Friday, September 13, 2013

Steam working on Family Sharing

Today I learned that STEAM, the company that PC video gamers are always talking about, is planning on starting a new service soon called "Steam Family Sharing".  Currently it's still in development but it should be going into beta testing soon and hopefully sometimes next year the service will be fully working.

So what does this mean?

Basically it's a service that will allow you to share your steam games with other friends or family on steam.  So lets say I have the game Tomb Raider that I purchased but I'm already done playing it or just lost interest, I could just let you use it.

This is how I understand it to work, any of this could change though.  You add me as someone who can share games with you and I add you as well.  Now we can both see all the games that the other one has.  It doesn't look like there will be a way to filter only a few games that you'd like to share.  If you find a game in my library that you'd like to play, you can request to borrow it.  I then decide if I want to let you use it.

Only one person can play the game at the same time, so if I'm still playing the game I shouldn't let you use it because if you are playing and I decide to play the game, you will get kicked out of the game, you will however be given an option to buy the game.

Back when the XBox One was first announced they wanted to do some type of Family Sharing thing but never really explained their vision very well, they were also making this the only option of getting games, with PC games you can still just go buy a PC game and bypass steam completely.

Personally I think it's a great idea, I hope it becomes a normal service sooner than later because really once you've played a game it sucks that it's just there in your library without anyone using it.

Let me know what you think!

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