Steam goes to China with the help of Perfect World

Joanna Estrada
June 13, 2018

Xiao, Perfect World's CEO, says the company will introduce more games to China through Steam China, "providing quality content and improving the experience for both gamers and developers".

The new Steam chat revamps how your friends list is organized, with a customizable "favorites" section up top followed by friends grouped up in a party or by which game they're now playing. For those of you who still remember Myspace, the new friends list will also let you designate some friends as "favorites", so get ready to compete for that coveted status. Game developers will now have the option of including other information in list entries as well, such as where players are located in their game, or whether they're available for matchmaking.

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.

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

Also, groups can now have their own text and voice channels, à la discord, even letting users generate invite links that other users can just click to join.

For PC gamers there are plenty of avenues to purchase titles digitally, yet the dominant platform most will use is Valve's Steam. 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. The option to opt-in into this beta can be found in the Steam account settings.

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