GameSpot Breaking News - Steam Family Sharing
Join Chris and Kevin as they discuss Valve's newly announced family sharing plan for Steam.
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Good report. Very nicely done. Comprehensive and informative. I'm sure we will learn more about what you can and cannot do/share as this moves forward.
And Valve show the competition how to please its customers once again. Other companies really need to stand up and take note *cough* EA *cough* , make your customers happy and they will spend more, piss them off and they wont buy your stuff.
So let's say I'm sharing my account with 2 people. Can they both access it at once? Or is it just person borrowing at a time?
@RT-XD only one person can be logged in at a time.
haha good, now PC gamers can share their library of 358 $2.99 games that they don't play with other PC gamers who won't play them.
@DukeMagnum I am a pc gamer and my library consists of over 375 games and I have played all, and I mean all of them. Only a rich person or someone who has money to waste do not play all of the game.
@pidow @DukeMagnum Pretty sure he means you don't play them ANYMORE. I've got a bunch of old PS1 games lying around that I loved, but now I don't play them anymore. I could share them, but most people aren't gonna care to play them.
I don't think that applies here, since it includes all your NEW games as well, but sometimes even trolls need translation :)
Way to completely miss the point GS
You can only share preinstalled games, as in if you want to share your games with someone that uses a PC you don't use, they'll still need to log into your account to install the games and activate sharing.
It's not that different to just basic account sharing
@barrybarryk Wow, really? Thanks for clearly that up. I was thinking that it was more of a sophisticated username/password sharing system. But with the preinstall limitation it's pretty worthless to me.
@Keivz_basic "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."
I'm afraid so, that's how it reads to me, the "previously installed" is right in the FAQ
@barrybarryk Are you sure?"Want to play this game?
See a family member's installed game that you want to play? Send them a request to authorize the computer. Once authorized, the lender's library of Steam games become available for others on the machine to access, DOWNLOAD and play."
I think it only means "you the owner" have to install the game first to make it legible for sharing.
@garysingh34 That's a good question. Although I don't think sharing will hurt sales that much. You share your entire library, so you can only play a game if the person sharing isn't playing. This'll probably leave a small window to actually play someone else's games, unless friends live very far apart. I think people will try out certain games they otherwise wouldn't have bought anyway and if they really like them they'll probably buy them, because they want control over when they play... But maybe I'm being too optimistic.
@blast880 Actually get your facts together before run here defend MS.
@ivanmallia Ever heard about GOG.com and CD Projekt?
I was pretty sure I knew how this all worked until I saw this video and these guys kept talking about '10 devices'. Now I don't get it at all
@xxYetterxx You can share your library with 10 other devices. What's there not to understand?
If it's by device and not by account, what if I share with 9 friends and myself and my computer breaks and need to replace it. Will I be locked out of my own steam library of games?
@jaifrecap If you're the owner of the account you can login wherever you want. You don't lock your account to a device, just the shared library.
@Eraldus @tu2pac @ChiefFreeman Yeah, because Kevin counts ChiefFreeman among his closest and most trusted friends, so his broaching the subject here in this deeply personal setting is likely to set him right.
@ChiefFreeman Is that what you've come to Gamespot to do? Sound like an asshole and police the diets of others? Go to a men's health forum and do it there. Kevin is a handsome sunnuva, and you can't handle it.
@ChiefFreeman That's really rude to make comments like that. It's none of our business and certainly has no place here.
Take a look at Kevin from two years ago. He lost 90 lbs in a year and looked amazing. He's probably gained back at least 50 lbs of it. And check his blog about it, dated from about July 2011. He said "he was never going back" to his old weight. Obviously, he didn't keep that promise.
@ChiefFreemanI doubt Kevin appreciates your scrutiny. I think he looks amazing. Not everyone likes thin people.
@ChiefFreeman Seriously is there any need? Internet is full of pricks.
Don't be a jerk.
@JBStone1981 So what? He didn't mean to be a jerk with that statement... I would consider it as a jer if he said "OMG YOU'RE A FATASS GO LOSE SOME WEIGTH, YOU FAT PIG!"
It's so close and yet so far. Ultimately if I say to a friend "hey try out this game" and I have to paralyse my system to let them play a game, then likely I will not be using the system very much.
@travo0159 No, he's Italian