Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/183678/htg-explains-what-steam-family-sharing-is-and-how-to-enable-it/
After months in beta, Valve has finally released Steam Family Sharing for everyone. Read on as we show you how to share your game library with friends and family (and highlight some of the limitations of the system in the process).
It’s really silly that dad can’t play Skyrim in the den while junior plays Portal on his laptop.
Yeah. That is silly. The number one use I can think of for this would be to let my kid play "kid" games while I play grown up games on another computer.
Right behind that, my second biggest use would be to get 2 licenses for a game I already own and let a friend use it for a LAN party.
One of my biggest gripes about Steam is they way they handle bundles: if you buy a bundle that includes a game you already own, you cannot redeem a second copy of that game. For example, I wanted to buy the Ticket To Ride bundle, but I already own the game. So I'm basically throwing away $10 if I buy the bundle. I
If Family Sharing allowed me to own two copies of a game, I could share with my kid or friends a lot more easily. As it is, this isn't all that useful except to allow friends to "test drive" a game.
So can my kids use their steam accounts on their own computer and play the games from my library or do I need to still let them have access to my computer?
That was all in the article. Your kids sign in to their Steam accounts and access games on your account. If the kids are accessing your account, you cannot use it until they're done (or you kick them off.)
I think this whole idea is more of a time waster than providing a service a lot of 'steamers' will use. Anything less than 25% of 'steamers' using this option = a big waste of time for Steam to let us do this imho!
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