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Valve releases a new and very improved chat client for Steam

13 June 2018

The new functionality is in beta at the time of writing.

The new Steam Chat's first improvement comes in the form of an upgraded friends list. Starting a group chat is as simple as dragging an additional friend onto a chat window.

Your friends are now sorted by priority; in-game friends are still listed up-top, but are grouped together by game. This feature can be used by developers to implement custom details to be shown off by those playing their games.

Valve modernized the chat interface and its capabilities as well.

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

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Starting things off, there is now a favorites tab on top of the friends list, where users can pin their friends and group chats for easy access.

It is easier to start a voice chat now to get everyone join the same channel within seconds of posting the voice chat link in group chat.

There are a handful of other new quirks, too, like (finally!) a promised invisible mode and custom friend-request links you can email or send outside Steam.

Valve revealed that it invested heavily in making voice chat better resulting in clearer, crisper voice quality.

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I touched on it before, but Steam's voice-chat feature was horrendously insecure before, blaring out your IP address anytime you spoke.

The new chat features are now in open beta.

Discord has become the de facto chat tool for gamers.

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

Now you: Do you use chat applications for games or other activities?

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Valve releases a new and very improved chat client for Steam