Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Steam China will give Chinese gamers their own platforn

Steam China will give Chinese gamers their own platforn

Valve has released a beta for its all-new Steam chat with new features, including a revamped friend list and chat system. That's potentially disruptive, but Valve and Perfect World are not promising that every game from Steam proper will show up on Steam China. 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.

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.

Next comes the new group chats. Drag some of them together into a chat window to create a new group chat, which can be refined with settings for text and voice channels as well as member permissions. That isn't a bad thing-Discord has become popular with many gamers because it's one of the best communications platforms out there-but it's hard not to think Valve took a little too much inspiration here.

Metro Exodus has some gnarly-looking monsters
A new extensive gameplay trailer for Metro Exodus was revealed during Microsoft's E3 press conference. Metro Exodus is slated to be released on on February 22 for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.


Finally, Valve said it also made some "improvements" to Steam's voice chat. 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.

This Steam Chat update looks a lot like Discord, another gaming-centric chat platform which has been called the "Slack for gamers." 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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