Peer-to-Peer files released
It seems like this gets at least one mention every month. It’s a bit of relief to see that it still exists! The Steam Community’s voice chat is carried over Steam’s new BitTorrent-based P2P network, and the separation of the binaries that work that little bit of magic (into
bin/p2pvoice.dll) strongly suggests that we’ll be seeing more applications of the technology at a later date.
Some further findings from Steam’s new files:
- Use the VGUI Editor (Ctrl+Alt+B) on the Downloads page in Settings and you’ll
CSubPanelOptionsP2P. Use the ‘Select Control’ combo box to select and make visible the P2P controls it contains.
#Steam_P2P_SharingColumnLabel_hiddenlabel for the current Media tab is to be found in
config/dialogconfig.vdf. For sharing mod trailers, right?
public/P2PDetailPage.resdialogue includes a
trackerfield. Could refer either to community trackers for mod content, or official regional trackers that can be switched between.
VST” appears in
CP2PVstKeyValuesListPanel. Sitting alongside VMT, VDF, VCD and other keyvalue-based Valve file formats, it somehow seems unlikely that this three-letter acronym starting with V has anything to do with Virtual Studio Technology. “Valve Sharing Tracker” perhaps?