X1 Axed Family Sharing; Steam Announces Family Sharing

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Frequently Asked Questions
I want to try this! How can I join the Family Sharing Beta?

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.
How do I enable Family Sharing on my computer?

Family Sharing is enabled 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.
Is there a limit to the number of devices I can authorize to share my Library?

Yes. A Steam account may authorize Family Sharing on up to 10 devices at a given time.
Can I share specific games, or do I have to share my whole library?

Libraries are shared and borrowed in their entirety.
Can all Steam games be shared with friends and family?

No, due to technical limitations, some Steam games may be unavailable for sharing. For example, titles that require an additional third-party key, account, or subscription in order to play cannot be shared between accounts.
Can a friend and I share a library and both play at the same time?

No, a shared library may only be accessed by one user at a time.
When I authorize a device to lend my library to others, do I limit my own ability to access and play my games?

As the lender, you may always access and play your games at any time. If you decide to start playing when a friend is already playing one of your games, he/she will be given a few minutes to either purchase the game or quit playing.
Sometimes the games I’ve borrowed are unavailable for me to play. Why?

Borrowed games are only available on devices that have been authorized by the lender. Borrowed games will be unavailable on even an authorized device when the lender’s library is currently in use on another computer.
Who owns and can access the DLC and in-game content associated with a borrowed title?

A borrower will have access to the lender’s DLC, but borrowers may not purchase DLC for a base game they don't own. Any player may purchase, trade, earn, or otherwise acquire in-game content while playing a game, but in-game items cannot be shared between accounts. These items remain the property of the account that purchased or acquired them, whether borrowing or lending the base game.
Can region-restricted content be shared across regions?

No, any region restrictions will remain in place when lending or borrowing content.
Will I be punished for any cheating or fraud conducted by other users while playing my games?

Your Family Sharing privileges may be revoked if your library is used by borrowers to conduct cheating or fraud. We recommend you only authorize familiar computers you know to be secure.
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AdultInTheRoom

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PC boys will have a meltdown over this. How exactly are they supposed to take those games to a friends house that doesnt have internet??????????????????????????????????????
 

SevenDead1ySinz

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Not that this is surprising, there was talk of this a couple months back. Spencer or Whitten also said in an interview they were planning on bringing some of the digital features back in the future to the X1, like family sharing..so hopefully that happens.
 

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Yeah, hopefully it returns. But I can't help but feel skeptical about it, really struggle to think it will live up to people's expectations.

Would love to be proved wrong though.
 

Rover

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Nevermind I misread. This is a great feature! Though that 10 share max will probably be a pain to co-ordinate since only one person can play games at a time.
 
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oo Yungstar oo

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nice idea, but not well implemented on STEAM, perhaps they will change it during the beta and hopefully MS can get back on track with the original Xbox implementation sooner, rather than later.
 

Raiders87

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Id much rather have something like this on a XB ONE, but it could be handy on Steam.
 

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nice idea, but not well implemented on STEAM, perhaps they will change it during the beta and hopefully MS can get back on track with the original Xbox implementation sooner, rather than later.
I'd reckon its implemented like this on Steam purposely. The digital sharing plan that MS had planned was much broader in terms of user access, sharing/playing, much to "consumer friendly", this version seems more "publisher friendly". I bet the reason that it was axed on the XBone was due to developer/publisher demand and not consumer backlash, though MS played up the consumer sentiment aspect for PR reasons...
 

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I'd reckon its implemented like this on Steam purposely. The digital sharing plan that MS had planned was much broader in terms of user access, sharing/playing, much to "consumer friendly", this version seems more "publisher friendly". I bet the reason that it was axed on the XBone was due to developer/publisher demand and not consumer backlash, though MS played up the consumer sentiment aspect for PR reasons...
You have absolutely no reason to think that other than just wanting to think it. If you have evidence supply the link, and I mean EVIDENCE, not just other people saying the same thing.
 

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Bring it back please... I want everything back they first announced.. I'm crazy right?
 
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BDaddyK

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You have absolutely no reason to think that other than just wanting to think it. If you have evidence supply the link, and I mean EVIDENCE, not just other people saying the same thing.
Sure I have reason to think that, otherwise I wouldn't have posted it, never said it was fact. You could have been so kind as to provide a link stating why I have absolutely no reason to think what I think...
 

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ok im still missing the point here. This announcement is for steam and not X1?
If so please move this.