Steam provides gamers with very up to date infos about new releases and updates and enables the download of games via the online platform. You can use the free desktop client to download PC games that are offered via Steam. The tool also lets you acquire licenses, activate and install such games.
In addition, Steam is an information platform that provides you with all the news of the world of games. New releases are introduced to you directly with trailers.
If updates of games that are already installed are published, Steam can install them automatically if you wish. The tool can also check the gaming data on your hard drive and analyse errors. Unwanted changes can be undone with the back up feature.
For the exchange of empirical values or just to chat you can use the Steam community. A chat feature provides fluent communication.
Verdict: A few games (like Half-Life or Counter-Strike) are offered exclusively via the Steam network. To be able to download such games, this application is a requirement.
Note: After the installation a registration is necessary to acquire additional data. To use steam, an active internet connection is required. When you first register, the client is automatically brought up to date. To be able to buy games, additional information about your credit card, PayPal or ClickandBuy is needed.