Steam Update Adds In-game Web Browsing

By Nick Breckon, Jan 14, 2009 3:21pm PST Valve today released an update to Steam that includes the final version of the in-game web browser from December's beta patch.

A "Web" tab at the bottom of the in-game overlay opens up the generic browser. Highlighting, copying and pasting is supported, but right-click is apparently disabled.

The rest of the update adds random fixes to various games and Steam systems.

The full patch notes follow:

  • Updated game overlay web browser to support generic web browsing, including web sites that use flash
  • Fixed games list scrolling behavior with pageup/pagedown and mouse wheel
  • Fixed GTA4 backups not restoring correctly
  • Fixed several cases where matchmaking would not work in Left 4 Dead in using Cafe accounts
  • Changed Friends to be enabled for Cafe accounts
  • Removed 'view invites' dialog on startup, now clicking on a group/user invite toast will take you directly to the Community control page
  • Fixed guest passes not showing immediately in games list
  • Fixed case where a user would be told a guest pass had expired after they had bought the full game
  • Improved Steam Windows Service restart logic in serveral places

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