Valve Launches Beta for Completely Overhauled Set of Steam Chat Features

Steam goes to China with the help of Perfect World

It's free. You don't have to chat like it's 2004. This feature can be used by developers to implement custom details to be shown off by those playing their games.

Finally, Valve said it also made some "improvements" to Steam's voice chat. Other parts of the client have received some visual upgrades as well, including the in-game overlay, but the main brunt of the update is focused on the chat system. You have the in-line media, the ability to create multiple text or voice channels in each group, and the ability to invite friends to a group with a link.it's nearly like someone at Valve opened Discord and decided to make the UI look more like Steams. You can also save your group chats with a name and avatar, making it easier to come back to them later to pick up the conversation or to play games with those same friends.

"Steam voice chat was rewritten from the ground up with a new WebRTC-based backend".

Tencent’s We Game platform
Tencent’s We Game platform

You can post invites to group chat to individual friends but also in group chats or by using text links and sending them using email or other means of communication outside of the Steam client.

If you are already enrolled in the beta releases, you may have to restart your client to get the new chat features. All traffic will be sent through Stream servers rather than be directed individually to peers, meaning user IP address will remain private, keeping the possibility of network attacks minimal, as physical locations are masked. Point your favorite browser to https://steamcommunity.com/chat and sign in to your account to use the new functionality.

Discord has become the de facto chat tool for gamers. You'll also know if they're grouped up, and where (approximately) they are in the game, so you don't drop directly into a hail of bullets (like usual).


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