Post by Eorl @ 09:14am 12/09/13 | 27 Comments
Valve has unveiled a new feature to their ever-growing digital Steam service, this time in the sharing games bracket. Titled Steam Family Sharing, this new service will allow close friends and family members to share their libraries of Steam games without the need for using the same account, instead using their own separate account.
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.Anna Sweet of Valve commented on the new service, stating that "Family Sharing was created in direct response to these user requests.”
“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."
The service has a few understandable limitations, most notably that it won't support every game on Steam, and "any region restrictions will remain in place when lending or borrowing content":
Due to technical limitations, 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.The new service will launch with a closed beta trial next week, though expect this to expand quite rapidly as it gears up toward launching globally across Steam. As usual Valve has also set up a handy page to answer all frequently asked questions so head over there for the full brief.