Published on September 11th, 2013 | by Alex Porter


Steam To Introduce Family And Friend Sharing

Steam have just announced plans for a family and friends sharing system that will allow select people to access your full game library at any time. People that you have friended will be able to request access to your game library and vice-versa. Once the link has been authorised from the other side, the game library of the requested user will be available to the other.

Gamers who play games using this feature will still be able to earn achievements and save their game as if they had the full version. The flip side to this is that both the library owner and other users will not be allowed to simultaneously play the same game unless both users have the full version in their own library. This is sort of akin to lending a friend a physical copy which would mean the other person cannot play it at the same time.

The feature will allow up to 10 family or friends to access your library at any given time. It will undoubtedly be popular and will allow for users to play full versions of games that perhaps other gamers no longer play, or at least not often. The library will act as a single collection meaning that no matter how many people have access, only 1 person can play each game at a given time.

The beta for the feature will start mid-September and 1,000 selected from the Family Sharing Group will gain access to it. You can join the group now to be in with a chance of being selected for the beta. The sharing will work with most games but certain exceptions will exist.

This sounds very similar to what the Xbox One’s share feature was going to be and is something I hope they bring back as it has so much potential! Already planning on who to share my library of over 300 games with! What do you guys think? Let us know!

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3 Responses to Steam To Introduce Family And Friend Sharing

  1. James Hart says:

    Superb idea. This is exactly what a digital platform needs as it can be used as a sort of “try before you buy” service. Obviously it won’t and it’ll mean “buy once for 10 people”, but the concept is great. Games are really cheap on PC anyway, but this is a nice option to see if you like something without dropping 20 quid first.

    This and Origin’s refund policy are huge steps forward for PC gaming.

  2. David Guild says:

    I love the idea, but they should go one further and let the more than 1 person use the account at the same time. So say if i’m playing one game on Steam like Counter Strike, my son can’t log in and play Kerbal Space Program. I would rather if they kept it down to family sharing. Friends is kinda cool but when it comes to it I want to save money for my family, if my friends are to cheap thats their fault. But at the mo I’m having to buy 2 of every game because my son wishes to play.

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