It has been a bit over a year since Valve released their dedicated desktop chatting service under their Steam umbrella. Now the company has brought out an official messaging app.
The new app has already been made available on both Android and iOS, and comes under the title of 'Steam Chat.' As expected, the app encompasses everything that was included within the desktop version of Steam Chat but instead aims to be much more accessible for the user.
Since Valve are moving more into communication and a better user experience across their Steam platform, it will be interesting to see if they can develop a service that would be good enough to pull gamers from communication programs such as TeamSpeak or Discord. It could be possible that Valve are aiming to spit out the ultimate communication platform that will render these programs obsolete, and keep Steam users on their platform.
If you are interested in downloading the new app, a link to the App Store can be found here and a link to the Google Play Store can be found here. A list of the apps features has also been provided below.
- Friends List - See who's in game or online at a glance. Never miss an opportunity to play.
- Rich Chat - Your chats get even better with higher fidelity links, videos, tweets, GIFs, Giphy, Steam emoticons, and more.
- Invite Links - Add new friends on Steam with a link. Generate an invite link you can text or email.
- Customizable Notifications - Mobile notifications mean you'll never miss a message or game invite. You can customize your notifications per friend, group chat, and chat channel.
- Group Chats - Get everyone on the same page. Groups make it easier to do things like stay in touch with your communities and organize game night with your best friends.