Steam to launch new multi-person gaming feature
Any local multiplayer game will work online when the update is activated
Steam is about to roll out a new feature to its video game platform that could prove to be extremely enticing for a lot of gamers. In a news update sent to developers, but apparently not meant for general release, Steam announced that the new feature will turn any “local multiplayer” video game into an online game without any additional cost. If the rumor is true, the update could be available as soon as October 21.
According to the Steam announcement, “Your local multiplayer games will soon be improved with automatic support for Remote Play Together on Steam. Remote Play Together is a new Steam feature that enables two or more players to enjoy local multiplayer games over the internet, together. We think this feature will be very valuable for customers and developers and are excited about the beta. We’ve provided an FAQ at the bottom of this message which we think addresses most questions and concerns.”
Once it’s live, players will be able to pull up the Steam Overlay while playing a Steam game that has any form of local multiplayer support. From there, they can load their friends list and then send a Remote Play Together invitation to anyone on the list. According to Valve, which owns Steam, “It’s just like handing a second controller to a friend.”
It should be pointed out that the game host’s computer will be in charge of rendering the game, as well as covering the streaming and commands submitted by other players. This means that the host should have a fast computer and a broadband connection for it to work properly.