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New Steam Chat – In beta now


Today Valve has 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 friends.

Group chats

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 friends.

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.

Voice chat

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.

Plus..

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 your feedback you can check out the announcement page to see how.

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Metro Exodus Trailer

Just checking in with the latest trailer for Metro Exodus. I absolutely love these games (see my review of the original) and have been eagerly waiting for the next one. Unfortunately we are all going to have to wait a bit longer since it was recently delayed until 2019. Still, good things come to those who wait, and Metro Exodus looks very good indeed. Check out the latest trailer from E3 below. Oh, and apparently all footage in this trailer was captured in-game from a single level. Welcome… to the Volga!

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Resident Evil 2 Announcement Trailer

Capcom has released the first trailer of the Resident Evil 2 remake since it was confirmed back in 2015. Instead of a “HD Remaster” like we got with Resident Evil 4 and Code Veronica, the new Resident Evil 2 game is essentially a re-imagining of the original. The remake is doing away with the fixed camera perspective in favor of a over-the-shoulder perspective present in the more recent Resident Evil games. Don’t worry though, you will still be able to explore Raccoon City as both Claire Redfield and Leon Kennedy. They are focusing on a deeper narrative experience this time around, and the game is powered by Capcom’s proprietary RE Engine that was used in Resident Evil 7: Biohazard . The game comes to PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One on January 25, 2019.