Steam has mainly been a gaming marketplace for PC games over the years, but Valve seems to double on the platform's social aspects with its recently launched Steam Chat messaging app for Android and iOS.
While Steam Mobile has let Users manage their accounts and send messages from their smartphones for years, the Steam Chat platform split the messaging service into its own dedicated app. However, Steam Mobile does not go away; Both apps will coexist with Steam Chat dedicated to Communications and Steam Mobile covering other parts of the service, such as purchase of games, launch of remote downloads and Steam Guard account security.
Here is a complete list of Steam Chat features on launch, according to Valve's official blog post that announced the app:
- Friends List: See who's in the game or online at a glance. Never miss an opportunity to play.
- Rich Chat: Your chats are even better with higher credibility links, videos, tweets, GIFs, Giphy, Steam emoticons and more.
- Invite Links: Add New Friends to Steam with a link. Generate an invitation link that you can use text or email.
- Custom Messages: Mobile messages mean that you will never miss a message or game invitation. You can customize your messages by Friend, group chat and chat channel.
- Group Chat: Get everyone on the same page. Groups make it easier to do things like keeping in touch with your communities and organizing games with your best friends.
Some of Steam's desktop chat features are not present on Steam Chat at launch, like voice chat, but Valve confirmed in its blog post will be added soon.
Steam Chat seems to be primarily aimed at existing Steam users and PC players more widely ̵
After downloading and installing the app, sign in with your Steam account (or create a new one) and verify the device through a verification code sent to your email. Once logged in, you can send messages to your Steam friends while you are not on your PC and without the Steam app kernel installed.
If you turn up giving the new app a shot, Valve is interested in getting user feedback via the Steam Chat app's official Steam community page. So far, feedback from Steam users appears … well, "mixed" would put it nicely. Here are a few excerpts from the comments from Steam's announcement:
Manatee-Nyan! ♥ Lamppost: "Please merge this with the regular Steam app, there is no need to have 2 separate apps. It's annoying an inconvenient."
Mairo 🐻🎧: "Please update Steam guard to use some common 2FA system so I can just use something like authy, delete all steam apps from my phone. The right steam app has been broken for years with zero updates and no one even uses chat Even more, because every time I get a chat message, I have to find out who was messing me up first as the app doesn't tell me. "
Voldiemert: " Discord wins with group club, especially on Mobile, I have no idea why the time was put into this. I much prefer to watch the Steam App updated. It is a pain in ♥♥♥♥♥ looking at the store, buying a game and trying to install the game remotely. "
m4x7us: " FINALLY "
Hello ich bin Grünspan: "What about some END for END ENCRYPTION ALREADY instead of letting Steam read and analyze all our texts? Also, how difficult can it be to add a kind of chat history feature that saves your entire chats to a text file or what? "