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Drunken Savior
06-19-2013, 01:33 AM
Steam Might Soon Let You Share Your Games With Your Friends
LUKE PLUNKETT
52 minutes ago

You can lend your friends a console disc. You can not lend them a game you buy on Steam. Or at least, you haven't been able to previously. That might soon be about to change.

Some code buried in the latest Steam client beta (pictured above), first spotted by NeoGAF poster Grief.exe but which I can also see in my directory, has revealed the presence of something called a "shared game library". Here are the relevant parts:

"SteamUI_JoinDialog_SharedLicense_Title" "Shared game library"
"SteamUI_JoinDialog_SharedLicenseLocked_OwnerText" "Just so you know, your games are currently in use by %borrower%. Playing now will send %borrower% a notice that it's time to quit."
"SteamUI_JoinDialog_SharedLicenseLocked_BorrowerTex t" "This shared game is currently unavailable. Please try again later or buy this game for your own library."

For three lines of code, that seems to present a pretty clear plan: you can let other Steam users "borrow" your games, then take them back whenever it suits.

As it stands, right now once you buy a Steam game that's it. It's yours, tied to your account, and you can't trade it in, sell it or lend it like you could a physical console game.

Letting PC gamers share their games, then, would be amazing, though how Valve is selling this to publishers I have no idea. Maybe every single full game can now be its own demo as well? Maybe Microsoft's ten-person "family sharing" plan for the Xbox One, which sounds a lot like this, is helping soften the blow for this kind of stuff?

Or maybe it'll just be an option for publishers that almost nobody chooses to make use of. Or something the company is looking at/thinking about, but may never actually implement. Sorry to end this on a downer, but hey, that's business for you.

We've contacted Valve for comment, and will update if we hear back.

Would be awesome! I don't mind if the Xbox One pioneers some extra features on Steam. :P

Also, my friends and family will be able to widdle down this backlog. 125 games and I've probably only put 5+ hours into about half of them!

AmishNazi
06-19-2013, 02:55 AM
So awesome... this generation should pretty awesome for the PC gamers. Everything is x86 and DirectX based, so we shouldn't be as left at in the cold when it comes to genres that don't always get ports.

Are you the new Alucard, DS?

spider-prime
06-19-2013, 03:25 AM
I want this to happen!

This would be awesome to share games for a while with each other.

Drunken Savior
06-19-2013, 03:47 AM
Are you the new Alucard, DS?

I hope you are referring to the defacto regularly posting PC gamer on the forums!

Reality
06-19-2013, 01:58 PM
I just go to read about this. It be really cool if it could happen. Be a real step in the right direction for everyone.

spider-prime
06-19-2013, 04:22 PM
I have a ton of games I would let you guys share that I have.

A lot of them have all the DLC too.

AmishNazi
06-19-2013, 06:37 PM
I hope you are referring to the defacto regularly posting PC gamer on the forums!

Of course haha

Ernst
06-19-2013, 08:28 PM
This is great news, however, we should expect to see more of these types of digital marketplaces opening up on the heels of the EC ruling.