Valve And Perfect World Games Announce Steam China

Steam goes to China with the help of Perfect World

Valve has released a beta for its all-new Steam chat with new features, including a revamped friend list and chat system.

"Every chat on Steam is now multimedia friendly", Steam's page states, meaning you'll be able to share GIFs, videos from YouTube, audio from SoundCloud and more within the chat itself. This feature can be used by developers to implement custom details to be shown off by those playing their games.

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". Rich presence has arrived as well, where users will now display their current in-game status such as the game mode or if they are currently matchmaking.

Next comes the new group chats.

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Within a group chat you have the option to add additional text channels, voice channels, member permissions.

Finally, Valve said it also made some "improvements" to Steam's voice chat. It's free. You don't have to chat like it's 2004. This keeps your IP address private, which masks your physical location and also prevents network attacks.

The new Steam Chat is available now via the Steam client and web browsers. Valve is collecting feedback via this section of its forums.

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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