, Augmented Steam has the ability to hide them. He also has a random game launch feature, which I’m as likely to use as visiting his Discord server. (opens in a new tab)but it is there if you want it.
Just writing this article made me aware of even more little things Augmented Steam can do, like forcing trailers to MP4 and pinning profile backgrounds in place when you scroll down. If there’s one little thing Steam does that drives you crazy, this extension probably has a way to change it.
Augmented Steam is available for Chrome (opens in a new tab)firefox (opens in a new tab)and edge (opens in a new tab). This is a fork of Enhanced Steam, no longer updated, maintained by IsThereAnyDeal.