Valve And Perfect World Games Announce Steam China

Valve And Perfect World Games Announce Steam China

Valve will be working with Perfect World Games, a Chinese partner, to make a version of Steam for China.

PC gamers using the Steam client have typically had to turn to third-party programs such as Discord or Teamspeak to power in-game voice chat, but it looks like Valve is finally getting around to integrating the much-desired feature with the introduction of a new Steam Chat service. Other parts of the client have received some visual upgrades as well, including the in-game overlay, but the main brunt of the update is focused on the chat system. For those of you who still remember Myspace, the new friends list will also let you designate some friends as "favorites", so get ready to compete for that coveted status. To top it off, this updated friends list will also share information about what's happening in their games thanks to a new "rich presence" option for developers. These groups can be made permanent by saving them with a custom name and thumbnail.

New features include a modernized chat experience, a more flexible friend list, group chats built for gaming, and more. 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.

The new features are only available for those in the beta.

Steam Chat is available to trial now and is in beta on both the desktop client and in your web browser. The option to opt-in into this beta can be found in the Steam account settings.

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