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SteamVR Coming to China Through Partnership Between Valve and Perfect World

SteamVR Coming to China Through Partnership Between Valve and Perfect World”

Considering there are hundreds of millions of real and potential gamers within China, this deal is huge for Valve, which potentially opens up its library of games and trading features - which Valve makes a killing off of as well - to a much wider audience. The gaming company just announced Steam Chat, which is now in beta for anyone to try. 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.

A preview of the Steam Chat platform.

Valve has announced a new partnership with Chinese video game developer, Perfect World, to release a new version of Steam in China, called Steam China. To top it off, this updated friends list will also share information about what's happening in their games thanks to a new "rich presence" option for developers. Drag some of them together into a chat window to create a new group chat, which can be refined with settings for text and voice channels as well as member permissions. It's free. You don't have to chat like it's 2004. 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. Valve says that Steam Chat will be available to all Steam users in the future.

In many ways, the new Steam Chat resembles the popular voice-chat service Discord, so gamers already using that service will likely be familiar with the functionality already.



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