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Valve has announced that a new Family Sharing plan that will users to grant library access to up to ten devices will enter beta next week. With the new setup, users can allow others to download content and play most games when the primary account holder is not logged in.
Lenders will also be able to bump others off of their libraries, though borrowers will have a few minutes warning. During that time, they can finish their session or purchase the title on their own to continue.
The first pool of beta participants will be limited to 1,000. In order to be considered, you'll need to join the Family Sharing group.
DLC will be accessible to borrowers, but those that don't own the base game won't be able to purchase new add-on content. Additionally, account holders will be responsible for any misconduct that occurs on their accounts. In other words, don't give access to people who are going to glitch, cheat, and otherwise get you banned.
Our TakeThe plan navigates dicey waters to find a middle-ground between publishers and consumers by satisfying both. A single license can only be in use on one machine at a time, and the mechanism by which borrowers are notified that their time is up incentivizes new purchases.
For families with multiple computers in the house, this is a smart solution that enables individual accounts while sharing purchases across users. Finding a balance between being consumer- and publisher-friendly isn't easy, but Valve seems to have found a good middle-ground, at least on paper. I have to wonder if this is what Microsoft had planned before the reversal on DRM policies.
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Steam box please
Sweeeeet. Too bad you can't play together, tho. Really good idea for making people feel like Steam isn't a waste : )
Been wondering when we'd hear about this again.
It's essentially a more secure and Steam approved way of sharing your password. Not that awesome, but still nice to see.
I've actually given my brother access to my Steam account, and he's probably gotten more use out of the 300 plus games there than I have. I just tell him not to purchace anything. With this, he'd be able to get his own account.
Good, what took them this long?
I'm so ready for this!
I'm glad someone is trying out this feature. I was hoping Microsoft would have kept this to test out the waters. But I'm more than okay with seeing how Steam performs.
Great. Now to find my buddy with 300 games...muhahahaha
Cool! It should do pretty decent.
This doesn't seem that much more of a benefit than just giving the Steam account to family members that want to play your games. It won't be a benefit until you can play multiple games at the same time on a Steam account.
They should do it like this:
1. Two people can play the game at the same time, but neither of them can play multiplayer.
2. Only one person can play 1 game at a time. What I mean by this is to let one person play 1 game in your library, which means that the other person can play every other game in the library besides that game.
I honestly don't get why either of the things I listed above would be a problem for devs.
This sounds good but in reality it will not be very useful for most gamers. Anybody I can think of that I would lend my games to will be wanting to play the same time I want to play. If my account could be logged in on a 2nd device for say a limited time like 2-3 hour every day or limit the 2nd login to 10 hours a week maybe. But I'm logged into steam all the time. I just don't see the advantage here. If this was microsofts plan for X1 then it would've sucked!