Steam is a content delivery platform developed by Valve Corporation. The tool is used for distribututing a wide range of games and related media entirely over the internet. Users can benefit from slew of games, mods and demos as well as videos of upcoming games.
Steam will allow you to purchase new games and to download extension for games you already have. You'll be able to download demos, watch instruction videos and download games. One of Steam's advantages is the ability to start downloading, leave your PC, return to it and see that Steam continued downloading your game of choice without a glitch. The list of titles is continuously growing and also includes non-commercial titles.
Features of Steam:
- Instantly access your favorite games.
- Join the Steam Community.
- Chat with your friends while gaming.
- Easily browse multiplayer game servers.
- Receive automatic game updates.
- Play your games on any PC.
- Enjoy Steam-only special offers.
New feature: Shader Pre-Caching. Whenever possible, depending on hardware and driver support, Steam can download pre-compiled shaders for your specific video card. This reduces load times and in-game stuttering during the first few launches of OpenGL- and Vulkan-based games on supported hardware. This feature may use a small amount of additional bandwidth as Steam uploads and analyzes a shader usage report after each run of the game. The feature can be disabled via a new entry in the Settings dialog.
Fixed issues with full-screen mode not scaling video content correctly in the Steam Client.
Fixed a UI issue that made it difficult to install new games if a previous installation dialog box was still active.
Fixed several rare crashes and hangs reported by customers.
Updated web views to Chromium v62.0.3202.62.
Fixed an issue where the Windows Mixed Reality for SteamVR drivers would sometimes not install correctly.
Fixed a bug where launching a game could cause the primary monitor to switch as if Big Picture mode were active, even though it is not.