The ability to trade items in Steam is now available to all. Following a short beta trial, the PC game download service now offers gamers the chance to swap in-game items and gifts with other gamers.
Admittedly the trading feature is still in its infancy so the range of compatible games is limited. Very limited in fact, as only items from Team Fortress 2
and Spiral Knights
can be exchanged. Plans are afoot to bring in Portal 2
as soon as possible along with more third-part titles in the next few months.
Games that have been purchased as gifts or picked up as bonus copies can also be traded through Steam and the service will now offer you the option to buy a title and put it aside to be traded later. Good for those who like to build up trade fodder, bad for those who already have a pile of shame stacked up next to their monitors.
Of course, there are limitations; it's not like bringing a stack of used games to your local bricks and mortar store and dumping them on the counter. Games that you've played can't be traded ? the moment it's opened, it's yours for good. Despite that, it's yet another progressive step from the "fucking powerhouse
" that is Steam.
Source: Steam Forums