Valve Launches Beta for Completely Overhauled Set of Steam Chat Features

Steam goes to China with the help of Perfect World

Valve has released a brand new chat system for Steam, with a bevy of new features including a customizable (and prettier) friends list, group chat options, more seamless voice chatting, an invisible mode, shareable friend request links, and more. The gaming company just announced Steam Chat, which is now in beta for anyone to try.

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

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".

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The chat platform lets you compile a friends list (with features like favorites and group chats) and shows what game everyone is playing. To top it off, this updated friends list will also share information about what's happening in their games thanks to a new "rich presence" option for developers.

Next comes the new group chats. 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 chose to make the UI look more like Steams. It's free. You don't have to chat like it's 2004. 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.

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