In an attempt to compete with the likes of the gaming chat app and service Discord, Valve has this week rolled out a very needed redesign to its Steam Chat. Previously an outdated, clunky service, the new service is now much more in line with other gaming chat services and is equipped with new features that are already standard on other gaming chat apps.
Valve has now added favourite friends, groups, and chats all in easy access from the top of the main chat window. The new Steam Chat is also available through your web browser. “Maybe you regularly play with the same group of people, a group chat makes it simple to see who is online and ready to play. Start a voice channel, send out some game invites, and you’re ready to go.”
“Every chat on Steam is now multi-media friendly. Getting your point across is easier than ever, now that everyone can see your GIFs inline rather than a list of links. Paste a picture from the clipboard and upload it directly to the chat.” New features of the revamped Valve Steam Chat service include :
– Within any group, create a new persistent channel any time, either for text or voice. General, off topic, memes, knitting, people who love cats, etc.
– Now you can create and send links that will invite people directly into your group chat.
– Email, message, or text the link for them to join from the Steam Client or a web browser.
– It’s just one click to create a channel, one click to join, and one click to leave.
Jump over to the Steam community website for more details and to learn more and join the beta development stage now.