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Steam Adds In-Game Browser


Steam Adds In-Game Browser

Proving once again that Valve really does have its finger right on the pulse of its audience, the already impressive platform has been updated to include an in-game web browser.

Accessible via the in-game overlay interface, from which Friends chat and such other functions are already it's a pretty simple interface, but for a quick check on GameFAQs for Portal strategy guides or Google Translate-ing just what those German teenagers are shouting at you, it should be more than sufficient. Flash content is supported, which is good - you wouldn't want to miss those adverts after all!

Admittedly for many the usefulness of a web browser accessible while playing Steam games will be non-existent. However, I for one still have odd occasions when access to a web browser without having to exit the game would be nice, if not necessary. Especially given Windows' reluctance to accept alt-tabbing from a game to the desktop and back without crashing or, more than once, inexplicably blue screening.

Bonus points will be distributed for the first person to comment on TR using the in-game browser.



Peter Henderson

January 15, 2009, 10:24 pm

You could have at least looked up something more appropriate...like how to hack past level 11 of Portal (you know, the one in the background)...

...can I have my bonus points now, please?


January 15, 2009, 10:58 pm

indeed this is useful, and damn my slow computer, its cost me valuable points!


January 15, 2009, 11:02 pm

it is interesting to know which steam games does trustedreviews staff play

Matthew Bunton

January 16, 2009, 12:04 am

Have they actually sorted their incredibly slow download service yet?

I fail to see the point of steam I prefer to use Metaboli at least their service is a lot quicker.


January 16, 2009, 1:50 am

@ Matthew.

I seem to have had a very different experience with Metaboli. I can easily download games from Steam at 1.0-1.2 Mbps (which I have to do often as I usually do a clean install of Vista every 3-4 months). I thought I would try Metaboli as it had a few games (WiC for one) I could not get on Steam and were more expensive in the shops, but the highest speed I could achieve was in the region of 200 Kbps, with the average around 100 Kbps (that's 10x slower!). This doesn't really cut the mustard when you're downloading files of several GB, and I complained to their CS (they say it is something to do with their servers being in France and problems with some UK ISPs, so it's not their fault apparently) and so cancelled my subscription after one month for this sole reason (Well, I also found their download manager/player software to be quite annoying) . While their unlimited games subscription appealed to me, it isn't for everyone as you would have to download a few games each month to get your moneys worth versus buying games outright, and once you cancel your subscription you are unable to use them at all.

P.S. - Will these so-called TR bonus points be redeemable in any way? Like you giving away some of your review sample gear? Pleeeease... ;)

Matthew Bunton

January 16, 2009, 3:22 am

Hi smc8788 thanks for your comments, I may try Steam again then as I used to get terrible speeds. With Metaboli I average between 350 to 500 Kbps, though I have read elsewhere that many other people experience the same problems with their service as yourself.

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