Steam gamers will now be able to show off their gaming skillz in a more convenient way – at least, in beta. Steam screenshots have just been introduced – so now, anyone who plays games and run the Steam overlay will be able to hit F12 to take a handy capture of whatever’s on the screen.
You’ll have to opt-in for this one, if you haven’t already – head to Steam, then select Settings > Account, and change your beta participation to “Beta Update”. Then, you’re good to go!
By default, screenshots are automatically uploaded to the Steam Cloud after exiting the game, or if you’d prefer things to happen a little quicker, you can add them manually through the in-game overlay. Images are managed through the Steam Community website, and you can publish them directly to your profile to share with your mates.
Don’t like hitting F12? That’s up to you – you can adjust the hotkey in your preferences.
Don’t want things to upload automatically to the Cloud? Tell them not to!
…the clever sods at Steam are currently working on an interface that will let you manage your local collection of screenshots, so you can choose which ones you want to upload, and which ones you want to delete.
As you may have suspected by the “Beta” tag on this one, it’s still a work in progress, and the developers are still working on fine-tuning it and ironing out all the kinks. If you choose to try it out for yourself, make sure you visit the Steam Screenshots thread in their forums, to point out bugs, suggest improvements, or just tell the developers how wonderful they are.