Steam Is Adding Online Play to All Local Multiplayer Games

Steam Remote Play Together

Valve wants to help us all play more video games together, and to that end, it's introducing a new feature in Steam called Remote Play Together.

Hidden in Plain Sight's developer received the following email from Valve, detailing this feature.

Perhaps the biggest boon to players is the fact that, like a traditional local couch gaming experience, the feature means you can enjoy a friend's game even if you don't own it yourself.

Some PC games include a local multiplayer option for groups of people who want to play together in the same location. Whatever game they are playing will then stream to other players online.

"This feature is created to add value to multiplayer games which do not already have native online capabilities", reads the email. Valve's Alden Kroll described it as such on Twitter: "This will allow friends to play local co-op games together over the internet as though they were in the same room together".

Steam now lists 927 games under the "Local Multiplayer" tag, 373 of those class as 4-player local, 327 are local co-op, and 257 as just co-op. On its Steamworks developer site, the company said it will beta test a new feature that allows "two or more players to enjoy local multiplayer games over the Internet, together". The host player handles all the processing, while their friends hook in with their connection, controllers, and microphone.

The feature is said to be rolling out on October 21 in Steam's next beta update.

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