Steam Broadcasting Now Live

PC gamers can now enjoy the ability to broadcast their gameplay, as Steam Broadcasting is now live.

The added functionality was "designed for ease of use, allowing anyone to view a friend's game by simply clicking on 'Watch Game' on their Friend's profile or Friend's List to open a window into their gameplay – no game ownership, special fees, or additional apps required."

Valve announced the news earlier today, noting that the functionality is rolling out in a new client update that you can download right now. Here's a full rundown of what's included in the update:

General 

  • Added Steam Broadcasting. See http://steamcommunity.com/updates/broadcasting for more info.
  • Added in-game FPS counter to Steam Overlay
  • When Steam has internally scheduled a game update to be queued sometime in the future, the UI will now display a note to the user indicating that time 
  • Fixed a crash preventing 64-bit Steamworks games from launching on older AMD processors
  • Fixed starting Steam if instance is already running in other local Windows user session
  • Fixed restoring game specific hardware mouse cursors when exiting the in-game overlay
  • Fixed errors in web views not localizing properly
  • Fixed occasional crash when trying to validate your email address
  • Fixed rendering the Steam Overlay in some D3D8 games.
  • Updated Windows Compatibility warnings
  • Improved synchronization and smoothness of video playback
  • Reduced CPU usage when drawing animated images or videos
  • Reduced CPU usage when interacting with the main Steam client window

Big Picture

  • Fixed to ask the user if they'd like to launch immediately or begin updating the game if an update is available but the game has been played recently
  • When running in 720p mode scale embedded web views so they are readable
  • Fixed EULA display occasionally failing to display
  • Revised navigation on profile menu
  • Fixed crash when entering a screenshot description
  • Fixed displaying screenshots for games added by shortcut

In-Home Streaming

  • Fixed severe frame drop in OpenGL games that occasionally occurred on some hardware
  • Reduced impact on game frame rate in D3D9c games when not using hardware acceleration

Linux

  • Fixed a rare bug where Steam could delete user files when failing to start

SteamOS

  • Fixed some combo boxes in steam client settings accepting text input when selection must be made from dropdown

Will you be taking advantage of Steam Broadcasting?