Users can also invite friends to groups by sending a URL to them, which will automatically add them to the group. The update also gives the whole Steam client a slightly blue makeover. It nearly seems like the company is quietly hoping to become the central hub of PC gamers' lives, rather than merely being a place where they buy a bunch of games they might never play.
Steam Chat is now out of beta, live for regular users in the Steam client itself and on the web.
For those who primarily use the text-based chat system, new improvements include full multimedia support with inline video, pictures, social media embedding, and more, as well as drag-and-drop addition of new members to existing groups.
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"Friends and chat are just the beginning", Valve said.
But the updates to Steam Chats don't stop with group chats. People also like to play games that aren't on Steam-surprise!-and they are probably used to using something like Discord for those games.
Created to offer both voice and text chat functionality, and to keep users within the Steam ecosystem rather than having them defect to third-party chat clients like the popular Discord, the revamped Steam Chat comes with a raft of improvements. A new "rich presence" tool lets devs show exactly what your friends are doing in their game, too, and improvements have been made to call quality and the platform's security. Overhauling the chat system is a start, and it will be welcomed by many users, but it remains to be seen how many abandon Discord in favor of Valve's option.