Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Technology | By Lionel Gonzales

Steam's New Chat is a Lot Like Discord

Steam's New Chat is a Lot Like Discord

Perfect World CEO Robert H. Xiao said in a press release his company will introduce more games to the Chinese market through Steam China, providing quality content and improving the experience for both gamers and developers. 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. It's free. You don't have to chat like it's 2004. Soon, the AOL-esque chat of yore will be gone, replaced by the slick, fancy Discord chat of the present.

Valve is making it easier to chat with your friends while playing your favorite Steam games.

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It is easier to start a voice chat now to get everyone join the same channel within seconds of posting the voice chat link in group chat.

The new features are only available for those in the beta. As a result, voice chat uses high-quality Opus encoding, voice traffic is encrypted, and all traffic is sent through Steam servers rather than directly to peers. Your IP address is private in the new system to prevent attacks and privacy issues.

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. Valve is collecting feedback via this section of its forums. We don't know what the company plans to update, but if the overhauls are as extensive as those made to Steam Chat, the platform-slash-marketplace could soon be pretty different from what we've grown accustomed to.

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