New Steam Chat 2018
Valve has officially released the non-beta version of the new Steam Chat. The new chat has been in beta since June 12 and has undergone a significant number of improvements and fixes since that initial rollout.

The new Steam Chat makes it easier to "chat and play games with your Steam friends." It makes it a lot easier to form chat groups with those you play with often.


The new chat also allows for things like inline video, photo sharing, tweets, and more. The update also brings about much better quality for voice chat. It's essentially like Discord but it's built into the Steam client. Or rather, if you prefer, you can access the chat and all if its new features directly from your web browser.

ADDED DURING THE BETA:
FRIENDS LIST


CHAT DISPLAY
  • Added option to always display times using 24-hour clock format.
  • Fixed scaled images and videos being cut off after a certain point.
  • Fixed certain Unicode characters spilling over into the rest of chat.
  • Fixed embedded tall images in chat in being squashed. Super-tall images will initially be clamped to a max height, but can be scaled larger by dragging the bottom right corner.
  • Fixed horizontal scrollbar when using /pre.
  • Fixed a crash while playing some types of mp4 files.
  • Improved error handling around image upload.
  • Fixed right-click paste not working in chat UI.
  • Fixed right-click to paste.
  • Fixed a bug where uploaded GIFs would turn into static images when you copy and paste the image URL.
  • Add buttons to collapse YouTube and video embeds.
  • Remember the collapsed state and sizes of embedded media.
  • Fixed embedded videos to no longer play automatically.
  • Added a limit to the length of group chat messages.
  • Enlarged emoticons in messages that are just emoticons
  • Added /spoiler command for masking text
  • Fixed uploaded images incorrectly appearing collapsed.


NOTIFICATIONS
  • Incoming message sound reverted to original. Additionally, new sounds for 'Friend Came Online', 'Friend Joined Game', and 'Push-to-Talk Active/Inactive'.
  • Play a ring sound for the initiator of a 1-on-1 voice chat.
  • Friends in the favorites area who have sent you unread messages show a little notification near their avatar.
  • Fixed group chat tabs showing '1' for unread notification.
  • The Windows Taskbar should now always flash when a window contains an unread message.
  • Improved @mention suggestions when multiple chat members share the same name.
  • You can now set your default group chat notification setting from Friends Settings. All group chats you join will use this value unless changed per group chat.


GROUP CHAT PERMISSIONS
  • Added permissions settings for community group chats, allows specifying what each group role (Officer, Moderator, etc) is allowed to do.
  • Added permissions setting for using '@all' and '@online' commands. Defaults to any member, but chat admins can limit this to certain roles.
  • Added role hierarchy: Each roles is listed in hierarchical order and can be re-ordered using arrows to the right of the role. 'Owner' and 'Everyone' roles cannot be re-ordered.
  • Added 'Edit Roles' and 'Assign Roles' as permissions.
  • Members with these new permissions can only edit and assign roles below their current role in the role hierarchy.
  • Fixed squashed UI when a group has too many roles listed in the permissions settings.
  • Added group chat rank icons to avatars next to chat messages.
  • Fixed some issues with Community group chats showing the wrong user as owner, and blocking some users from chatting.


GENERAL FIXES AND IMPROVEMENTS


ALSO IN THIS UPDATE:
RICH CHAT FORMATTING

  • Ability to share images by pasting images or uploading image files into chat
  • Embedding support for YouTube, Imgur, Giphy, Twitter, Twitch, and more
  • Rich link previews for URLs
  • /me command for emotes
  • /giphy for random gifs that may or may not say exactly what you want
  • /code command for styling blocks of code


GROUP CHATS
  • Group chats are now persistent, you don't need to rejoin every time you start Steam
  • @mention support for group chat members (@here, @all, @member, etc)
  • Group chats are available on the web
  • Group chats now support multiple text and voice channels
  • Custom group chat invite links - shareable in and outside of Steam
  • Custom notification settings per group chats and channels
  • Saved groups have role-based permissions


VOICE CHAT
  • Voice chat updated to new WebRTC-based backend
  • Voice chat uses high quality Opus encoding
  • Voice chat traffic payloads are encrypted
  • Voice chat traffic is now relayed through Steam servers for low-latency connectivity and for privacy so your IP is never disclosed to those you chat with
  • Voice calls from blocked users are automatically blocked
  • Voice chat open mic support is improved with better noise filtering and volume detection
  • Voice channels include a special text sub-channel for voice members only
  • Friends in voice chats in mutual groups are displayed in the Friends List
  • Voice controls are displayed in the Friends List whenever a voice chat is active
  • Voice chat now supports individual volume for other voice chat members
  • When voice chatting in a group, users can create multiple channels without needing an admin to add additional channels.
  • Unless saved, voice channels are automatically removed when the last voice member leaves


USER INTERFACE
  • In-game friends are now sorted to the top of the Friends List
  • In-game friends playing the same game are grouped together in the Friends List
  • Setting to promote the display of nicknames
  • Expanding the Friends List window will dock chats in the window in a side-by-side view
  • Setting to preserve chat window state after restarting Steam Client
  • Steam Client now displays your Steam avatar and profile name together in the account dropdown
  • Notification of unread messages appears at the top of your friends list
  • Drag and drop friends: to invite to group chats, add to favorites, and add to friend categories
  • Easily add multiple friends to group chats or categories with new find-as-you-type friend selection tools


CHAT HISTORY
  • Can now scroll back to load up to two weeks of chat history
  • Group chats also keep up to two weeks of chat history
  • Improved display of timestamps, which are now always enabled


PERSONA STATE
  • New "Invisible" mode allows you to appear offline, but still view your Friends List and chat
  • Updated display of friends who are "Away"
  • Offline friend "Last online" time now more reliable
  • Offline friends can be sorted by name or last online


STEAMWORKS RICH PRESENCE API
  • Added key to allow localized rich presence information to be displayed in the Steam Client
  • In game friends can now show additional information such as level or match, in the Friends List and chats
  • Friends in a party together are shown in a group in the Friends List, for games which have integrated with the Steamworks Rich Presence API


FRIEND CATEGORY MANAGEMENT (FORMERLY "TAG AS...")
  • Can rename existing friend categories
  • Added ability to add/remove multiple friends from a category at once
  • Drag and drop to add friends to categories
  • Friend categories (including built-in categories such as "Offline" or "In Game") remember their open or collapsed state
  • Favorite friends and chats can be pinned to the top of the Friends List


ADDING FRIENDS
  • New friend management page makes it easier to manage friends, invites, groups, followed games, and more on the Steam Community
  • New custom friend-request links that can be sent outside of Steam to allow you to more easily add friends


TRADING
  • Added ability to view Inventory and send Trade Offers from right click menu
  • Incoming Trade Offers from friends or users you are chatting with will show a notification and an inline message in chat
  • Built-in option to easily share your Steam Trade URL in chat rooms


NEW ARCHITECTURE
  • New chat features can be delivered without the need to update the entire Steam client
  • Web chat now uses a websocket-based connection for much better reliability and speed
  • Nearly every feature available to Steam Client chat is also available from a web browser


MULTIPLE SESSION SUPPORT
  • Changing friend nicknames, categories, and other friends settings will now be synced between all your online sessions
  • Messages delivered to sessions that have been idle are treated as "unread"


RELIABILITY
  • Sending a chat message will now show an error if there was any problem delivering the message
  • When sending a URL or something that looks like a URL, they will become clickable but maintain their original text