Valve Steals PlayStation 4's Best Idea
It seems Steam is getting a new feature this month. Steam Remote Play Together will allow friends to play games in local multiplayer through the power of streaming.
The idea is pretty simple. One play will start a game and others can see their game running through streaming. However, those players can then play the game through the first player's computer. While they'd technically be playing online, the game would consider it to be local multiplayer. In addition to this, developers don't actually need to do anything. All games that have local multiplayer will get this feature automatically, as everything will be done by Valve themselves.
While this feature hasn't been officially announced by Valve, a couple developers have gotten to share the news. Nathan Darko, who worked on Guard Duty, shared the e-mail he got from Valve about it, while Hidden in Plain Sight developer Adam Spragg took to Twitter to talk about how great it was and how it will likely be used for his game.
If this sounds like you may have heard the idea before, it's because you likely have. Steam Remote Play Together works nearly the exact same as PlayStation 4's popular Share Play feature. This mode, which was launched back in 2014, allowed players to fake local multiplayer through streaming and remote play. Considering it offered up something unique and allowed local multiplayer games more options, it makes sense that Valve would want to follow it.
Steam Remote Play Together will be entering beta on "the week of October 21st." There's no current time frame for its full launch.
How do you feel about Steam Remote Play Together? Do you have any local games that you're excited to play with friends overseas? Does this make you realize you don't actually have any friends and you need to get a few? Let us know in the comments below!