Valve introduces a revamped Steam Chat set to take on Discord

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In a surprise reveal, Valve has pushed out a new Steam beta that completely overhauls Steam chat system, adding brand new features like in-line media viewing, better group chats, and more.

The chat platform lets you compile a friends list (with features like favorites and group chats) and shows what game everyone is playing. It's free. You don't have to chat like it's 2004.

A preview of the Steam Chat platform.

Valve has built a fancy new page that describes all the new features, which can be found here. 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 decided to make the UI look more like Steams. Plus, all chats now display images, videos, tweets, and links inline in a rich, lovely way.

Valve will be working with Perfect World Games, a Chinese partner, to make a version of Steam for China. It only takes one click to create, join, or leave a channel. 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. Available in beta now, the Steam Chat update acknowledges that a chat-life without animated gifs, YouTube links, and voice chat that doesn't blare out your IP address every time you speak isn't a chat-life worth living. The new Steam Chat is also available through your web browser.

In many ways, the new Steam Chat resembles the popular voice-chat service Discord, so gamers already using that service will likely be familiar with the functionality already.

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