Let's get this out of the way right off the bat: these new group chats are very similar to Discord's servers. It offers a sleek design that makes it easy for huge numbers of gamers to congregate in a group and coordinate.More news: Mix of Western, Asian dishes served at Trump-Kim summit during lunch
Valve has announced a new partnership with Chinese video game developer, Perfect World, to release a new version of Steam in China, called Steam China. Plus, all chats now display images, videos, tweets, and links inline in a rich, attractive way. Online friends are now grouped by what game they are playing. New features include a modernized chat experience, a more flexible friend list, group chats built for gaming, and more. But Steam isn't available everywhere, one core region yet to be tapped is China. It is now easy to really create a community using the service, you can send game invites from within groups, and create separate channels within those groups too.
As mentioned before, the chat window will now expand and show any media that is posted on it without needing to open the link, applying to videos, images, gifs, tweets, and more. No bones about it: Steam's new persistent group chats are basically Discord. It also comes with end-to-end encryption for added privacy and security.More news: British lawmakers vote to deny Parliament veto of Brexit deal
Steam Chat is available to trial now and is in beta on both the desktop client and in your web browser.
Valve has built a fancy new page that describes all the new features, which can be found here. Today, though, Valve revealed a much-needed modern makeover, and you can try it now.More news: How did Mark Sanford lose last night? Take a guess