Steam Just Got A Lot More Family Friendly
On the eve of their tenth birthday (yes tenth, feel old), Valve announced a new feature for their digital distribution platform, Steam, which is sure to bring a few smiles to thousands of faces. Family Sharing will be coming to Steam, allowing you to easily share your games library with other family members through a few authorised PCs.
Here’s how it’s all going to work. Any Steam user will be able to authorise up to ten devices that can access their shared library, which consists of all the games you currently own in Steam. Any user on one of these authorised devices will have full access to any game in the library, including DLC that has been purchased. Should the owner of the shared library want to play any game in the library, any users currently playing will be notified and asked to quit safely before being forcibly booted.
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In other words, only one person may play a game from a specific library at one time, with the library owner always taking priority. So if you were hoping this meant you and a brother (or close friend) could both make use of a single copy of a game at the same time, think again. You will, however, be able to play a game that you don’t own while your sibling or mate is out getting drunk, or something. You know, people with lives.
Valve also noted that not all games will be able to work with Family Sharing, most notably games that make use of other distribution systems (Origin, UPlay) in order to run. In this case, the game will simply not allow an unauthorised user to gain access to the game; much like Steam did up until this point.
The system is set to enter beta next week, and you can get an early taste of the sharing goodness by signing up right here.
It is rather amusing that this system was something Microsoft received a lot of praise for before the whole Xbox 180 stunt. And while Microsoft are still saying it’s possible in the future, here comes Valve out of nowhere, implementing this here and now. Well played Valve, well played. Oh, and Happy Birthday!