Game Sharing Coming To Steam, Possibly
Valve may have learnt a thing or two about sharing games while also imposing an authentication system for games from Microsoft and the Xbox One. The Xbox One has a feature whereby any of the 10 people in your family list on Xbox Live can share a game that you have which is to say they can play that game without actually owning it. Games can also be traded once.
Steam may soon adopt a similar system for game sharing if a few lines in the store’s client code are to be believed.
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Initially discovered by NeoGAF, the client code now contains the following lines:
- “SteamUI_JoinDialog_SharedLicense_Title” “Shared game library”
- “SteamUI_JoinDialog_SharedLicenseLocked_OwnerText” “Just so you know, your games are currently in use by %borrower%. Playing now will send %borrower% a notice that it’s time to quit.”
- “SteamUI_JoinDialog_SharedLicenseLocked_BorrowerText” “This shared game is currently unavailable. Please try again later or buy this game for your own library.”
You don’t need to know a thing about coding to notice some very telltale terms in amongst those lines of code. It seems as if users will be allowed to share their entire library with at least one friend but rather than sharing the game you are sharing the license which means that only one person can play that game at a time. For example, if you own Portal 2 and a friend owns DotA 2, you can play each other’s games but you can’t play Portal 2 co-op together.
At least, that’s what the prevalent assumption seems to be at present. It could be entirely wrong or Valve might have no plans to implement Microsoft-esque content sharing.