Remember when everyone laughed at the Xbox One for giving people the ability to share games between friends and family? Well, Valve is doing the exact same thing.
Earlier today, Valve announced that its Family Sharing program - which does exactly what its name implies - enters into beta testing today.
Keep in mind, there are limits: for example, if a game is being shared and the owner wants to play, the secondary user is booted out after a few minutes of play. Right now, the service is also limited to 10 separate devices, and any external services (such as EA’s Origin) aren’t eligible for the program. The good news is that not only the games are unlocked for play, but any downloadable content is available as well, meaning that players aren’t sacrificing anything if they decide to share a game.
It’s a surprisingly open system for one that’s just entering beta, but Steam’s Family Sharing could be a huge hit - instead of forcing developers to spend time and resources creating a demo, one friend can share it with another. It’s a great way for games to get good word-of-mouth exposure, and could be a huge boost to the independent game scene.
Interested? The beta registration for Family Sharing is right here.