Valve introduces a revamped Steam Chat set to take on Discord

Steam now publishes over 20 new games a day

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. It's free. You don't have to chat like it's 2004. The improvements to Steam voice chat will make it easier for users to organize games with their friends since they will be able to see whether or not they are already in a voice channel, and may request them to join theirs with the click of a button.

The chat platform lets you compile a friends list (with features like favorites and group chats) and shows what game everyone is playing. You can also see what exactly a friend is doing in the game, whether sitting at the main menu or now in a match.

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Another new feature is that friends are grouped by game now when they play games and that they may also be grouped by party. Voice chat was rewritten using WebRTC which means that voice chat is encrypted now, that traffic is sent through Steam servers, and that it uses Opus encoding now. 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. Voice chat has also been rebuilt from the ground up, with Valve saying it now sounds a lot cleaner than it did before.

Discord has become the de facto chat tool for gamers. Your IP address is private in the new system to prevent attacks and privacy issues.

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The new Steam Chat is available now via the Steam client and web browsers.

Next comes the new group chats.

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