According to Voodoo Extreme 3D at IGN next month’s Steam client update will introduce support for much-hated microtransactions:
Want to offer your customers a scabbard for their sword? New tires? The latest in night vision goggles? Now you can through microtransaction support in Steamworks.
Your item server can now be easily integrated with Steamworks so that Steam users can buy and instantly use the items they want – all without leaving the game. Steam handles all of the billing through the user’s Steam account.
Now with a greatly expanded capacity — now 100 MB per user, per game. The Steam Cloud API allows your game to write and retrieve files for each user.
Steam Total Makeover
The new Steam client makes finding friends, tracking achievements, reading news, organizing game collections, and keeping up to date easier than they ever have been before.
Even when creating visual aids, Valve remembers to screw mainland Europe.