Or How Valve took XBone’s Family Sharing and made it better
You remember back when the Xbox One was revealed and everyone was all upset about the always online and being all
about the whole dealio? And remember how the one thing people were unilaterally amped about was the Family Sharing Plan* and then the 180′s just spun that all away? Well, enter the Valve, champions of the PC Master Race. Today, not only did they announce they have their own version of Family Sharing, but that it would be better than the XBone’s.
Steam Family Sharing, a new service feature that allows close friends and family members to share their libraries of Steam games, is coming to Steam, a leading platform for the delivery and management of PC, Mac, and Linux games and software. The feature will become available next week, in limited beta on Steam.
Steam Family Sharing is designed for close friends and family members to play one another’s Steam games while each earning their own Steam achievements and storing their own saves and application data to the Steam cloud. It’s all enabled by authorizing a shared computer.
“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,” explained Anna Sweet of Valve. “Family Sharing was created in direct response to these user requests.”
There’s a FAQ with some details and a signup for the Beta as well. By the way, have I ever mentioned that I see all of you as my brothers and sisters?
(h/t to GamingBolt)
*until we found out that it wasn’t full game sharing; it was more along the lines of PS+ hour long demos.