So, on with it: The biggest concern, or well, annoyance, of Steam is its slow downloads. I mean, come on – sure you have millions of users downloading something or the other at once (thanks to your repeated assault on our wallets), but Valve, how hard is it invest in a few more servers and better data sharing?
But to whine is not the point of this article (that’s for another time). What is, is showing you how to, possibly, download faster with Steam.
Back story: browsing through the on-going Steam sale late in the night, my eyes fell on Psychonauts. Embarrassment quickly swelled up on my face. I had never bothered to play this game – a game regarded as one of the best adventure-platform title ever. So, out of guilt, and to redeem myself, I bought it. It was only $2.49 (it’s $4.99 till Jan 2nd). I started the download and expected Steam to trickle over slowly, which it did without fail. Annoyed, I Google’d for a solution.
After rummaging through various forum threads filled with similar complaints, I landed on Steam’s ‘Content Server Stat‘ page. This page shows all the servers that Steam employs, and how ‘loaded’ they are with serving users downloads. My experience with Gamershell.com downloads kicked in – the lesser the load on a server, the faster the speed, right?
This post has been edited by coastie65: 22 December 2011 - 07:11 AM