Steam Announces Family Sharing

Discussion in 'User Submitted News' started by Gahars, Sep 11, 2013.

  1. Gahars

    Gahars Bakayaro Banzai

    Aug 5, 2011
    United States
    New Jersey
    Digital Distribution has many advantages over the standard, brick-and-mortar model (starting with that always appreciated alliteration). It's never been easier for gamers to cut out the hassles of travel and social interaction.

    Unfortunately, it has its downsides. Not only has it become impossible for me to maintain my hoarding habit, it's also very difficult to share games with friends "friends" without getting into illegal, sketchy territory.

    Not to worry, though, because Valve is on the case... at least for that second part, anyway.


    Still have questions? Go F.A.Q. yourself, buddy.

    If sharing is caring, then it seems that Valve cares a metric shitton (Translation: A lot). Here's hoping a Great Games Guarantee-like service is next on the list.
  2. GameWinner

    GameWinner Take your heart

    Jun 14, 2009
    United States
    Wasn't this what Xbox One wanted to do?

    NEP likes this.
  3. Hop2089

    Hop2089 Cute>Hot

    Jan 31, 2008
    United States
    Steam just kicked the Xbox One's ass.
  4. Qtis

    Qtis Grey Knight Inquisitor

    Feb 28, 2010
    The Forge
    I think most of the XB1 hate came from the 24h limit imposed by this rule. Most gamers and reviewers were more than welcome to accept this kind of feature. Without the time restrictions as hard as they were.

    As you can guess, I do like the idea. Still doesn't help people in the same household playing the game at the same time, but it's getting there (hopefully)!
  5. Flame

    Flame Me > You

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    Jul 15, 2008
    thats ONE over Microsoft's plans.
    Satangel likes this.
  6. FAST6191

    FAST6191 Techromancer

    pip Reporter
    Nov 21, 2005
    United Kingdom
    So Steam is just like most other software and even consoles now?

    Actually scratch that as I really should approve of improvements that do not come with a catch. I will save the real applause for when they see the light and allow me to sell on games.
    EZ-Megaman likes this.
  7. RedCoreZero

    RedCoreZero Creativity is Power

    Nov 12, 2012
    United States
    Lived in Florida
    Little did people know, eShop games are also only licensed to you.
  8. wrettcaughn

    wrettcaughn Misunderstood Moral Elitist

    Mar 14, 2009
    United States
    Except they do not delve in any "rules" around the sharing. It will not be as simple as "I share my library with my friend's PC". How will they verify privileges to content? How will they enforce the "only one person has access to the library at a time" bit? Will they disable offline play for shared accounts requiring the user be logged into Steam to perform the check?

    The disappointing part is that Valve could get away with a restriction like that while MS and Sony couldn't...
    Sterling likes this.
  9. Foxi4

    Foxi4 On the hunt...

    Global Moderator
    Sep 13, 2009
    Gaming Grotto
    R.I.P Origin, you tried, we wish you hadn't. :rolleyes:
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  10. pokefloote

    pokefloote GBAtemp Addict

    Mar 20, 2009
    United States
    I love this, I really hope I get selected for beta. Now I can let my brother play Borderlands 2 online, and not have my friends list keep thinking he is me. He can have his own friends list, in-game name, etc and not have to buy the game again.

    I approve. B-)
  11. gifi4

    gifi4 How am I a 'New Member'?

    Apr 21, 2010
    My question is this: If I'm playing a game from someone elses library and they decide to play an entirely different game, will I be kicked from the game I'm playing or will that only apply if the account holder wishes to play the same game?
  12. Ron

    Ron somehow a weeb now.

    Dec 10, 2009
    This doesn't make all that of the difference in the short run, but who knows what kind of repercussions it'll have in the future? Perhaps it'll open up and allow you to share individual games, though I understand why that's more difficult to do, with Valve requiring the publisher's blessings to allow that.

    I'm still waiting for QtSteam though :angry:. Or anything, just get rid of VGUI D:
  13. Rydian

    Rydian Resident Furvert™

    Feb 4, 2010
    United States
    Cave Entrance, Watching Cyan Write Letters
    It's the most simple and foolproof, so I assume so.

    People liked the sharing and such on the xbox one.

    What they didn't like was always-online being forced, always, period (and other restrictions but always-online even if you use no online features was the worst).
  14. Carnivean

    Carnivean STARMAN

    Jul 11, 2006
    Kind of unnoteworthy with the whole 'entire library must be shared / one person playing any game in that library' restrictions in place meaning you can't just functionally loan out single games or anything particularly useful.
    gifi4 and Rydian like this.
  15. Ryufushichou

    Ryufushichou I'm Not British, I'm Just Gay!

    Mar 29, 2008
    Raimon Junior High
    No you can't. If you start playing any game in your library it gives them a few minutes to either buy the game or quit then closes it for them.

    I think its a bit stupid how that works to be honest, its really the same as just telling my friend my account info and letting then run rampant with the games i have, so I am hoping it gets revised.
  16. Satangel

    Satangel BEAST

    Nov 27, 2006
    Bruges, Belgium
    This is a very nice feature, and I can already see the IMMENSE libraries some people have on Steam being sold for 'family sharing'. It's not exception to find someone on Steam with 1000+ games, who wouldn't want to share with that guy?
  17. Arras

    Arras GBAtemp Guru

    Sep 14, 2010
    The advantage of this is that 1. Your friend does not need to be logged in to your account, so your other friends won't think you're online
    2. He can't mess up your save files, can earn his own achievements etc.
    And what do you mean, run rampant? They can play any game from your library, yeah, but how is that a bad thing?
  18. Gahars

    Gahars Bakayaro Banzai

    Aug 5, 2011
    United States
    New Jersey
    3. You're not risking your cash or your private info (credit card number, password, etc.)
    4. It costs absolutely nothing for the same benefit (friend gets to enjoy your games)

    So yeah, it is kind of completely different when you think about it. Huh.
  19. Ericthegreat

    Ericthegreat Not New Member

    Nov 8, 2008
    United States
    This is great for old ppl and little kids who don't know how to pirate.

    And for online games that you need to go online but you don't wanna play on non legit servers. (I'm sure some of you play CoD.)
  20. Arras

    Arras GBAtemp Guru

    Sep 14, 2010
    And people who find Steam to be generally less hassle than pirating stuff.
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