Users will now be able to watch others play games, and also broadcast their own gameplay too.
The latest update to Steam from Valve has added in the Steam Broadcasting functionality, along with the frames per second counter we heard about the other week.
Steam Broadcasting allows players to livestream their gameplay directly via Steam. You can watch friends play their games and vice versa - all you need to do is select "Watch Game" from the drop-down menu when clicking on someone's name.
I've listed the full update notes for you below, or you can check them out on the news update here.
- Added Steam Broadcasting. See http://steamcommunity.com/updates/broadcasting for more info.
- Added in-game FPS counter to Steam Overlay
- When Steam has internally scheduled a game update to be queued sometime in the future, the UI will now display a note to the user indicating that time
- Fixed a crash preventing 64-bit Steamworks games from launching on older AMD processors
- Fixed starting Steam if instance is already running in other local Windows user session
- Fixed restoring game specific hardware mouse cursors when exiting the in-game overlay
- Fixed errors in web views not localizing properly
- Fixed occasional crash when trying to validate your email address
- Fixed rendering the Steam Overlay in some D3D8 games.
- Updated Windows Compatibility warnings
- Improved synchronization and smoothness of video playback
- Reduced CPU usage when drawing animated images or videos
- Reduced CPU usage when interacting with the main Steam client window
- Fixed to ask the user if they'd like to launch immediately or begin updating the game if an update is available but the game has been played recently
- When running in 720p mode scale embedded web views so they are readable
- Fixed EULA display occasionally failing to display
- Revised navigation on profile menu
- Fixed crash when entering a screenshot description
- Fixed displaying screenshots for games added by shortcut
- Fixed severe frame drop in OpenGL games that occasionally occurred on some hardware
- Reduced impact on game frame rate in D3D9c games when not using hardware acceleration
- Fixed a rare bug where Steam could delete user files when failing to start
- Fixed some combo boxes in steam client settings accepting text input when selection must be made from dropdown