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    Valve Announced Steam Family Sharing

    http://steamcommunity.com/groups/fam...#announcements

    Coming Soon: Players who share computers can also share their Steam games

    September 11, 2013 – Steam Family Sharing, a new service feature that allows close friends and family members to share their libraries of Steam games, is coming to Steam, a leading platform for the delivery and management of PC, Mac, and Linux games and software. The feature will become available next week, in limited beta on Steam.

    Steam Family Sharing is designed for close friends and family members to play one another's games while each earning their own Steam achievements and storing their own saves and application data to the Steam cloud. It's all enabled by authorizing a shared computer.

    “Our customers have expressed a desire to share their digital games among friends and family members, just as current retail games, books, DVDs, and other physical media can be shared,” explained Anna Sweet of Valve. “Family Sharing was created in direct response to these user requests.”

    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.

    For more information about Steam Family Sharing and the beta program, please visit http://store.steampowered.com/sharing.
    This is fantastic. Thanks for being a proper competitor, Valve.

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    Valve you bunch of badasses!

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    Just to clarify: Some people have noted the odd wording, saying this is for a single PC. As in you tell your home PC to share your games with you family member (dad, siblings, whoever) is on their account on that computer. so your brother can play form your library while in his account and won't need to go through the hassle of logging out of his and into yours. However...

    How do I enable Family Sharing on my computer?
    Family Sharing is enabled in one of two ways: You can either locally enable sharing in Account Settings, with Family Sharing & Devices, or remotely respond to a user’s Steam request to share your previously installed games via email.

    Is there a limit to the number of devices I can authorize to share my Library?
    Yes. A Steam account may authorize Family Sharing on up to 10 devices at a given time
    So this is pretty neat. It's not super amazing but I can share my games library with my cousin. Shame the lender can't play a game on the library while at least one other plays a differently game from that library.

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    Ah, thanks for clearing it up. I was under the impression that someone on a different machine could play my library.

    Not what I was hoping for but good nevertheless.

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    Someone on a different machine can. Sorry if I wasn't clear, I was showing how some people read it as, but showing that wasn't the case. You definitely can share your library with family and friends across multiple computers. The only limitation is that only one person can use the library at a time (with the actual owner taking priority), but in a way I understand that. It'll be useful at times though.

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    This is an excellent start. I understand the concept with regards to wanting to share with family members. Friends? Maybe a little. It's definitely worth a try.

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    Im going to play the idiot and ask this:

    So my mother, on her laptop and her account, can play my games while Im on my desktop playing my games via my account?

    Some folks say its the same PC, while others say thats not right.. so confusing lol

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    So they limit access of the entire library rather than just the game, that's pretty half arsed. Better than nothing, but only just

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    Valve is always working on something that isnt Half-Life 3

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    There is a beta. Apply for it.

    IT is fairly restrictive though but things may change or improve. Who knows. ITs a step in the right direction.


    http://store.steampowered.com/sharing

    I want to try this! How can I join the Family Sharing Beta?

    To express interest in beta participation, join the Family Sharing Group on the Steam community. The Family Sharing beta will begin in mid-September, when a thousand Steam accounts from this group will be granted access to share their Steam libraries. You’ll know you’ve been selected when you receive an email from Steam inviting you to try out the new feature.

    How do I enable Family Sharing on my computer?


    Family Sharing is enabled in one of two ways: You can either locally enable sharing in Account Settings, with Family Sharing & Devices, or remotely respond to a user’s Steam request to share your previously installed games via email.

    Is there a limit to the number of devices I can authorize to share my Library?

    Yes. A Steam account may authorize Family Sharing on up to 10 devices at a given time.

    Can I share specific games, or do I have to share my whole library?

    Libraries are shared and borrowed in their entirety.



    Can all Steam games be shared with friends and family?

    No, due to technical limitations, some Steam games may be unavailable for sharing. For example, titles that require an additional third-party key, account, or subscription in order to play cannot be shared between accounts.

    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.


    When I authorize a device to lend my library to others, do I limit my own ability to access and play my games?

    As the lender, you may always access and play your games at any time. If you decide to start playing when a friend is already playing one of your games, he/she will be given a few minutes to either purchase the game or quit playing.

    Sometimes the games I’ve borrowed are unavailable for me to play. Why?

    Borrowed games are only available on devices that have been authorized by the lender. Borrowed games will be unavailable on even an authorized device when the lender’s library is currently in use on another computer.

    Who owns and can access the DLC and in-game content associated with a borrowed title?

    A borrower will have access to the lender’s DLC, but borrowers may not purchase DLC for a base game they don't own. Any player may purchase, trade, earn, or otherwise acquire in-game content while playing a game, but in-game items cannot be shared between accounts. These items remain the property of the account that purchased or acquired them, whether borrowing or lending the base game.

    Can region-restricted content be shared across regions?

    No, any region restrictions will remain in place when lending or borrowing content.

    Will I be punished for any cheating or fraud conducted by other users while playing my games?

    Your Family Sharing privileges may be revoked if your library is used by borrowers to conduct cheating or fraud. We recommend you only authorize familiar computers you know to be secure.
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    So, did I read this wrong? Only one person at a timeon any machine, can use the library...
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    Quote Originally Posted by F34R View Post
    So, did I read this wrong? Only one person on any machine, can use the library?
    Thats what it looks like when I read it too.

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    So, they are basically letting someone use it like signing into your account on a different pc. Kinda good... others can get achievements, etc., but it's very limited. I can understand why though.

    Hmm.. I might have to let someone "borrow" my library on their own account. I've rarely been using it.




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    Yet another thing PC has over other platforms. I'm not sure how this compares to what Microsoft is offering, but if the others have a properly similar feature, the gaming community will be looking up very much indeed.

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    I would like it to be the primary user can be playing at any time, and ONE friend/family can be playing at any time; but couldn't be playing the same game as a primary user.




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    Quote Originally Posted by F34R View Post
    I would like it to be the primary user can be playing at any time, and ONE friend/family can be playing at any time; but couldn't be playing the same game as a primary user.
    Agreed. Restricting the entire library rather than just the specific game makes this almost pointless

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyn View Post
    Agreed. Restricting the entire library rather than just the specific game makes this almost pointless
    It works the same as giving your friends your steam login details but with out the danger.
    I think during the beta it will evolve.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Foraeli View Post
    Yet another thing PC has over other platforms. I'm not sure how this compares to what Microsoft is offering, but if the others have a properly similar feature, the gaming community will be looking up very much indeed.
    You can share games (digital) now on PS3 and more than one person can play at a time so it's kind of less restrictive than this.
    It's funny that in this day in age people can steal as long as they have a reason too. Even if that reason is created by the thieves themselves.

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