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

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 13, 2018

Valve has released the public beta of Steam Chat, a new client that allows users to chat on the Steam platform easily.

The new functionality is in beta at the time of writing. While in that mode, you can see your friends (and enemies) and chat just like normal, without so many people chatting at you that you spill your tea into your lap. It features a number of improvements including options to pin friends or group chats to the top for fast access and a group chats interface that lists chats right then and there. Starting a group chat is as simple as dragging an additional friend onto a chat window. You can also see what exactly a friend is doing in the game, whether sitting at the main menu or now in a match. Not all games show what Valve calls rich presence but many popular ones do already.

Valve modernized the chat interface and its capabilities as well.

"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. 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.

Channels may be added to group chats in a similar manner that they are in Discord or Slack, with new persistent channels bring added for text or voice chat.

Valve revealed that it invested heavily in making voice chat better resulting in clearer, crisper voice quality.

The new features are only available for those in the beta. Let's get this out of the way right off the bat: these new group chats are very similar to Discord's servers.

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. You'll also know if they're grouped up, and where (approximately) they are in the game, so you don't drop directly into a hail of bullets (like usual).

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