If you are a gamer then you already know what DLC stands for, but if you don’t, it is Downloadable Content for games. Steam is a multiplayer platform that distributes games and other media. Steam works well with downloadable content because it works just like downloading the game initially. There can still be issues with DLC though.
A few years back now, you used to just buy a game and that was the end of it. there wasn’t any additional content needed. It was the whole package in one and was ready to play as soon as you bought it. DLC then came along and flipped the script on the game industry. It has been a decade give or take since the idea of DLC has come about in the game world and there are still people on both sides of the fence on this topic. Some people like DLC because it lets developers add features and content while fixing bugs in the process. When it actually adds value to the game people don’t mind paying for DLC.
With that being said, there are some game developers that use DLC as a way to make extra money off of the people that play their games without adding any real value to a game. There are developers that will put a game out before it is actually finished and then charge people more for the DLC that is actually just the rest of the game or they use DLC to get more money out of gamers that don’t have a season pass for the game. Sadly, it seems that it doesn’t matter how much people complain, DLC is here and there is nothing gamers can do about it.
How to Install DLC in Steam
DLC is managed just like when you buy the game in the first place. You can buy the DLC on the game page. It is located under the DLC banner. You can also buy it straight from the Steam store if you want. When you have purchased the DLC it will appear in your Steam Library which is on the game page already mentioned. It seems to be easier to buy DLC from the Steam Library and here is how.
1. Go to your Steam game library and choose the game you are trying to buy DLC for
2. Choose the Find More DLC option in the store from the center pane on the screen
3. Now, choose the DLC you are wanting to buy in the Store page once it is open. The process to buy DLC is the same as buying a game
4. Now, go to the Library and the DLC will be in the middle under DLC
5. When the DLC is finished downloading it should say Installed under the DLC banner
Depending on your internet connection and the size of the DLC that you are downloading, it can take quite awhile for the DLC to fully download. You can see DLC that you have installed from the Game Properties window as well.
1. Right click on the game in your Steam library and then choose Properties
2. Then, click the DLC tab in the window that appears, and you can see if the DLC has been fully installed or not.
How to Troubleshoot DLC in Steam
Steam is usually a solid platform that works well with DLC, but just like all technology, it can throw fits and not want to work properly. Of course, this only happens when you are pumped up about a game or DLC, cause why else would you have bought it. There are a few things you can try if Steam is having issues with a game or DLC.
The first thing you want to check when troubleshooting a problem with DLC in Steam is to make sure that there aren’t additional steps required for the DLC to work. Sometimes a developer will require you to check an email for a code and enter it in their website to “encourage” people to go to their site. Make sure this isn’t the case before moving on in the troubleshooting process.
The next step in the troubleshooting process is to make sure that the DLC is actually fully downloaded.
1. Go to Library in your top menu
2. Then, click Downloads
3. If the file is still downloading, you will be able to see it here and tell how far in the download process it is.
Other Troubleshooting Methods
1. Restart Steam and then wait for the DLC to download
2. You will want to wait an hour or two to give Steam time to download the DLC in case there are any issues with servers or something like that
3. Right click on the game in your Library and select Properties
4. Then, click on the Local Files tab and Verify Integrity of Game Files
5. Log out of Steam completely and log back in
6. Restart your computer
7. You can check game forums to make sure that it is the game itself that is having issues with DLC and not you. You can use the Community Hub or News for information on this
All of these methods do work. It just depends on the situation which one will work for you at the time.