Neoseeker : News : Steam Family Sharing let's players share between 10 devices, simultaneous use disallowed
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Northern49 Sep 11, 13
It should be understood that there are several key differences between Steam and the Xbox. Steam is entirely digital. If you weren't okay with digital purchases, and digital sharing, you wouldn't be using it. Hence, Steam users have no problems with features such as these. Hence no controversy.

There's also the matter that Valve is a trusted brand, like Google. Microsoft is not.
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Slash Sep 11, 13
So it's like the PS3's digital game sharing with more than 5 people?
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DedValve Sep 11, 13
northern49 your also missing the fact that steam family sharing isn't a glorified 60 minute demo that was alluded to in the Xbox family sharing several times.

Hooray pro-consumerism! slash I think the difference is that other then the games they mentioned, the publisher can't restrict games being shared.
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harbin Sep 11, 13
Sounds useful. Wonders how it would work though with user privileges. I hope they've put proper safeguards in place so it's like guest access, so no purchases or major account changes could be made, though I'm sure they've already taken that into account.

TBH I'm not sure what the problem would be from publishers. It's just like sharing a game between family members anyway. Any P3 games my brother owns, I can play and vice-versa. It's not like the whole world could just log on as one user and play the game.
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Huntereb Sep 11, 13
One step closer to the "Steam Box"...
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Northern49 Sep 11, 13
Harbin, maybe I'm wrong here, but from what I understand, from the people that have designated you as "Family", their games appear in your library, as if they are yours. No login or account information required. The difference being, those new games in your library won't work if the owner is using his/her account. But any time they are not using their account, their games are open to be used by anyone in their family.
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Petzrule Sep 11, 13
So, am I understanding this fully? I can give 10 of my friends access to my games, so that they can use my game library on their own accounts?
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Shadow of Death Sep 11, 13
This might be useful. The only penalties you can get for lending, is if the person you lent to committed an offense with one of your library games, you could get your lending privileges revoked.

quote petzrule
So, am I understanding this fully? I can give 10 of my friends access to my games, so that they can use my game library on their own accounts?
Only when you're not playing any games. And I think it's limited to one player at a time. It's not really meant so your friends can have 'free games', but that's just a nice bonus.
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Northern49 Sep 11, 13
I think it would be in all of our best interests to immediately find 10 Steam friends that have a varying array of games they buy, to benefit the whole.
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Lorx Sep 11, 13
Interesting. I don't really plan to share really (mine all mine?), but cool feature at least.
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DiamondMaster11 Sep 11, 13
I was against this until seeing that only one person could access the game at a time. Not sure why I didn't think of that in the first place, but that makes me think this is a good idea. Not a fan of developers not having control over it, personally, but I'll live.

Also, the fact that the actual owner takes priority is awesome, and makes this way better than without that.
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AkaiEdge Sep 11, 13
"It's worth noting that this seems to be the exact plan that Microsoft originally detailed for the Xbox One before they reversed the decision."

Actually, MS planned on giving timed demos of the full game to those you 'shared' with, then having them buy the game at full price.

http://www.neowin.net/news/rumor-xbox-one-family-sharing-was-limited-to-60-minutes
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Redemption Sep 11, 13
I wonder what happens if a shared "Family" member is playing a game when the owner logs into a game, probably most older games won't be able to cut off the Family member?
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bluexy Sep 11, 13
quote Redemption
I wonder what happens if a shared "Family" member is playing a game when the owner logs into a game, probably most older games won't be able to cut off the Family member?
According to Valve the family member will get a message telling them to log off and a few minute buffer.
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