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Steam Family and Friends Sharing

#1TheSuspectedPosted 9/11/2013 9:50:41 AM
http://store.steampowered.com/news/11436/

If Origin even had a chance, it died today.


Forgive me if posted elsewhere.
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#2WyzeGyePosted 9/11/2013 9:55:45 AM(edited)
Cool... only took them 10 years.
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#3Gojak_v3Posted 9/11/2013 9:55:37 AM
This is basically what Microsoft wanted to do with the Xbox One but the peasants had a fit over it and Microsoft reversed themselves.
#4Ch3wyPosted 9/11/2013 9:55:55 AM
Meh.

It would be a big deal if it wasn't just for people on the same computer.
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#5BogePosted 9/11/2013 9:58:49 AM(edited)
I can't tell if they're saying it only works for 1 computer or not. If so, what's the point? So they don't get their own achievements, big deal.

"It's all enabled by authorizing a shared computer."

This makes it sound like it only works on the same computer.

"Once a device is authorized, the lender's library of Steam games becomes available for others on the machine to access, download, and play. Though simultaneous usage of an account’s library is not allowed, the lender may always access and play his games at any time. If he decides to start playing when a friend is borrowing one of his games, the friend will be given a few minutes to either purchase the game or quit playing."

This makes it sound like you can actually allow another Steam account on another computer to "borrow" your game until you want to play it.
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#6JMartinhoPosted 9/11/2013 9:58:12 AM
I'm pretty sure you don't have to be on the same pc, it'll probably work kinda like Steam Guard, where you'd add a friends pc to the "Recognized computers".
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#7TheSuspected(Topic Creator)Posted 9/11/2013 9:58:23 AM
Boge posted...
I can't tell if they're saying it only works for 1 computer or not. If so, what's the point? So they don't get their own achievements, big deal.


Though simultaneous usage of an account’s library is not allowed, the lender may always access and play his games at any time. If he decides to start playing when a friend is borrowing one of his games, the friend will be given a few minutes to either purchase the game or quit playing.

Chances are this will work across multiple PCs.
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#8SinisterSlayPosted 9/11/2013 9:58:37 AM
Still cool idea.

Hopefully it's for different computers.
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#9arleasPosted 9/11/2013 9:58:38 AM
Can I share specific games, or do I have to share my whole library?

Libraries are shared and borrowed in their entirety.


Yeah, I'm not wild about this... I mean, basically, it's great because I could lend my games to a friend, but I'm locked out of my entire library while this happens? Ugh. If I can play one game on my account while a friend plays another different game, then it's still good (as long as I don't want to play that game) but that's not what it sounds like.

Also, we've known this was in the works, but it's great they finally decided to roll it out.
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#10Gojak_v3Posted 9/11/2013 9:59:02 AM
Boge posted...
I can't tell if they're saying it only works for 1 computer or not. If so, what's the point? So they don't get their own achievements, big deal.


Obviously not for just one PC. How can someone be playing the game and another person be trying to log into said game on the same PC? This sentence is the clue.

Though simultaneous usage of an account’s library is not allowed, the lender may always access and play his games at any time. If he decides to start playing when a friend is borrowing one of his games, the friend will be given a few minutes to either purchase the game or quit playing.