Steam’s new chat system just hit beta – will it pull you away from Discord?

Steam’s new chat client has gone into testing this week, with major overhauls to the friends list and group chat system. I gave it a spin last night after my guildies reminded me that you have to opt in to the beta to give it a go. As rumored prior to the launch, the chat system itself looks a lot like Discord, and it has a lot of the same features too, like a rebuilt voice chat system.

Notably, there’s a new invisible mode that allows you to appear offline but still see who’s on (and chat with them while otherwise hiding out).

It is pretty, but if you primarily use Steam to see who’s online rather than to group chat, you may be a bit put off by the enormous display; there’s no way to condense the list to just names as in a standard messenger client right now, and the panel includes modules that you might not use but can’t hide.

What do you think? My groups still use Slack chat primarily for the security, but Discord has always been pretty, so I wonder whether people who use Discord will feel enticed by Steam’s new featureset.

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kgptzac

No because I have don’t have friends in neither service /s

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Zen Dadaist

I use steam chat a lot for typing individual convos to various gaming friends. I keep the Friends list up at all times, narrowed and stuck onto the very far edge of my second monitor. At a glance I can see who is about and what they’re up to without it chewing up a lot of screen real estate. I hope that slim Friends list option stays because otherwise it’ll end up becoming some giant ugly active attention and space hog, and I will stop using it entirely.

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Veldan

As someone who uses both Slack and Discord, on top of WhatsApp and Facebook for real life communcations, the very last thing I need is another chat.

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P3lli

Typing has his beauty and allows you to be free n relax when you want.
Using Voip with big groups and no super close-close friends it’s overkill for me and even more when I’m playing a mmo… , dude I’ve won multiple castle sieges like a champ on L2 when C2-C3 was out only using chat. There is no need for voip with 10 dudes screaming …

A Big nope for sure.

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Veldan

Exactly! I wish more people would use text chat also for serious gameplay, it’s perfectly possible and I usually found it more enjoyable. Back in the days when cast times were a thing in MMOs, I could type stuff without anyone even noticing that I stopped mashing buttons for a second or two.

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Adam

I still have no idea how Discord is staying afloat. The bandwidth alone has to be insane. (Though the lack of actual voice chat makes me ponder.) Everyone is using it. I am a member of this forum about Rabbit care and they tried to strong arm everyone there into using Discord for crying out loud. For RABBIT DISCUSSIONS. That member pro pack whatever can not even begin to help them break even. They must be siphoning the venture capital until they have no choice but to sell it off. With so many Steam users this might put a dent. But hey I have been wrong plenty of times.

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Jack Pipsam

I still just use Skype lol.

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Toy Clown

I don’t care for Steam that much either. In the beginning, there was ICQ! It died out and gave way to a bunch of others over the years. I can’t even remember them all. I like Discord a lot. I’ve always disliked how social media pushes you to connect with “everyone”. I’m too discerning for social media sites.

Discord broke my reliance on Enjin, which was one of my happier moments of realization. Everyone I know, the communities I’m part of and guilds are all on discord. Their features have done away with the need to use forums. It’s like the all-in-one communication tool and I don’t want to use any others if I can help it.

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Tandor

Ye gods, ICQ! There’s a word from the past, one I’d completely forgotten!

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Adam

Uh oh!…….Uh oh!

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Weilan

I doubt that, Discord is like facebook in this regard – as much me and others want facebook to die out, it won’t and currently no social network will still a significant number of facebook useres, same goes with this Steam update – just because people have friends and chat with them, they won’t stop using Discord for this. It’s like Google+ back in the day when Google made every YouTube account a G+ account and literally forced it on people and they even tried to take on facebook, but it failed and nobody is using it.

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Adam

The Google+ thing! Haha I remember that! That was such a repugnant move. The CEO even made a big announcement after the forced merging of YouTube accounts to Google Plus accounts. Announcement was about…ready?…
The sudden big surge of Google Plus accounts! No shitty shit!! You must be joshing good man!!
Did he mention the merging of accounts? Well no, but he likely assumed it was common knowledge and didn’t want to use up valuable time. *wank…wank*

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rafael12104

No. I don’t like Steam. I used it as little as possible and I log out of it as soon as I’m done playing my game desjour.

Discord is always up, I’m a member of several channels and it is my clan’s voice over IP.
There is no way we are switching to Steam.

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Cosmic Cleric

Discord is always up, I’m a member of several channels and it is my clan’s voice over IP.

I was thinking about this the other day, when I read a story about Blizzard’s launcher having Discord-type features, and now Steam having the same.

It’s not the tech, it’s the cross-games community that matters the most. Discord serves that purpose, only one client to run, that works for all games.

Bad side is that gaming companies can’t see into your Discord channel, so, for example, you need Blizzard’s help with someone in-game who stole guild money/resources, and admitted to it in Discord, you cannot use that admission as proof to show Blizzard, you’re on your own. But in the Blizzard launcher social app chat, you could.

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xpsync

Couldn’t agree more. I’ll be sticking to discord.

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windows_me

I will probably use it a little. It should help increase activity in Steam groups which, from my experience, are mostly dead.