Published on September 11th, 2013 | by Nidde0
Steam Family Sharing
Our favorite platform for indie games just announced a new feature that’s heading into limited beta in the near future. It’s a feature that we saw a version of when Microsoft talked about their system for lending games to friends and family on their new console, Xbox One. What it does is allow you to share your games with friends and family.
You can read the entire press release here:
But we thought we’d list some of the most interesting highlights:
- Apply for the beta, starting mid-September, by signing up.
- You can share to a maximum of 10 devices.
- You share your entire library, not individual titles.
- Some games, e.g. those that require third-party keys or services, will not be available for sharing.
- Regions still apply.
And the most important point of all, the one that we’re hoping will be tweaked in the future:
- A borrowed library will not be available if the lender is using the library.
What this mean is that if you’re borrowing your friend’s library to play Don’t Starve, and said friend suddenly feel like playing Awesomenauts, you will be told by the system to either purchase the game yourself or stop playing (within a few minutes). So even if you’re playing different games a library can only be used on one device at a time.