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If you’re sick of having to exit your games in order to find out a small bit of info on the Web, or to access your favourite forums or web-based email, then the latest BETA of Valve’s Steam client could be what you’re after. It contains a basic web browser as a part of the Steam’s Shift-Tab overlay features, and Valve says that it will also happily display websites that use Flash.

We’ve had a quick play around with it, and had no problems loading up the Custom PC website while playing Portal (pictured), including the Flash player on the left of the homepage. If you want to try out the BETA for yourself, then you just need to open up Steam and select Settings from the File menu. After that, go to the Beta participation section in the Account tab and select Steam Client Candidate. You’ll then be prompted to restart Steam, and the BETA will download and then start up.

The browser will then appear in your Steam games as a part of the overlay features that are available when you press Shift-Tab, along with features such as your Friends list. Of course, this being a BETA client, it isn’t without its issues, and some people are complaining about some Java sites not displaying properly, but it otherwise seems to work pretty well at the moment.

John McCaskey, a software developer from Valve, says that the browser should run fine on PCs with at least two processing cores, although single-core CPUs that are already maxed out with gaming tasks may struggle with it. He explains on the Valve forums that ‘running web pages takes a surprising amount of CPU and add that on top of running the game and you can expect a bit of a perf hit, especially if you don't have another core free to do most the web browser rendering work.’

Of course, this isn’t the first in-game web browser that’s been developed; GotGame’s Rogue browser is also available to download, but it’s still good to see that Valve is adding more in-game features. Would you find an in-game web browser useful, and will you be trying out the new BETA Steam client? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.
Source:http://www.custompc.co.uk/news/60534...b-browser.html

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god they just win, 100% of the time.
    
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@ 1st since OCN cuts off part of the title I thought is was going to read: [CustomPC] Valve introduces in game advertising

In which case I was already to be unhappy and sad-like, lol.

But. Instead they haz moar win! yay!

Now my addiction to google and wikipedia can be carried into my games!

Go valve!
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If it can incorporate MSN & Xfire into a chat program in game then that would be awesome.

Im sure I read about a program whiich could do this but it didnt work in-game for Vista yet which sucks
    
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Originally Posted by Gabe Newell

Yo Dawg! I heard you like browsing! So I put a browser in your game you you can browse while you game! Check it!
I had to.
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I had to.
You're doing it wrong.
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I know, but it actually applies that way and is accurate.

But you're right, the browser in a browser one by Gir was way better.
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This...has existed for the longest time in source games. A console command would open a stripped down version of IE (which is how it loaded custom MOTDs for games)...
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Looks awesome. Valve is amazing they just keep getting better and better.
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Too bad it's embedded IE...I wish Valve would allow Steam to run FireFox instead, if FF is installed on the PC(And offer to download and install it when Steam is installed).
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