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The big Steam Client update is out for everyone with the new Steam Chat

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Valve have now officially released their overhaul of the Steam Chat feature to everyone as of last night.

Here's what's new for everyone:

  • Added new friends list, chat and voice chat features
  • Added icon and optional balloon for announcing new Steam Features and Blog Updates
  • Added banner announcing future end of support for Windows XP and Vista
  • Enabled GPU acceleration in web views by default
  • Added option to disable GPU acceleration in web views in Settings->Interface
  • Added support for binding F13-F24 as hotkey buttons
  • Improved IME handling for web pages shown in Steam client and Steam overlay

Specifically for Linux users:

  • Added the ability to import Windows icons for games with no Linux icons; will only take effect after reinstalling the game and recreating the desktop and launcher shortcuts
  • Fixed an issue where the system might become temporarily unresponsive after exiting the client due to events accruing in the window system
  • Updated Steam Linux Runtime with the latest versions of the SDL libraries
  • Fixed a problem where the screensaver would always be disabled if Steam was running
  • Fixed an issue where Steam could crash when running Steamworks-enabled games, or where Steamworks functionality wouldn't work properly in the game.
  • Fixed an issue where CS:GO and Dota 2 matchmaking would not function properly.

This update also brings in the recent Steam Input updates from the beta channel, which gives support for PS3 Controllers as a separate controller type along with HoriPad Mini4, Level Up Cobra, Mad Catz FightStick TE 2, Mad Catz FightStick TE 2+ PS4 Controllers and HORI Pokken Tournament DX Pro Switch Controller.

It seems it released with a bit of an issue that Valve quickly fixed, where apparently people could hear you through your microphone without you knowing. Valve fixed it rather quickly after they were made aware of it. I'm not too sure on the specifics of it, as the reddit post talking about it has been edited.

Full news on Steam here.

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raneon 25 July 2018 at 10:20 am UTC
What I don't like about the new chat is that you see it always when you start the steam client.
demon 25 July 2018 at 10:51 am UTC
raneonWhat I don't like about the new chat is that you see it always when you start the steam client.

Very annoying, yes ...

But! You can start the steam binary with the "nofriendsui" argument:

$ steam -nofriendsui

This gives you the old interface where you can actually go offline for the friends-thingy.


Last edited by demon at 25 July 2018 at 10:51 am UTC
TheSHEEEP 25 July 2018 at 11:05 am UTC
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demonThis gives you the old interface where you can actually go offline for the friends-thingy.
You can still go invisible in the new chat - and set notifications so they won't annoy you if someone starts playing some game.
demon 25 July 2018 at 11:54 am UTC
TheSHEEEPYou can still go invisible in the new chat - and set notifications so they won't annoy you if someone starts playing some game.

Thanks for the hint. But sadly, this did not work for me ... Every time I started Steam, it switched back to online. I am fine with the "nofriendsui" option, as I am not using the friends stuff anyway.
Mountain Man 25 July 2018 at 1:46 pm UTC
"Added banner announcing future end of support for Windows XP and Vista"

That's actually in the feature list?
Ketil 25 July 2018 at 2:39 pm UTC
I switched myself to invisible, and when I restart steam I stay invisible and the friends gui doesn't start automatically. It forgot that I was invisible before, but that was a one time thing.
Hori 25 July 2018 at 2:45 pm UTC
Mountain Man"Added banner announcing future end of support for Windows XP and Vista"

That's actually in the feature list?
Why wouldn't it? It's still a chabge, and it should be mentioned.
I hate it when I look at patch / update notes and they don't mention everything. It often makes me not rrad them at all since I'm not getting all the info anyway.
An "other chabges" category is the best way to do it, as to not mix them with more important ones.
kf 25 July 2018 at 3:45 pm UTC
Shouldn't there be a comma in the title? I thought you meant that the update was only for people who had the new chat the first two times I read it. Before you ask, yes I am actually that dumb.
raneon 25 July 2018 at 4:00 pm UTC
demon
raneonWhat I don't like about the new chat is that you see it always when you start the steam client.

Very annoying, yes ...

But! You can start the steam binary with the "nofriendsui" argument:

$ steam -nofriendsui

This gives you the old interface where you can actually go offline for the friends-thingy.

Thanks! I was not aware about this. Much better :-)
opera 25 July 2018 at 7:36 pm UTC
The update is great. I love that you can see directly the ingame standings of CSGO games of your friends now.
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