Valve has launched a dedicated Steam Chat app for mobile. Available on Android and iOS, the Steam Chat app brings most of the features from the desktop client to your smartphone. Allowing you to chat anywhere and everywhere.
In July 2018, Valve updated Steam and upgraded Steam Chat in the process. This was an attempt to compete with Discord, the dedicated chat app beloved by gamers. The new Steam Chat boasted a number of new features, and now it even has its own mobile app.
The Key Features of the Steam Chat App
The Steam Chat app was unveiled on the Steam Blog. The company calls it “a modernized Steam chat experience available for free on iOS and Android platforms.” With the tagline of “Take your Steam friends, groups, and conversations with you wherever you go.”
The new Steam Chat mobile app looks exactly as you would expect. Which should make it feel familiar to anyone used to using Steam Chat on the desktop client. It also means you can carry on chatting to people across platforms, whether they’re on desktop or mobile.
The key features making the move across from Steam Chat on the desktop client include:
- Friends List – Allowing you to see who’s in game or online at a glance.
- Rich Chat – High fidelity links, videos, tweets, GIFs, emoticons, and more.
- Invite Links – Allowing you to add new friends on Steam with a link.
- Customizable Notifications – Meaning you’ll never miss a message or invite again.
- Group Chats – Making it easier to stay in touch with your communities.
Valve is keen to hear your opinion of the Steam Chat app. It’s also already working on improvements, including voice chat. And because Steam Chat now has its own dedicated app, the main Steam Mobile app is set to get significant upgrades in the future.
From Steam Chat to Steam Link
The Steam Chat for mobile app is a solid entry into a crowded market. However, it isn’t doing anything particularly different. People who already use Steam Chat on the desktop client will lap it up, but we can’t see people abandoning other chat apps for it.
Steam Chat comes hot on the heels of the Steam Link app which lets you play PC games on your iPhone or iPad. While Steam Link has been available on Android since May 2018, it took Valve another 12 months to convince Apple to approve the app.