Fancy new features graduate from beta
In case you need any added incentive to hop on Steam and play games, there’s a Steam client update available that adds a few new features and a bunch of bug fixes. One of the big additions is that of Steam Broadcasting, support for which was first introduced to beta client users last month — now it’s available to the general public, allowing you to broadcast your gameplay for others to watch.
You can invite a friend to watch your gameplay, and likewise, if a buddy is having a tough time getting through a level that you’ve already beat, you can watch what they’re doing and offer pointers.
With regards to privacy, it’s up to you who gets to watch your gameplay. The first time a friend asks to watch your game, you’ll be asked to choose a privacy setting consisting of:
- Only friends that I invite
- Friends can request to watch my games
- Friends can watch my games
- Anyone can watch my games
You can find more information about the Broadcast feature in a related FAQ.
Moving on, Valve also added the frames-per-second overlay to the regular client, another feature that had previously been available to beta client users. This one’s self explanatory, though it’s worth mentioning that it might negate the need for third party programs like FRAPS, at least for those who are only interested in viewing FPS performance.
Most everything else included in the update pertain to bug fixes and performance enhancements, including tweaks to the general client, Big Picture mode, in-home streaming, Linux, and Steam OS. You can view them all here.