What is Steamworks Common Redistributables? Is it Safe? How to Hide it?

You will hardly ever come across someone who has never played a game, and by virtue of that has accessed a diversity of platforms. These platforms are many and players are at will to choose whichever they like. However, there is one platform that almost every gamer is familiar with at that is Steam.

If you happen to be someone who played games via Steam, chances are that you know what Steamworks Common Redistributables are. These files have most definitely appeared in your library. But you must also be puzzled as you are not sure why these files made it to your library in the first place. If you are interested in knowing more about Steamworks Common Redistributables, I suggest that you continue reading.

You should never conflate playing a game on Windows with playing a game on some other operating system. These are two completely different things. For instance, when you are playing on Windows, the games will need some extra files so that it can integrate with Windows and run the game smoothly.

This is something that will not be found in most of the other platforms. In case you are not familiar with Steam, it is a video game distributing service. This service was first launched by Valve. Initially it did not support games, but back in 2003, it was launched as a standalone software so that it could automatically update games.

What is Steamworks common redistributables? 

Now that we have a fairly good idea about Steam, let us turn our attention to Steamworks Common Redistributables. In simple words, Steamworks Common Redistributables is a free suite for tools as well as files.

The function of Steamworks Common Redistributables is to optimize your game settings so that your gaming experience is smooth just by the addition of a few files in Windows. These files are a necessity for Steamworks Common Redistributables to do its job well. Steamworks Common Redistributables comprises the following files:

  1. .NET Framework
  2. DirectX Redistributable
  3. OpenAL
  4. PhysX
  5. Visual C++ (2010, 2013, 2015)

Steamworks Common Redistributables bundles all the files together thereby helping the game to run without any glitch. Every game as well as app can be incorporated in the Steamworks Common Redistributables.

The file required in the library will be installed which will enable the game to run as well as update every time a new version is on the horizon.

The owner of Valve is the one who is responsible for maintaining the Steamworks Common Redistributables. They also send it to users in the form of OTA updates as it becomes available.

Prior to the launching of Steamworks Common Redistributables, developers used to write script code separately. These used to be part of the game and required a considerable amount of hard work.

It was pretty time consuming. After the launching of Steamworks Common Redistributables, everything has become extremely easy.

The files of Steamworks Common Redistributables enables you to conserve your bandwidth as well as storage while in use. Once you install the game that you like, the necessary files of Steamworks Common Redistributables will be installed automatically. Your game will run without having to face any roadblock.

How does it work?

Prior to the launching of Steamworks Common Redistributables, you had to install redistributables, every time you downloaded another new game. Chances are that this game required the redistributables for running. Let us assume that you want to play 3 distinct games and you downloaded all three.

This also means that your system now has to deal with three separate files of Steamworks Common Redistributables. However, after the launching of Steamworks Common Redistributables, you can simply download the games and every necessary file will be installed automatically.

  • This also means that when you download and install a second game, the Steamworks Common Redistributables will not be downloaded for the second time.
  • Each new game that you install will recognise that the files of Steamworks Common Redistributables have already been installed. 

What is more is that you are not required to keep track of the updates of these files of Steamworks Common Redistributables. All updates are handled by Steam and they happen automatically in addition to not consuming any space more than what is required. 

Should I get rid of Steamworks common redistributables?

The most straightforward answer to this question is, No, you should not get rid of Steamworks Common Redistributables. This is because the Steamworks Common Redistributables is a necessary script which is essential for running the game smoothly and updating it as and when necessary.

But if you really want to get rid, it is advisable that you do not take the extreme step of deleting Steamworks Common Redistributables. Instead, what you can do is hiding the Steamworks Common Redistributables from the library section. This will not cause any interruption while you are playing or even browsing. 

When you download any game, Steamworks Common Redistributables will save you a lot of time as well as space, as discussed previously. If you want to download a new game, it will examine your system to see whether or not those files are already there on your system. It will also look for files that are more important for this new game.

Now, if you just remove those files, you might experience some problems relating to the launching the game or just playing it. The most interesting titbit though, is that if you delete the Steamworks Common Redistributables, they will be downloaded again with the installation of a new game.

You will not have to manually update them if that is what you are worried about. They get updated and optimised very often. Even after all the above justifications, you may still want to get rid of the Steamworks Common Redistributables. In that case keep reading to know more the process. 

How to hide it?

As stated previously, you will not be required to delete Steamworks Common Redistributables. Deleting might have some unintended consequence such as the game not working properly or even crashing midway while you are playing. Therefore, what you should do instead is hide these files from the library section. 

The steps of hiding the files of Steamworks Common Redistributables are very simple to follow. Here they are: 

  • Go to Steam and the open the library option.
  • Right-click the option that says Steamworks Common Redistributables.
  • Now click on manage followed by clicking on “Hide this game”.

Wasn’t that just too easy? You will not have to delete the files after all then and you can still enjoy a good game. 

Conclusion

I have mentioned the importance of Steamworks Common Redistributables to the point of annoyance, perhaps. But what you should also know that these files are in no way any kind of virus which should get you worried. And if you find it annoying, you are always free to hide the Steamworks Common Redistributables. It is perfectly safe. 

You can also view the hidden files if you want to. Just click the library option and then proceed to your hidden file. The presence of these files generally saves you from a lot of effort and therefore the wise thing to do is to not delete them.

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