Steam goes to China with the help of Perfect World

Doris Richards
June 13, 2018

In a surprise reveal, Valve has pushed out a new Steam beta that completely overhauls Steam chat system, adding brand new features like in-line media viewing, better group chats, and more.

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.

"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. Rich presence has arrived as well, where users will now display their current in-game status such as the game mode or if they are currently matchmaking. Let's get this out of the way right off the bat: these new group chats are very similar to Discord's servers. 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. "Persistent groups" and channels are supported, and Valve also promised improved security via "a new WebRTC-based backend".


This Steam Chat update looks a lot like Discord, another gaming-centric chat platform which has been called the "Slack for gamers."

The new Steam Chat is available now via the Steam client and web browsers.

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