The Best Alternatives to Steam
Updated September 13th 2018: Now with community reviews. Steam is an advanced digital distribution platform which allows gamers to download games, buy and play online, create and participate in multiple unique gaming communities all with the ability to auto update itself and any Steam supported game you have. In order to become a Steam user, one only needs to install the Steam client and you can then enjoy a constantly evolving feature set that includes in-game chat, cloud save game support, and the ability to upload screenshots from any Steam supported game you have.
The popularity Of Steam in the last few years has seen it become the premier PC gaming platform for good reason, it simplifies and centralises the PC gaming experience, taking the best parts of console gaming and maintaining the openness of PC hardware. Steamworks, not to be confused with the Steam client, is Valves platform API which gives developers a unified foundation in which to develop and integrate Steamworks features into their games.
There are issues however and if you are an Australian Steam user you know full well the price discrepancy that can be seen with some game releases. Also, some Steam features may or may not be to every ones liking. Games you do not buy from steam, cannot take advantage of any of Steams features making it a tough ask for a lot of people to put all their faith into one platform.
This begs the question, are there any alternatives to Steam? Of course there are and here are some of the best which you can now vote for:
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Impulse is a digital distribution platform from retailers GameStop that allows users to quickly and easily find their favourite game or software and download it automatically to their PC. In 1998 Impulse Inc. was one of the first companies to distribute its software via a free digital distribution program known as Component Manager and has grown to become the Impulse we know today.
Unlike Steam, pricing has been localised for the Australian audience using current exchange rates.
Besides games, Impulse also features applications, utilities, themes, available to purchase or download free and offers community centric features like in game chat, friend finding and online game searching.