plans to take a big steaming chat all over the internet with
a redesign of Steam Chat. Changes include a customizable friends list, group
chats, rebuilt voice chat, invisible mode, and more. Those interested in trying
this can head over to
to learn how to join the open beta right now. Here's word:
Today we’ve made available
an open beta for a completely overhauled set of Steam Chat features. The
all-new friends list and chat system makes it easier to group up with the people
you chat and play games with.
Friends List updates
The friends list now has a customizable favorites section at the top, for quick
access to the people, groups, and chats you care about most. You’ll also see
in-game friends at the top of your list, grouped together by game or even by
party, making it easier to join in, or just to see which games are popular among
The friends list now has a dedicated area for group chats, which can range from
casual chats with a couple of friends to larger communities. Starting a group
chat is as simple as dragging an additional friend onto a chat window. You can
also save your group chats with a name and avatar, making it easier to come back
to them later to pick up the conversation or to play games with those same
Within a group chat you have the option to add additional text channels, voice
channels, member permissions. Plus, all chats now display images, videos,
tweets, and links inline in a rich, beautiful way.
The entire voice chat system has been rebuilt, to ensure a more seamless
experience when playing games on Steam with friends. It’s now one click to start
a voice chat and organize your group pre-game.
This update includes many more items of note, including: invisible mode, so you
can appear offline, but still access your friends list and chats. And adding
friends is easier now with custom friend-request links you can email or send
outside of Steam.
Join the beta
If you’d like to participate in the beta and give us your feedback you can
check out the announcement page to see how.