Valve has just announced that it will be adding support for a built in streaming feature from within the popular PC marketplace of Steam, titled Steam Broadcasting. This feature will allow players to broadcast and watch live streams of game play to their friends, or the general public without needing additional tools like Xsplit, or Open Broadcaster Software.
This feature is looking to target the users of sites like Ustream.tv and Twitch.tv to give yet another alternative to stream their games. This new feature looks to make things easier than the programs listed previously by being designed to be easy to use. You can look at a friend on your friends list, right click and click “Watch Game” Once you’ve done that it will send your friend a notice that a friend would like to view the stream and from there you can choose to broadcast to only friends, or to the public. If you choose to allow anyone to view your games, your stream will be added to that game’s “Game Hub”. Steam Broadcast is only a part of the beta client and to stream or view streams you will need to opt in by changing the settings within the steam client by selecting Settings then Account and change your “Beta Participation” to “Steam Beta Update”. You can view the streams through the Steam Client itself as well as Google Chrome and Apple Safari’s browsers. While the streaming is only supported on Windows 7, Windows 8 with support for Linux, OSX, and Windows Vista coming sometime in the future.