Valve, one of the world’s largest game distributors, announced an addition to the Remote Play Together features of the company’s Steam gaming platform this week. It gives users the option to play games with others, even if the invited users don’t have the game in their library, which is pretty awesome. I am mooching off Valhalla from my friends.
However, the feature only works on selecting games up until now and requires that every participating user has Steam installed and a Steam account.
But the new update is even more amazing; it allows users who don’t have Steam installed or a Steam account to be invited. It has already been launched in the beta clients of Steam and enables Steam users to invite users who don’t use Steam to participate in the game.
The invite links have to be created by the Steam user (obviously) and then provided to others. The next step depends on whether Steam is installed on the device or not. If it is installed and if the user has an account, it is used to enable the Remote Play Together functionality.
However, in the case of users who do not have Steam or a Steam account, a prompt to install the Steam Link application will appear; this app will enable the Remote Play Together functionality.
Steam Link App is available for Windows, Raspberry Pi, Google Android, and Apple iOS.
Here is what you need to do to make use of the new feature:
- Currently, it is only available in Steam Beta; it will eventually be released in stable versions.
- To join the beta, select View > Settings > Account > Change under Beta Participation, and join the Beta program. A restart is required.
- Open your library.
- Select the filter icon at the top.
- Pick the “Remote Play Together” filter to list all games that support the feature.
- Start one of the games.
- Open your Friends list.
- An icon to copy the Remote Play Together link is provided at the top.
- Send that link to a friend.
For now, this feature only works on some titles and can only be used to invite only one non-steam user. it certainly will improve in the future.