Valve Software announced that its digital distribution platform Steam is getting an upgrade to make it faster with smaller downloads and an overhauled content system. The first game to take advantage of the system’s new features will be upcoming online fantasy strategy-RPG game, DOTA 2.
"The maximum aggregate bandwidth of the system will be greater than the current system; this will help us satisfy spikes in demand when there’s a big release," Valve stated on its official web site. "We will also be able to send content from more places, to better serve people all around the globe."
Valve also claims that the new system will allow the company to add new features to Steam in the future such as download scheduling, bandwidth throttling, prioritizing downloads, and update downloads while playing a game.
Hopefully this new system will turn an 8 hour download into something less time consuming. Here’s to hoping.