Saturday, 23 June, 2018


Valve Updates Steam Chat With New Friends List, Group Tools

Steam's game library via the Steam Link Android app.                  Taylor Martin  CNET Steam's game library via the Steam Link Android app. Taylor Martin CNET
Melba Vasquez | 13 June, 2018, 18:48

Steam's game library via the Steam Link Android app. You can now add favourite friends, groups, and chats to the top of the chat window for easy access.

The very first thing that you may notice is that the chat interface is now detached from the main interface.

For PC gamers there are plenty of avenues to purchase titles digitally, yet the dominant platform most will use is Valve's Steam. 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.

Video game stories from other sites on the web. Steam chat supports video embeds, e.g. from YouTube, pictures, tweets, and other media content inline now.You can paste images into the chat simply by copying them to the Clipboard and pasting them. 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.

A preview of the Steam Chat platform.                  Screenshot by Gordon Gottsegen  CNET
A preview of the Steam Chat platform. Screenshot by Gordon Gottsegen CNET

Valve has built a fancy new page that describes all the new features, which can be found here.

The new Steam Chat was released today and is available now via the Steam Beta option you which you can find in Settings and then Account. The company said that the "new UI framework" and "important architectural improvements under the hood" will allow it to improve aspects of the core Steam experience once the new Steam Chat makes its debut.

In many ways, the new Steam Chat resembles the popular voice-chat service Discord, so gamers already using that service will likely be familiar with the functionality already.

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