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Steam introduces sharing plan for game libraries, with support for up to 10 “shared” systems

Steam introduces sharing plan for game libraries, with support for up to 10 “shared” systems

Valve announced today that Steam will soon feature a system called Family Sharing, which will allow Steam users to authorize their game library for use on another computer by another user. The new feature is now approaching Beta.

Users will be able to authorize their game library with up to 10 computers, and will be able to freely share their entire library, except for subscription games, with anyone on that list.

Only one user is able to use the library at a time, and the original owner always has priority. When the original owner logs on, the user who is sharing that library is given a few minutes to log out of the shared game or purchase it before it is shut down.

Valve has also published a FAQ detailing many of the issues and concerns that could arise over the sharing plan, such as what happens when a secondary user is caught cheating in your game, how DLC is handled, and how region locking will be treated.

The announcement likely won't come close to satisfying users who believe they should have the right of first-sale, but it is a Band-aid on a largely ignored wound. 

The Steam plan shares a resemblance to Microsoft's nixed Xbox One family sharing plan, which also would have allowed users to share their games with up to ten others.