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#1 Mitch

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Posted 11 September 2013 - 06:01 PM

This is sick

 

Steam Family Sharing, an upcoming service from Valve, will allow Steam users to share their games with friends and family, the company announced today.

The service is designed to allow "close friends and family members" to share a library of games while Steam tracks achievements and save data for each individual user, said Valve in a press release.

"Our customers have expressed a desire to share their digital games among friends and family members, just as current retail games, books, DVDs, and other physical media can be shared," said Valve's Anna Sweet. "Family Sharing was created in direct response to these user requests."

According to Valve's FAQ for Steam Family Sharing, a user can authorize his or her entire Steam library — it's all or nothing, since individual games can't be selected — for use by friends and family on up to 10 different computers. That includes games and their add-on content, although friends won't be able to purchase additional DLC for a game they don't own.

Not every game will support Steam Family Sharing, and regional restrictions will still exist: You wouldn't be able to authorize an Australian friend to play the North American version of Saints Row 4, for example. A shared library can only be accessed by one user at a time, so even a user on a previously authorized device will be locked out if someone else is already playing. The lender retains priority access; if another user is playing and the lender logs on, the user will be given "a few minutes" to buy the game for him or herself, or quit playing.

Valve will begin running a limited beta for Steam Family Sharing next week; Steam users can join the Family Sharing group in the Steam Community to express their interest in participating.

 

 

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#2 Zinix

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Posted 11 September 2013 - 06:10 PM

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#3 Mocha Bear

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Posted 11 September 2013 - 06:20 PM

"The lender retains priority access; if another user is playing and the lender logs on, the user will be given "a few minutes" to buy the game for him or herself, or quit playing."

 

I don't know why but the thought of someone kicking their friends/family off of a game like this makes me chuckle a little.

Still very cool you're allowed to do this.


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#4 Fiery

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Posted 11 September 2013 - 06:36 PM

I want all the games.

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Posted 11 September 2013 - 08:12 PM

I have no use for it, meh.

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Posted 11 September 2013 - 08:34 PM

Meh I still want portal 3


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#7 Abcdude

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Posted 11 September 2013 - 09:12 PM

Still confuzzled


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Posted 12 September 2013 - 07:30 AM

Still confuzzled

you can share a game with 9 other people.

Only 1 person can play the game at any 1 time.

The OWNER of the game can kick whoever is playing the game off.

You can't give a european an american game.


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Posted 12 September 2013 - 04:11 PM

I own over 300 games I've never played, add me and I'd share pretty much anything.

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Posted 13 September 2013 - 03:50 AM

wasn't the family sharing microsoft was trying to do better?

Why did everybody complain about that but not this?


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Posted 13 September 2013 - 06:15 AM

wasn't the family sharing microsoft was trying to do better?
Why did everybody complain about that but not this?


Because Steam isn't taking anything away in doing this. Microsoft would have done.

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Posted 14 October 2013 - 01:14 PM

I got in the beta today, it works by authorizing all the games you own for the current machine, and you can have a list of machines you can authorize them on.

So it's pretty useless for sharing with internet friends unless you want to share your steam account details which would probably get you banned.


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Posted 14 October 2013 - 02:43 PM

I got in the beta today, it works by authorizing all the games you own for the current machine, and you can have a list of machines you can authorize them on.

So it's pretty useless for sharing with internet friends unless you want to share your steam account details which would probably get you banned.

knew there had to be a catch, that sucks. have a bunch of games I don't play either.







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