Steam has launched its chat service for all users, Earlier, the chat service was unveiled for beta users in June. Valve wants to battle along the Discord, which is quite popular third-party chat service available for gamers. The all-new Steam Chat service includes new features like group chats, multimedia messaging, voice chat and many more.
This chat service can be used both by Steam Client and Web interface.
Steam chat client offers you the functionality to share the GIF, videos with your steam friends. It also offers a similar group chat feature as available in Discord. You can also check in your friend list to see if you are friends are talking over the voice channel, in order to join them.
Steam chat client
Valve has officially said that The company is promising “clear, crisp voice quality”, with the service said to be rewritten from the ground up with a new WebRTC-based backend. Valve adds that voice chat “uses high-quality Opus encoding, voice traffic is encrypted, and all traffic is sent through Steam servers rather than directly to peers. This keeps your IP address private, which masks your physical location and also prevents network attacks.”
Discord has 130 million registered users and apart from gaming chat platform, it also holds a strong reputation under social media messaging. Back in 2011, Electronic Arts launched their own storefront Origin in order to part with Steam and at that time it became difficult for players to manage friendslist across various platforms. But, when Discord came 3 years ago, it solved this problem and received a positive response from the gaming community.
But now, it would be really interesting to see whether the new Steam chat platform can win back the users. Steam wants to make their product as attractive as they can, as Steam is the most popular game store platform.
Let us know in the comments section, your experience on this new Steam chat client. Is it good like Discord or not?