Valve releases one more cellular app, this time for Steam Chat • Eurogamer.internet

Why have one messaging app when you possibly can have two? This appears to be the considering behind Valve’s newest app launch, as the corporate has unveiled a brand new Steam Chat app for iOS and Android.

The free app, billed by Valve as a “modernised Steam chat expertise”, incorporates most of the options of Steam’s desktop chat, which was revamped final yr to carry it consistent with rivals equivalent to Discord. This implies now you can begin group chats in your cellphone, get customisable notifications, and (importantly) ship gifs.

Unusually, voice chat shouldn’t be but included within the app, however Valve says it is already working to carry this to Steam Chat in future.

Additional enhancements are within the pipeline.Whereas some are asking why Valve did not merely combine Steam Chat into the unique Steam cellular app, the brand new app does streamline the social expertise and appears extra user-friendly than its older counterpart (which primarily gives entry to all of Steam slightly than simply messaging). Valve hasn’t fully forgotten in regards to the authentic Steam app, nevertheless, and has promised “vital upgrades targeted on account safety”. Not essentially the most glamorous – however vital, I suppose.

That is the second main app launch for Valve inside seven days: final week noticed the launch of Steam Hyperlink (the cellular recreation streaming app) on iOS, which had suffered a year-long delay due to Apple’s preliminary rejection of the app attributable to “enterprise conflicts”. A well timed Supreme Court docket ruling on Apple’s monopolisation of the market appeared to assist issues transfer alongside. The iOS have it.

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