Valve Announces New Steam Sharing Service

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jbitzer

This is still a cool Idea. I have games I'd like my wife to play without the risk of screwing up my saves.

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Ghok

This is pretty useful for me.

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Shalbatana

I love Steam.

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misterz100

If I can play a game and a famlily member play a different game in my librairy at the same time this will be perfect.
This will be a Beta so I'm sure things will change as time goes on.

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Renegade Knight

For now it looks like it's treating your game library as a game. You both can't use your library at the same time even if you are playing different games.

This is still an improvement over sharing your account. It makes several things work better. However it's nowhere near as good as sharing your games individually.

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Carlidan

But why would you want someone to log in your account at the same time anyways. I would rather share the games in my library to friends and family. It's my freaking account. Don't touch!!!! :)

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PCLinuxguy

This is a pretty cool idea. I am hoping they can improve this idea to allow it to expand even more. This is the kind of feature that SteamBoxes would use to kick a console's ass.

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stradric

Woah, slow down there. The SteamBox is still years from being able to kick a console's ass for at least 2 reasons. 1.) The SteamBox hasn't even been announced and 2.) the SteamBox will run Linux, which still has somewhat limited support for games.
http://steamdb.info/linux/

Linux has historically imposed challenges for game and graphics driver developers. The SteamBox could start the momentum to make Linux a truly compelling gaming platform, but we are years away from that goal.

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Renegade Knight

I agree with the limitations of Linux as a gaming platform. However a Steambox can standardize a few things about Linux that make it far more attractive as a platform a lot faster than the natural pace of evolution. They could force the graphics driver for at least one line of cards to be up to snuff.

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PCLinuxguy

While I do agree with you. I find that rolling your own Steambox is more than likely going to be the only way to own one. Currently I've got steam on a gaming rig and on a laptop, and a friend of mine actually built a steambox (from an article on maximum pc) He's running an i5 SB in a silverstone SG06 with a GTX 56oti and 8GB of ram on Win7 Pro and it's been a very interesting experience. I'm thinking of beefing up my HTPC a bit so that it can do the same (currently it's an i3-3225 with HD4000 graphics. bump it to an i5 and a gtx 770).

While I am an avid Linux fan, and I am impressed by how far gaming has come for the platform I'll keep Windows for gaming and linux for everything else (like I already do now)

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acidic

i shared my account with my brother for over 8 years until he finally decided to make his own. just had to put one machine in offline mode and all is good

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Satchboy

I like this. I frequently house sit for my brother and it would be nice to be able to play my Steam games at his place without have to designate his machine as one belonging to my account.

Also being able to try out each others games before deciding to buy it myself is a bonus.

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Xenite

It's not much of a sharing system. Only ONE person can be playing a game on the account at the same time. So if my friend borrows Saints Row and I decided I wanted to play Guns of Icarus, it would kick the friend out of SR.

Fairly useless system imo.

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stradric

So, you would prefer nothing then?

My guess is that publishers had a say in how this system was implemented. They likely wouldn't continue to allow Valve to post massive discounts if the family sharing system was less restrictive.

This isn't as great as what Microsoft was originally proposing with the Xbone, but it's still a step in the right direction.

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Supall

"The service will allow people you designate to be able to download and play games from a shared library, but it won't allow access to a specific title from more than one computer at a time"

It clearly says this isn't the case in the article. Apparently, we need less "pew pew" in our games and more "reading comprehension".

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jbitzer

From the FAQ

http://store.steampowered.com/sharing/

CAN A FRIEND AND I SHARE A LIBRARY AND BOTH PLAY AT THE SAME TIME?
No, a shared library may only be accessed by one user at a time.

The article is wrong.

Maybe you need less pew pew and more research skills.

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poee

Where does the article say that two people cannot play different titles from the same account at the same time? It specifically says that two cannot play the SAME title at the same time.

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jbitzer

From the FAQ

http://store.steampowered.com/sharing/

CAN A FRIEND AND I SHARE A LIBRARY AND BOTH PLAY AT THE SAME TIME?
No, a shared library may only be accessed by one user at a time.

The article is wrong.

So are you.

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Scatter

Agreed.

And it's not really entitlement to expect something significant when Steam pretends to announce something significant.

Personally I wouldn't get any benefit from this whatsoever. Seriously, is it really too much to ask that my wife be able to play the copy of Bejeweled that I purchased on her laptop while I play Skyrim on my PC? This is basic functionality that PC gamers have been able to do for decades.

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The Mac

so much entitlement...

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vrmlbasic

Even Netflix allows for at least 2 simultaneous, unique streams. Valve flubbed this one.

It's not account "sharing" so much as it is an account timeshare. Timeshares suck.

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The Mac

again with the entitlement...

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vrmlbasic

I don't think that you understand the concept of "entitlement"... :(

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The Mac

I most certainly do.

All this whining about what im not allowed to do with "My" software.

Bad news kids, its not yours. It never was. The only thing you buy is the right to use someone elses software.

The owner dictates how you are permitted to use it.

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Goolashe

It's not entitlement if it's something that you've been able to do with physical media for ages. Now that digital has grown to be as big as physical media (if not bigger), it really needs a feature like this.

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Carlidan

I think it's a fair sharing system.

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goodtime

I think it makes sense. Can you have two people playing the same console game? You can't because you only have one disc and one console. This is sort of emulating that. It also makes sense because people would just pool their money for one copy and share the account, aka pirating.

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Scatter

The problem isn't that we want two people to be able to play the same game at the same time on different PCs. I'd like the ability for two people to play DIFFERENT games at the same time on different PCs.

Again, This was something that we've been able to do forever until we were suddenly required to log in to play our games.

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Carlidan

That's what I was thinking too.

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The Mac

ditto, its a nice bonus....

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aarcane

So can one user buy TWO copies of a game to let multiple friends have access to that title?

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stradric

No, that's not how it works. Your library can only be used by one person at a time, including you. If you wanted to buy 2 copies, you could purchase one as a gift for your friend to play.

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BRIAN STALOCH

I'd totally dig that, since I already just have two "guest accounts" that I have a few of the same games for.