Valve launches Steam Family Sharing for all users

By Scorpus
Mar 1, 2014
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  1. After a beta period lasting over five months, Valve is finally ready to give all Steam users access to Family Sharing. The program gives a user the chance to share their entire game library with up to five others, with...

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  2. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,749   +1,421

    Seems kind of pointless with those restrictions. What is the point in sharing a library, if it can not be shared during the same time frame?
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  3. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,677   +868

    Yeah, but there have to be limitations for these types of things. They dont want everyone just sharing libraries and not buying games.
  4. Seventh Reign

    Seventh Reign Newcomer, in training Posts: 71   +25

    I have no problem at all with those restrictions. I have almost 200 games in my steam library. I'm sure that no matter what game I am playing, whoever I'm sharing with will be able to find something.

    I can guarantee with 96.7% certainty that most of the people that have issues with them, do so because they were hoping for multiplayer.
  5. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,749   +1,421

    I'm just saying I can understand being restricted from playing the same game, at the same time within a shared library. But to break the share on a library, while it is being used by the account holder, is counter to the whole concept of using a share program.
  6. SirGCal

    SirGCal TechSpot Member Posts: 80   +21

    The way this reads, only one account can access the LIBRARY at any one time. Thus, doesn't matter how many games you have, if you're playing, the shared people can not get in regardless of who's playing what.

    I'd be fine with only one account playing game X at a time, but one into the library is rather annoying. What I would use this for is games for my boys. I have 600+ games and many of them kid friendly. They should be able to access the games I am not playing without issue but as this reads, that is not the case...
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  7. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,855   +342

    SirGCal is correct, only one person can access the library at a time.
    But im not using the library for 10 hours a day so this is a nice feature ill probably let my friends use.
  8. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus TechSpot Booster Posts: 163   +38

    Not sure it will be workable for me. Last couple of years all of my game purchases have been from Steam. If playing any one of them means that the folks I wish to share some other games with are outed...well, that just isn't friendly.
  9. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,855   +342

    Im confused as to why people aren't happy with this, its great to be able to share a digital game library at all...
    They give people something nice, for free, and people complain. sheesh.
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  10. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus TechSpot Booster Posts: 163   +38

    Well, I'll try to clarify. Both my kid and I are gamers. Used to be that I could hand him a disk I was through with for the moment and he could put it on his machine and play. Now we have separate Steam accounts and we have duplicates abounding (about 1/3 of my library). Hey, Steam is great and I don't mind duplicating too much, especially from sales. However, there are times I would like to actually share a unique title. This just does not do it, because every time I signed in to play Title A, he would be closed out from playing Title B or C.

    Maybe we need an idea more like a real library, with title transfers 'on loan' for weeks or months at a time.
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  11. IKROWNI

    IKROWNI TechSpot Member Posts: 24

    This limitation really ruined what I was hoping to be an awesome update. To the people saying that the ones are complaining are ungrateful. Think of it like this.

    I let my friend borrow assassin's Creed. He goes home and pops the disc in and starts playing. While he is playing I go home and put call of duty in and start playing. Now out of nowhere my friend gets a message that he is about to get kicked off assassin's Creed because I'm using call of duty. Does that make much sense to you?

    The service is very restrictive and not what I or many others were actually hoping for. It's nice they put out the gesture but it's not really asking much sense how they are employing it.
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  12. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,855   +342

    I already understood why you werent happy with it, im just confused as to why people are complaining about it, as you didnt have any features like this before. they had no reason to give us this except to be nice....just keep duping games as you did. You have a new feature you didnt have before for free and you are complaining. Its like complaining that you didnt get the christmas present you wanted.
  13. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus TechSpot Booster Posts: 163   +38

    I got it now...sorry. was thick. I was complaining because I was hoping Gabe Newell would read it and change it further. The squeeky wheel routine.
  14. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,855   +342

    I just think its more or less an issue with usage laws or something than its Steam deciding to not give users something they want for no reason, is all.
  15. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,749   +1,421

    Game library usage laws? OK, I'm not following. :confused:
  16. veLa

    veLa TechSpot Booster Posts: 487   +75

    What happens when somebody you've shared with cheats on a VAC secured server? Does your account get banned for that?
  17. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,749   +1,421

    Without actually knowing, I'll boldly state the following.

    It is two independent accounts. One account gaining privileges to install and play games purchased on another account. Only the account in violation is banned, not the account sharing the game.

    Perhaps someone could clarify for us.
  18. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,855   +342

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  19. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,749   +1,421

    @ikesmasher, that lets me know, I don't want anything to do with sharing my library. I will not risk jeopardizing my account's library, for anyone else's dumb-*** conduct. I don't care if it is just the one game that is effected. The only way I could understand this, is if there were multiple hits of misconduct from several accounts withing the same library. And only after being notified of the misconduct against the account.
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  20. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,855   +342

    I agree with this - But I think its safe to say Valve only expects people to use this with people they fully trust. But I don't think id use this very often myself.
  21. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,749   +1,421

    Trust is quite often broken, even amongst the closest of friends and relatives.
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  22. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,855   +342

    I suppose people have varying experiences.
  23. misor

    misor TechSpot Addict Posts: 964   +147

    while this is not a real sharing, it has its uses.
    if a steam user is away on a work/vacation/something else, the library can be accessed by someone he authorized.
    it's akin to an extended unlimited trial period until the time the owner logs in.
    I wonder though how the system works for those users who just leave their computers on all the time.
    will the owners need to manually log off from their steam accounts/windows OS/linux OS before the authorized accounts can access their shared libraries?
  24. SirGCal

    SirGCal TechSpot Member Posts: 80   +21

    I think those reasons alone are why I would share directly with family only. I.E. give my kids the lego games, etc. I think that's how it's intended to be used and WHY I want to use it...
  25. Richy2k9

    Richy2k9 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 515

    Hello ...

    I would rather be able to share with at least 1 member & allow me to play same or different games simultaneously, helping me in family online gaming without the necessity to buy two copies of same game ...

    anyway, nice feature, let's see if it gets better with time ...

    cheers!


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