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Valve And Perfect World Games Announce Steam China

July 16 2018, 04:24 | Alexander Lowe

Above Steam is heading to China

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Valve is officially bringing Steam to China with the help of game and movie company Perfect World, it announced Monday.

Available now in the Steam client beta, Steam Chat offers the ability to chat with other users on Steam with either group or individual messaging - via both text and voice - as well offering a host of improvements to the client's friends list. You can now add favourite friends, groups, and chats to the top of the chat window for easy access. While in that mode, you can see your friends (and enemies) and chat just like normal, without so many people chatting at you that you spill your tea into your lap.

For the longest time, Steam's built-in chat functionality has not been what I would call good. Soon, the AOL-esque chat of yore will be gone, replaced by the slick, fancy Discord chat of the present.

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The new chat features are now in open beta.

Video game stories from other sites on the web. "Persistent groups" and channels are supported, and Valve also promised improved security via "a new WebRTC-based backend". 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. 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. We don't know what the company plans to update, but if the overhauls are as extensive as those made to Steam Chat, the platform-slash-marketplace could soon be pretty different from what we've grown accustomed to.

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