Steam ups Valve’s download speeds

Valve has revamped its Steam platform to optimise content delivery, the company has said.With the help of new server and client codes, the overhauled Steam is said will offer better download rates for customers around the world.

"The maximum aggregate bandwidth of the system will be greater than the current system; this will help us satisfy spikes in demand when there’s a big release," the company said in a statement.

"We will also be able to send content from more places, to better serve people all around the globe. All the content on the new system is sent via HTTP; this is more firewall-friendly than the current system, and will automatically take advantage of web-caching proxies installed at ISPs."

Valve said that its game updates would now require less data to download.

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