Steam Chat is Valve's new Discord-like chat platform

Ceria Alfonso
Junio 13, 2018

Valve is looking to change that though, with their newly revamped Steam Chat.

Xiao, Perfect World's CEO, says the company will introduce more games to China through Steam China, "providing quality content and improving the experience for both gamers and developers".

The new Steam Chat's first improvement comes in the form of an upgraded friends list. Steam, meanwhile, is one of the world's largest digital distribution platforms on PC, offering over 20,000 games to people around the world.

The new friends list enables favorite friends, groups, and chats to be maintained at the top of the list, where they're easily accessible, and they can also be grouped by game or by party, making it easier to keep track of who's playing what, and who's playing together. 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. Voice chat has also been rebuilt from the ground up, with Valve saying it now sounds a lot cleaner than it did before.

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Valve's feeling the pressure from Discord (and other chat services) and an overhaul of the chat interface and functionality was long overdue.

"Every chat on Steam is now multimedia friendly", Steam's page states, meaning you'll be able to share GIFs, videos from YouTube, audio from SoundCloud and more within the chat itself.

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

All features of the client are available in a desktop version, as well, meaning users may continue conversations after having logged out of the Steam client.

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