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Steam Announces 'Steam Chat' Client to Improve On-Platform Communication

Steam Announces 'Steam Chat' Client to Improve On-Platform Communication

The new Steam chat revamps how your friends list is organized, with a customizable "favorites" section up top followed by friends grouped up in a party or by which game they're now playing.

Xiao, Perfect World's CEO, says the company will introduce more games to China through Steam China, "providing quality content and improving the experience for both gamers and developers".

The friends list now has a customizable favorites section at the top, for quick access to the people, groups, and chats you care about most. It's not clear if this means other Valve titles won't be available in the region yet, or what that means for the wider library of games on Steam, but it seems likely that in time many of them will be released there.

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Valve's feeling the pressure from Discord (and other chat services) and an overhaul of the chat interface and functionality was long overdue. It only takes one click to create, join, or leave a channel. Open up a conversation with a friend or a group chat to send and receive messages with text, pictures, video, tweets and voice calls.

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. Voice chat has also been rebuilt from the ground up, with Valve saying it now sounds a lot cleaner than it did before. Your IP address is private in the new system to prevent attacks and privacy issues.

Valve has built a fancy new page that describes all the new features, which can be found here. Whether that is enough to convince users to skip third-party chat clients to go back to Steam remains to be seen.

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