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Steam Family Sharing will let you lend entire game library to 10 others

By Scorpus · 24 replies
Sep 11, 2013
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  1. Ever wanted to share your Steam games with your friends and family? Well soon you'll be able to, with Steam set to launch a limited beta of Family Sharing next week, a service that will allow you to share your...

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  2. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,423   +350

    Now this is awesome!
  3. TheDreams

    TheDreams TS Evangelist Posts: 630   +68

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  4. RzmmDX

    RzmmDX TS Guru Posts: 313   +67

    Now to have family members to share with!
    ... Sigh.
  5. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,887   +627

    Heh, perhaps this will make a 'Steam Box' more attractive. Considering I work full-time and I'm in GMT+10 timezone (Australia), I can see this being beneficial for some people. ;)
  6. mccartercar

    mccartercar TS Booster Posts: 140   +26

    Steam Sharing......Suddenly you'll have soooo many friends.
    TheDreams likes this.
  7. TheBigFatClown

    TheBigFatClown TS Evangelist Posts: 737   +270

    This is the coolest idea ever for consumers. Not sure it's smart from a financial perspective from Valves point of view. But that's their problem, not mine. :)

    So all I gotta do is make friends who have games I don't have that I get to play for free as long as they aren't logged in? I don't see myself ever having to buy another game for quite the long period of time.

    As long as Steam doesn't let people I share my games with ever have any kind of access control over my account, like changing passwords, this is going to be a huge success.

    God, I love Valve and Gabe Newell. This may end piracy as we know it. Well, Valves incredible low prices for games on sale has already done that for most people. But once this kicks in and you still pirate games your just a sick individual.
    H3llion likes this.
  8. Alpha Gamer

    Alpha Gamer TS Evangelist Posts: 357   +119

    At last, but not at least...
  9. Rasta211

    Rasta211 TS Booster Posts: 221   +36

    Great idea.
  10. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,482   +978

    Wow this is too cool.
  11. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus Stone age computing - click on the rock below.. Posts: 3,858   +1,122

    Not quite sure I am clear about the restriction. My son has 20 or so games I have not tried in his library. This sounds like it may be allowed, which would be good. However, it seems to say that I can access his games at the library level only as long as he is not using his library. Even though he doesn't want to play the game I am trying out, I have to sign off so he can use his library. So maybe this is not so useful if you are in the same time zone.
  12. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,265   +518

    This is great for me - I can have my Big Picture set up in the TV room with a second account that just borrows my library from my primary account and I don't have to worry about them signing each other out.
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  13. BlueDrake

    BlueDrake TS Evangelist Posts: 378   +113

    I'm sure there's going to be changes as it's rolled out, if they can get away with that possibly because it wouldn't make sense otherwise. From what I gathered it's more like what XB One was to have, just sharing games but can't play the same one together. I could be completely wrong but that's my general impressions, because it wouldn't make sense otherwise to be sharing at all. Especially if you're a hardcore gamer, and 90% or more of your gaming library is on Steam.
  14. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,887   +627

    They seriously need to fix that. There's no point to Big Picture if you can't be logged into both. It's a simple check: same WAN, same subnet? Cool, allow.

    Also, this is how I understand it: the owner (you) can do whatever they want. Borrower1 can play game X while you play game Y. However, no two borrowers can be playing ANY game from your library at the same time.
  15. gobbybobby

    gobbybobby TS Guru Posts: 555   +9

    Id assume if you run Steam in Offline mode, a friend would still be able to access/ play your library,
  16. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 3,272   +1,722

    They are taking the feature xbox one threw away and was actually useful. ^_^
  17. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,372   +17

    Cycloid is right, the person sharing their library will NOT be able to play anything else, even if it's a different game. A Valve employee yesterday confirmed this as well on the forums [Link]. This feature appears to be geared at those who only use one device and likely a precursor for their Steambox, as this is more like sharing account access, and not sharing/borrowing games. There are a lot of misleading headlines floating around portraying this as some ability to lend games to friends/family, when you clearly can't.

    For those who want to share games with family, at least single player ones, your best bet is still to set one account to offline with the game they want, allowing you to still play whatever you want at the same time.
  18. Well Stickymon confused me with his understanding of it.
    Mine is: You have a library of 100 games and you can share them all
    You are out down the pub. Bob plays all 100 games.
    You come home. Bobs told to go away cause ya hungry for some L4D2...
    Bob doesnt save but gets booted anyhoo.
    Only 1 user can use any one library at any 1 time...
    Thats what I got out of all of the above.
    So its all a little confusing with how you select people to allow do you then have to be logged out, how do they get in ? A new link on their name in ya friends list. "Buddies Library" ?

    This is what Sony should be doing. They had 4 people able to share games with, so I could buy a game and share it and add ons with mates and we could play together, then they took it away and I stopped buying multiplayer stuff. My friends didnt want to pay for stuff and I wanted to play with friends. So in that regard they lose money for being tight fisted *****s and removing that functionality. Greed was their problem

    Valve on the other hand don't need this, because they have sales, and 4 pack offers. Which are awesome and even more so in a sale. Its usually like 4 games for the price of 1 or less even. So valve gain nothing from this in my opinion. I won't pay full price for many new games cause they don't wow me, I am usually let down, disappointed. And why not wait for a sale thats only 6 months down the line... So why would any one try before they buy and then think damn I been kicked out, I could buy the game and continue... nah £30 sod that , I will wait n pay £8 in the sale at xmas... Which said person would probably do during the sale anyway.

    So a lot of effort for nothing ? Anyone else figure out what they are doing that I am not understanding ?
  19. RenGood08

    RenGood08 TS Booster Posts: 183   +13

    Hmmm...this could be epic. I"d like to share my games with others, but not everyone likes hidden object games xD
  20. Valve understands customers and puts them first as a result they have a lot of loyal customers. Many other services put squeezing out every cent from their prey and don't understand why customers run away or complain about it.
  21. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,434   +413

    Yah, this is definitely a step in the right direction. I think there are some interesting things they could do with this, from a strictly sharing perspective... Like, when a guest is trying out someone else's game and then exits or gets the boot, offer the game to the guest at a good discounted sale price as they are leaving. I could see getting some decent revenue just from that possibility alone.

    I think ultimately, I'd love to see the capability to link together "family accounts" or create sub-accounts. Give the option to transfer game licenses from one linked account to the other. Of course, there would need to be restrictions on how and when accounts could be linked (same billing maybe?) to prevent abuse, but this would be excellent for families. Like, I could shoot some of the games I don't play to my son's Steam account, leaving me free to play my usual ones. It also opens up the capabilities to split off games that I might be running on my living room gaming HTPC (which could technically be a Steambox in the future).
  22. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,644   +304

    This is exactly what it's been designed for, as I understand it, the next step towards a SteamBox. One account buying the games for the console, all accounts on the console being able to play them.
  23. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,215   +177

    I LOVE IT!
  24. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,399   +431

    It would make more sense if they let others play one game while you play another, before steam I could play one of my games and my little brother could play a diff game at the same time, how I loath steam

    "The most important restriction is that only one user can access a person's game library at a time, and Steam will give access priority to the library owner."
  25. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,887   +627

    Heh, they updated their FAQ:

    I also doubt going to offline mode will help. You will most likely need to stay online if you're 'borrowing'.

    Either way, this still works for people in different timezone. US people have all day that they can play games while I sleep; or people at home country can play games while I am at work.

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