One of the coolest pieces of software available on Steam isn’t a design tool for video games; it’s not benchmarking software, or an aid to make lewd anime tiddies. No, one of the coolest pieces of software on Steam right now is Kristjan Skutta’s Wallpaper Engine.
This nifty piece of equipment allows you to import images, resize them, animate them, and then save them and share them with other people online via a convenient, easy-to-use desktop app that allows you to browse and add new desktops to your PC with the press of a button and the click of the mouse.
The utility graduated from Early Access on Steam just recently, and is currently available for purchase on the Steam store for just $3.99.
This was an instant buy for me because I’ve always wanted a very specific kind of active desktop for my gaming rig, but there were never any available on the Windows Store. But with Wallpaper Engine I’ve been able to find exactly what I’ve been looking for.
You can scale images from still-life, the environment, animals, or even video games, and allow others to adopt your custom wallpapers from 1280 x 720 resolutions all the way up to 4K.
There are standard and custom ratios, including 16:9, 21:9, 16:10, and 4:3. Multi-monitor options are supported, and you can have a playlist mix of static and/or animated wallpapers. You can also share and download community creations through the Steam Workshop, spanning more than 350,000 community creations. The program is actually rather lightweight (depending on your settings), requiring only 1.66GHz and 1GB of RAM to get started. You’ll also need about 512MB of storage space. If you want higher resolution and more complex animated desktop wallpapers, you will need more processing power, though.
You can grab a copy of Wallpaper Engine right now from the Steam store. Also, if you’re into the whole cyberpunk thing, definitely check out some of the night city sunrise desktops or the Star Citizen animated desktops based on the ArcCorp planet. And yes, you can have bouncing anime tiddies as your background, if you want.