New Steam community beta goes public

The beta version of a huge Steam update that adds numerous community features has gone live for the public to test for themselves.

You can download the new update for free andtest the new options that aim to allow friends, clans and tournament organizations to easily connect with each other via Valve's online service.

The beta will allow you to create a Steam ID, which includes a photo or avatar and other profile details, create friends and group lists, chat with other gamers, and keep track of your stats. It will also allow you to plan and host your own matches, tournaments and LAN parties.

You can download the new beta from within your current Steam account or in any of the current library of Steam games.

"This upgrade marks the largest extension to the Steam platform since its first commercial release in March 2004," we're told. So get on it and enjoy.

August 8, 2007