Monday, 17 December, 2018

Steam's New Chat is a Lot Like Discord

CREDIT Valve CREDIT Valve
Katie Ramirez | 13 June, 2018, 17:57

The company didn't elaborate on the general improvements, but it did say that you can quickly see if your friends are in a voice chat right from your friends list, and that you should notice "clear, crisp voice quality before, during, and after your games".

Chat makes it easy now to add friends to group chats and these chats even persist across Steam sessions so that they become available whenever you sign in to Steam on supported devices.

The chat platform lets you compile a friends list (with features like favorites and group chats) and shows what game everyone is playing.

Your friends are now sorted by priority; in-game friends are still listed up-top, but are grouped together by game.

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

There are a handful of other new quirks, too, like (finally!) a promised invisible mode and custom friend-request links you can email or send outside Steam. Your IP address is private in the new system to prevent attacks and privacy issues. Let's get this out of the way right off the bat: these new group chats are very similar to Discord's servers.

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

Steam Chat is available to trial now and is in beta on both the desktop client and in your web browser.

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