View Full Version : Prevent multiple downloads of similar files in parallel

05-15-2011, 12:08 PM
I recently activated my copy of Portal 2 and it gave me to option of downloading both the game and the authoring tools. I selected both and it began two 10GB downloads in parallel. I canceled the authoring tools download and deleted its local content. When the game finished, I downloaded the authoring tools again and this time it was just a 50MB download.

I know Steam checks for similar files when downloads are done sequentially (at least for Source games). It would be awesome if you could somehow extend this to parallel downloads. It would save both users and Steam precious bandwidth and time.