Steam Family Library Sharing Now Available to Share Games

Valve Software announced on Friday that Steam Family Library Sharing is now available to all Steam members. Gamers who share computers can now share their available libraries with one another as well. Both players earn their own achievements, and save their own progress thanks to the Steam Cloud. The service is absolutely free.

“See a family member's installed game that you want to play? Send them a request to authorize you. Once authorized, their library of Steam games becomes available for you to access, download and play,” reads the promo page.

To enable Family Library Sharing, first users need to make sure Steam Guard security is enabled. Customers then enable the sharing feature via Settings > Family, (or in Big Picture mode, Settings > Family Library Sharing,) where users will also authorize specific computers and users to share.

“You may authorize Family Library Sharing on up to 10 devices at a given time, and for up to 5 accounts that may then use your game library on any of your authorized computers,” states the FAQ. Users also must be online to access and play games that are shared.

According to the FAQ, libraries are shared and borrowed in their entirety: you can’t share just one or two games. Unfortunately, not all games can be shared to friends and family 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,” states the FAQ.

For more information, everything you need to know about this sharing feature can be found right here.

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  • tobalaz
    About flipping time.There's no reason I shouldn't be able to play a game on my laptop while my nephew is playing one on my desktop or vice versa.This is long overdue.
  • Benthon
    I find this feature to be absolutely awesome! My girlfriend's steam library is pretty lackluster (like 10 games?) and mine has a couple hundred. Now she can enjoy The Walking Dead or Skyrim without me having to be off of Steam. Yay!
  • DarkSable
    ...well screw the pooch.I find this just after spending $140 buying the best multiplayer games to put onto a separate steam account to play on softxpand when I have friends over.