Steam is the ideal platform for PC games, with an incredibly large selection of AAA and indie games along with a social element that allows friends to join your favorite games.
However, Steam does not allow multiple users to access the same account at the same time, which makes sharing games a rather difficult process. However, don't be discouraged, as Steam Family Sharing should help alleviate some of these problems and allow you to share your game library with friends, family and friends.
Here we explain the pros and cons of Steam Family Sharing, and how to share games on Steam using the functionality.
Share Steam: Advantages and Disadvantages
So what exactly Steam Family Sharing, and what does it allow you to do? In its simplest form, Steam Family Sharing was developed so that family members – two boys or girls, for example – could play games purchased on the platform without having to pay twice for the game.
This is quite practical, especially when some of Steam's high-end games can cost more than 50 euros each.
Although the name suggests that functionality is limited to family members, those and those who want to share their game library with friends are free to do so. In fact, you can share your game library with up to 10 different users.
Although there is a trick, both for friends and family who want to play their games.
Your shared library can only be accessed by one user at a time. This means that you cannot have two people playing in the same library at the same time, and users who want to play a game. on-line together they will have to buy several copies of the game.
Not ideal for games on-line, but you can save some money on games more focused on individual stories that are not multiplayer.
But what if one person is playing and another connects? If you are the owner of the game in question, other users have five minutes to save and leave the game before being ejected from it.
Owners always have priority, of course. It is not the same the other way around, since the users cannot throw the owner if they are already playing the game.
How to share Steam games using Family Sharing
If the fact that only one person can play Steam games at a time is not enough to discourage Steam Family Sharing, here's how to set it up.
The first step is to activate Steam Guard, Steam's integrated security feature, if you have not done so yet. If you already have Steam Guard enabled, skip to the next paragraph.
If not, open Steam and go to Steam> Settings> Account. From here, select Manage Steam Guard Account Security and the function must be activated.
Once Steam Guard is activated, it is time to configure Share on Steam. Simply click on the Steam menu> Settings and select the Family tab. From here, you should be able to see a list of all Steam accounts that have been connected using your PC.
If the Steam user you want to share with is not part of this list, ask him to log in and close the session on his PC; Then appear on the list.
Then, simply check the box next to the user or users that you want to allow access to your library and click OK. Users in question should be able to access your library when they play on your PC, but what if they want to play on a different computer?
In order for users to access your games from their own computers, you must first authorize the device in question. It is a simple process, but it requires that you log in to the equipment in question. Once you have logged into Steam, simply go to Steam> Settings> Family and click on Authorize this device.
And that's it! Authorized family, friends and friends should be able to access your Steam games library. Just remember that only one person can use it at any given time before you offer it to your team.