Valve Releases Steam Chat Application For iOS And Android Platforms
Valve a video game developer, digital distributor and publisher launched the Steam Gaming Platform in the year 2003. Since then, it has been the largest digital platform for game titles such as Counter Strike: Global Offensive and DOTA 2. The company has freshly released Steam Chat for iOS and Android, officially making it the counterpart of its Desktop variant.
Steam Chat: Features
The mobile version of Steam chat retains many features that the desktop application offers. Notably, the desktop application had a major overhaul in its design and functionality in the year 2018. Steam Chat does include the same Group chat functionality along with the smartphone tweaks like customizable notifications. As of now, the application does not support voice chat functionality. However, the developer states the feature will soon make its way to the application with future updates.
The mobile version of Steam chat has been released after Steam Link for iOS was launched. The said application allows users to beam Steam games from their desktop PC to their iPhones, iPads, or even the Apple TV. Noteworthy, the feature was almost skipped over by Apple entirely in 2018.
Not something that’ll whisk away Gamers from their adored Discord Voice Chat App, but a Steam Chat is an interesting take on the same formula of
- Friend’s List: Users can see their friends’ activity, for instance, which game are they playing.
- Invite Links: Steam Users can add new friends with an Invite Link.
- Group Chats: Users can have their eSports teams together under a special group.
- Streamlined Interface: The Steam Chat app provides an overall smoother experience than the past iterations by Valve via its Steam App on the mobile platform.
Essentially, all the features in the newly released Steam chat application are a take on Discord’s tried and a test set of features which made it a huge success. For those who do not know, Discord is one of the most popular VOIP application primarily used by developers and gamers. With the advent of Steam Chat and Steam Link on both Mobile platforms, Steam Guard (authentication method) should soon follow suit with one touch verifications/Login and even QR codes for increased security.