Remember how Microsoft closeted the DRM online only feature for their Xbox One (a very good move)? That caused another planned feature, game sharing between families, to be shelved for a future time. Now, I don’t know about you but cancelling a feature where you can mooch off your buddies for free games was a huge disappointment. Luckily, it looks like this feature will be around on the PC soon enough - by those miracle workers at Valve (as usual).
CVG reports that Valve has announced family sharing for their Steam client for the PC. Basically it’s the same thing as Microsoft’s cancelled family sharing feature, except for the PC. The feature will allow Steam users to share their games on ten other devices, allowing their buddies to access free games without actually logging into the account of the person who is sharing. There may be some exceptions for some games, like MMOs that require one to have a subscription.
This is Valve, the company that has been praised, revered, and elevated to an almost deity-like status, at least according to the video below, by gamers for their love for the video game community. So when you hear an announcement on game sharing you know it’s going to be done right, like so many other Steam features. Steam Greenlight, for example. A service that allows the community to vote their favourite indie games to be promoted onto the steam platform – that’s the community, not the developers. So the games that are enjoyed the most by the public will get the attention they deserve.
You can sign up for the beta today here.