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Steam chat overhaul launches in Steam Beta update

Steam chat overhaul launches in Steam Beta update

China is now the world's biggest video games market, valued at more than $25 billion in 2016, according to a report from IHS Markit. 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. You can make individual channels, use voice chat in them, and even access your group chats through a web browser instead of Steam. You can also see what exactly a friend is doing in the game, whether sitting at the main menu or now in a match. This feature can be used by developers to implement custom details to be shown off by those playing their games.

"Steam voice chat was rewritten from the ground up with a new WebRTC-based backend". Steam chat supports video embeds, e.g. from YouTube, pictures, tweets, and other media content inline now.You can paste images into the chat simply by copying them to the Clipboard and pasting them.

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

Next comes the new group chats. This keeps your IP address private, which masks your physical location and also prevents network attacks. Let's get this out of the way right off the bat: these new group chats are very similar to Discord's servers. 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. 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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