XD Who let Christopher Walken in here?
Steam sharing, the best thing since, well, steam power in 1781.
Steam has unveiled their plans to allow users to share their libraries for free with friends and family. Bizarrely, some people were unhappy. Johnny lets off some steam finding out why.
XD Who let Christopher Walken in here?
Steam sharing, the best thing since, well, steam power in 1781.
just to point out the whole xbox one family sharing was only for 1 hour play lets get it right before praising that feature. and steam is only a digital games play ground and of course family sharing is a good idea. the whole point of the xbox one was it was a DRM system.
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Congratulations Johnny, there are so many fanboys spamming the GTA V Review chat right now that you are going to have enough material to keep Feedbackula alive for 3 more years.
Well.... I do like the idea of family share on Steam. BUT, it leaves out the ONE thing I really wish it let you do. To be able to play my copy of Rome 2 while my son plays Garry's mod, Day Z or whatever new thing he has jumped on every other week.
Without kicking off the other user that is logged on though, I see how it could be abused. Maybe they can get it to where any PC's that are on the same in home network will be able to play 2-3 different games at the same time. I would love to have ALL my games on the same account and not have to worry if someone else wants to play a game that has NOTHING to do with the one I am playing.
But damn, 10 different ppl could be trying to play one of your games at the same time? That will cause ppl to buy a copy of whatever game just so they don't have to wait .
How Feedbackula can ignore the most raging debate about a stoopid poll in GS history with over 30k of comments and nonsense. And GS start this
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What are you doing talking about STEAM?
What kind of feedback is this?
Nobody was looking for that!
This is just a safer way for people on Steam to share their games without giving out their password. Since Steam lets you register an infinite amount of computers (to or just a really bucking high amount of them!) this is just a way to avoid getting your account banned from one of those people if they get caught cheating or doing something wrong on your account.
And much improved over Microsoft's original family 'share' plan, I'll tell you what. For one if someone commits any exploits or cheats or something somehow to get you banned, only your Family Share option gets revoked, and you don't lose your games or account. Steam allows players access to ALL the content, INCLUDING DLC, that you own.
Microsoft by comparison, only allowed you 1-2 hours of play time, or until you reached a certain % of completion in the game, whichever came first. And you were NOT allowed to have access to certain content the publishers didn't want you to access, and no DLC content. Worst, is that if anyone on your account from the list of friends or family that played your games did anything offensive enough to get them banned, Microsoft made you agree to this in its contract btw, that all your registered installed games that YOU BOUGHT would NO LONGER BE YOURS as they were tied to that one account, meaning if you owned 20 games, you now own ZERO.
Steam: Share with friends and family when you aren't playing a game to enjoy YOUR ENTIRE GAMES LIBRARY AND DLC, with NO risk on your own to losing your games on your account.
Microsoft: Share games for limited amount of time, no access to that game's dlc and certain other content, and you risk losing your entire account that Microsoft would deem fair and justified to strip you of all your hardearned and bought games if anyone on your Family Share to ban them.
The complaints I heard, which were on other sites (surprise), mention this being the death knell for single player games on PC since you can just loan your Steam account for others to play a brand new game's SP content.
The difference between Microsoft doing this and Valve doing this is platform and support from game developers. Most of use have been able to carry our steam accounts/games across a standardized platform and continue to play games that we purchased over a decade ago. Valve does not guarantee the compatibility support from them or developers but it is much more justified for the resources to be used by [Valve] and game developers with the knowledge that the PC (platforms alike) cannot drastically change to the point where users would not be able to run the software all together.
Every game console has a shelf life, additionally a limit to the amount of time it will be warranted and supported. Things like backwards compatibility become an issue and the given lack of compatibility with other consoles. The reliance people have on a centralized standard platform like this gives you the comfort of knowing, that a simple upgrade can be performed in 5-10 years that will enable you to still play these games and share them.
Support from developers and an larger unified community allow PC games (especially on steam) to continue to be modified and updated as well.
Maybe I am incorrect and other users do not see things this way. But if Microsoft and other console manufacturers could guarantee this generation will become a universal standard at some point, where concerns about broken unsupported consoles and backwards compatibility are a thing of the past then the need to trade in or sell games would be minimal.
The only reason I trade in games is because I believe by the time I want to play a game again my console will be broken/outdated or not supported. On PC there is a lot less fear of this because the platform is so unified.
Unlike the MS policy that listed ten ways they were going to rob you and then threw in an incredibly limited friends and family policy as a distraction, this is a pretty solid win.
For all you complaining that you can't play your friend's games at the same time (s)he does, just go into Offline mode and you can play just fine (assuming you're not playing a multiplayer game). Quit your bitching over something you're getting for free.
Yes so EPIC end show joke is back, that was pretty bad though, hilarious but bad "Steam I barely know her..." epic goodness of the funny =)
@bezza2011 errr... Steam is a DRM system...
I saw that. I hope it was a joke. They flashed it pretty quick
@Flat_Line_____ if its single player, start in offline mode
@Wensea10 I don't know how you do it, but I literally see you post on every single article, or video I read or watch here on GS. o_O
@telaros well i don't know if you relise this but game with DRM (other then steam) you can't share them
or game with subscription. now i would imagine that for game with keys you would just have to put the key in but i don't know, and even if you can't it is still a small price.
@Falzan DOTA sucks!
@Aphyosemion Yeah if microsoft kept the Family share plans and just tossed their absurd check ins I would have been happy but they took that out too when they got rid of all the DRMs probably because without the restrictions it would be easier for people to share the libraries and not purchase more stuff in effect possibly losing them money
@DisturbedFan789 I read it as Cancelled. D=
@DisturbedFan789 Let it go. If they haven't said a word by now, they aren't going to. Find other games to play and enjoy.
Half-life is a dead franchise.
@dragon_masterex if you read carefully, you'll find that microsoft wanted to basically share demos of games your "list" owned. for instance, your friend owns fifa 14. as a person on their special "friends and family list", you can play fifa 14 for one hour. after that, you'll be locked from fifa 14. it's really not that great a feature.
@dragon_masterex You don't say?...
@mrsqwid @telaros Games that require you to SIGN IN. Like Windows Live based games, that run on services like that, such as Batman AC and Street Fight 4, yes, I'm fully aware you can't play those sorts of games.
And goes without saying that any pay to play MMO isn't really supported, understandably since it's just a games distributions system.
Games that are registered to your Steam account, do NOT require being re-registered. So if you registered your GTA games, Steam will remember that and handle it for you. I know this because I've had to install on different PCs and Laptops already.
It's a great system where for the most part most games can be enjoyed unless it directly forces you to sign into an account beyond Steam.
You can find me on the Steam faqs page for that Family Share plan in pages 2 and 3. It's an alternative to things we've been doing for years anyways.
"because without the restrictions it would be easier for people to share the libraries and not purchase more stuff in effect possibly losing them money"
Which seems crazy since Valve make much less than MS, and they are doing it.
@Sniper_Wolf25 @dragon_masterex 100% wrong. You are spreading PS4 stupid speak. The original plan there was not a time limitation, nor was there this limitation imposed by Steam by forcing the game library to one person at a time (booting at a friend if the owner wants to play any of their games). On the other hand, Xbox One was to limit the game not the library. So, Microsoft would boot you only a friend if the owner wanted to play the same game. Otherwise, a friend under Microsoft Xbox One would be able to play all the other games not being used even with the owner playing a game too.
@telaros ok it just sounded like you didn't know.