Valve has today launched their new Steam Family Sharing feature to their gaming network in a beta development release. Allowing close friends and family members to play one another’s games while earning their own Steam achievements and saving their own game progress to the Steam cloud.
The new Steam Family Sharing feature has been under development for some time but is now pre-paring to be made available to a limited number of Steam users to test and put through its paces. Valve explains:
“To express interest in beta participation, join the Family Sharing Group on the Steam community. The Family Sharing beta will begin in mid-September, when a thousand Steam accounts from this group will be granted access to share their Steam libraries. You’ll know you’ve been selected when you receive an email from Steam inviting you to try out the new feature.”
Once invited you can enable Steam Family Sharing in one of two ways : 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.
For more information on the new Steam Family Sharing jump over to the Valve website for details.