How long have you been begging Valve to allow you to share your Steam games with friends or family? “But I can share my used and new copies of games on disc that I bought” you would say. Well Valve has finally started up the Steam Family Sharing group and will be entering beta in just a few days! Join the community group to sign up for the beta! I think it should be obvious that with the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles touting their share system is a part of why Valve is doing the same with Steam. I imagine that Valve has had this planned for a long time but didn’t really push it until the release of the new consoles sharing info.
With Steam Family Sharing you will be able to share your entire game library with up to ten different people, though you cannot share individual games. Naturally this should be shared with close family or extremely trusted and well-known friends. You will not be able to play simultaneously even if you’re playing a different game. Here are some other key details you’ll want to know about from the Steam Family Sharing F.A.Q.
- A Steam account may authorize Family Sharing on up to 10 devices at a given time.
- Libraries are shared and borrowed in their entirety.
- Your Family Sharing privileges may be revoked if your library is used by borrowers to conduct cheating or fraud.
- As the lender, you may always access and play your games at any time. If you decide to start playing when a friend is already playing one of your games, he/she will be given a few minutes to either purchase the game or quit playing.
- Some Steam games may be unavailable for sharing. For example, titles that require an additional third-party key, account, or subscription in order to play cannot be shared between accounts.
Even with the limitations I think this is super cool. How about you?