Steam beta gets integrated screenshots, better voice quality

By Matthew ยท 15 replies
Feb 1, 2011
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  1. Valve has released a beta version of its Steam client with several new features and bug fixes. To opt into the beta, launch your Steam client, open the File/Steam tab on the top left > Settings > Change > select Beta Update in the drop down box and restart your software.

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  2. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,676

    When we do clan wars we never use the in game chat. Skype is crystal clear and for some reason games aren't able to match that quality.
  3. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +117

    Wonders if he should "opt in" to Beta, and risk hell freezing over and my PC blowing up... :haha:

    Mmm, Can we "opt back out" if we prefer?
  4. Yes. You can opt out whenever you want
  5. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,715   +856

    Screen shots would be a lot of fun. I can upload a picture of me pounding Leeky with my Charger in L4D2 on TechSpot game night. Or vice versa. ;-)
  6. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +117

    Agreed! :haha:

    Would be nice to capture those sorts of moments..... So come saturday afternoon we'll be seeing pretty much everyone getting me with a Smoker, while the rest of my team runs away! :p

    After saving you all, of course! :haha:
  7. tacobfm

    tacobfm TS Rookie Posts: 59

    All they have to do now is allow for taking videos for their games.
  8. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,715   +856

    "All they have to do now is allow for taking videos for their games."

    That would definitely be cool. I've been in some epic battles in various games I'd love to have movies of.
  9. DokkRokken

    DokkRokken TS Rookie Posts: 267

    I hope the voice quality gains will be discernible. Steam is fantastic, but I always found it strange that their VOIP did not seem to have the same quality as the rest of the service.

    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 1,256   +454

    I like the screenshot idea... are these full resolution screenshots?

    I'll have to try it out. I like Steam more and more, my only beef with it is why pay $50 for a new game when I can get a box with manual and stuff at a store for the same price? I guess they probably have a pretty big bill paying their ISP for bandwidth. And the convenience of having the games available for download any time, so if you lose the data you can just download it again. Overall the service is getting better... maybe that beef isn't valid.

    Anyone remember when Steam first came out? And it was so overloaded and everyone hated it? Hah... I do...
  11. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,471   +375

    Maybe it's the whole Steam Integration, not having to deal with physical material, etc... I agree though, If the digital version is as much as retail, I'd rather install from retail, it'll be much faster and I won't need an internet connection to do so...

    Or so I thought when I bought Supreme Commander 2 for $15 at a retail store. They gave me a disc and everything, but it ended up requiring me to register it on steam, and then it made me download the bloody thing, rather than install from disc... *shrug*
  12. Steam has cheap sales and is convenient. Now it's getting even better!
  13. Richy2k9

    Richy2k9 TS Enthusiast Posts: 515

    hello ...

    absolutely loving all the upcoming changes, just keep getting better :p

  14. gobbybobby

    gobbybobby TS Guru Posts: 554   +9

    If they add Videosupport as well I can drop Xfire!
  15. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,379   +16

    Nice to see them finally adding some desired features, and I do hope VOIP isn't a joke anymore and actually works properly.

    I wish they mimicked more features that Xfire has, but until I can track all my games Steam or not with ease I'll probably keep using them.

    They aren't alone in that, I remember when digital and DLC content was supposed to drive down prices, instead they've stayed stagnant or gone up. Steam still has its issue since it's DRM, but overall they've done a pretty acceptable job with few slip ups imo.
  16. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +117

    I must admit every game I've got so far through Steam has been on offer, but I do understand why people would expect it to be cheaper if your ordering it through them.

    At the end of the day there is no printed manual, and no DVD, and no box, so its cheaper to sell per item, and therefore the price should reflect this like it does with most software houses that give you a cheaper option for download without the box etc.

    That said, I think it also depends on your internet connection. A 6-10GB game is going to take forever on a 2Mbps connection, and if I was in that situation I'd rather purchase from a shop and install it from DVD myself.

    Going back to Steam's beta, did anyone have any issues with the update today? It took three attempts my end (kept freezing during the update) to finally get it to fully update. Just wondering if anyone else had that issue?

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