Perfect World and Valve announce Steam China

Perfect World and Valve announce Steam China

Robert H. Xiao, CEO of Perfect World said the company would introduce more games to China through Steam China, providing quality content and improving the experience for both gamers and developers. 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.

The very first thing that you may notice is that the chat interface is now detached from the main interface.

Steam voice chat was rewritten from the ground up with a new WebRTC-based backend.

Fortnite supports cross-play between Xbox One and Nintendo Switch
So, if you are a Fortnite lover, and you are a Switch owner, the game is available right now for you to grab. As The Verge explains , there's one other side-effect PS4 users need to be reminded of.

In-line images, video, tweets, audio, and other media can now be shared in the chat client, and you'll be able to share trade offer links as well. It's not clear if this means other Valve titles won't be available in the region yet, or what that means for the wider library of games on Steam, but it seems likely that in time many of them will be released there.

Channels may be added to group chats in a similar manner that they are in Discord or Slack, with new persistent channels bring added for text or voice chat. All traffic will be sent through Stream servers rather than be directed individually to peers, meaning user IP address will remain private, keeping the possibility of network attacks minimal, as physical locations are masked.

The new Steam Chat was released today and is available now via the Steam Beta option you which you can find in Settings and then Account. 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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