Steam has upgraded its chat system, introducing a number of new features – such as inline media and saved groups.
The new features are available to try out in a dedicated beta programme, which is accessible via the Settings > Account menus.
With the new chat platform, in-game friends are grouped by the game they are playing and parties within that game, and the persistent group chats mean users can start a dedicated voice channel for their friends.
Users can also invite friends to groups by sending a URL to them, which will automatically add them to the group.
The platform’s voice chat backend has also been reworked to improve voice quality and latency.