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Valve introduces a revamped Steam Chat set to take on Discord

13 June, 2018, 17:58 | Author: Rafael Roberts
  • Steam goes to China with the help of Perfect World

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

The friends list now has a customizable favorites section at the top, for quick access to the people, groups, and chats you care about most.

Discord has become the de facto chat tool for gamers.

For the longest time, Steam's built-in chat functionality has not been what I would call good.


Other media content is recognized automatically, e.g. videos on YouTube, and embedded so that the content can be viewed directly in the chat window and not by clicking on the link to load an external resource in a web browser.

Once your friends start playing games you will see their status and if they are in a party with other friends. But Steam isn't available everywhere, one core region yet to be tapped is China. No bones about it: Steam's new persistent group chats are basically Discord. It is now easy to really create a community using the service, you can send game invites from within groups, and create separate channels within those groups too. It also comes with end-to-end encryption for added privacy and security. As the new overhaul is only available in the client to Steam beta users, interested parties will need to go to the client's Settings and opt into the Steam Beta Update in the Accounts tab.

If you are already enrolled in the beta releases, you may have to restart your client to get the new chat features. 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.

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