Steam: How it could manage fast and big storage

It’s 2020, one decade of SSD and Steam still doesn’t help PC gamers, but they can!

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Prioritizing your games, one at a time

There is no point of comparison between the best HDD in SATA III and the best SSD in NVMe form. Even if an HDD can saturate the 750 MB/s offered by the bus is connected when reading something, an average $100 SSD can start from 2000 MB/s upwards.

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  1. Games which load times can benefit from.
  2. Games that are constantly played.
  3. Games that are installed forcefully (pinned).

Moving games automatically

By default, games stay in their libraries. The user can use the “move installation” to another library, but you would probably not want to do it for every game, but rather, let Steam decide if you could benefit from better load times.

  • If the game can fit in the swap area, remove the least played games in the swap space until the most played game fits.
  • If the game doesn’t fit, don’t move it at all.
  • Go to the next game in the list of most played and repeat.

First world problems

Bob has a 256GB SSD and a 1TB HDD. Bob mostly plays Dota 2, and lately has played more Doom Eternal than Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. Steam has auto-moving enabled for all games, so it will intelligently schedule moving Doom Eternal into the SSD.

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