You will soon no longer be able to play older versions of Steam games

The latest Steam Beta added a feature that apparently removes the ability for users to undo game updates or play older versions of games on Steam. In the new version, users won’t be able to download vaults of Steam games to play previous updates of their own games – and many are unhappy with this change.

There are many games that change radically between updates – there is, for example, an entire fan collective dedicated to finding and archiving all of the different versions of Minecraft over the years, and Counter-Strike is going to be regular with big changes updated.

From now on it is possible to download and play older versions of games that are on Steam with the help of SteamDB – all you have to do is find the depot of the version you want to play. The September 23 beta update of Steam apparently put an end to this practice – so once this update goes live on Steam, no one will be able to play older versions on Valve’s client.

This was discovered by SteamDB inventor Pavel Djundik, who confirmed that it would now be impossible to download older game repositories from Steam games and play with this new code – at least if Steam enforces it for all games. Pavel also says that this means that SteamDB must now “go back to the days when it could only keep track of files for what it owned” if it moves on. You can read Pavel’s full, detailed explanation on SteamDB.

The last Steam beta introduced an important change to game downloads.

With this change, it is no longer possible to download older versions of the game because the client asks for a code (GetManifestRequestCode) that rotates every five minutes.

– Pavel Djundik (@thexpaw) September 23, 2021

Many Steam tinkerers are upset about this change and are demanding that it be rolled back. Whether it will be the case before going live is of course entirely up to Valve.

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