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Shared Game Libraries Coming to Steam? –

It certainly is an interesting couple of weeks for used games. With a recent Steam beta update this little bundle of strings popped up; how curious.

Shared Game Libraries Coming to Steam?

Of course, this doesn’t actually confirm anything as all sorts of insane strings manage to pop up in Steam beta updates, from PC ports of Halo 3 to other equally silly things. I certainly wouldn’t put it past Valve to have planted these here to cause a ruckus. They’ve done very similar things like that in the past to mess with people that like to look through the files. But what if it is real?

“SteamUI_JoinDialog_SharedLicense_Title” “Shared game library”

Looks possibly like you could have a separate library, maybe something like a favorites list that’s shared with specific people, or maybe even a group of people?

“SteamUI_JoinDialog_SharedLicenseLocked_OwnerT ext” “Just so you know, your games are currently in use by %borrower%. Playing now will send %borrower% a notice that it’s time to quit.”

This one pretty clearly shows that two people wouldn’t be able to play the same copy of the same game, allowing you to knock the borrower out of your game and play it whenever you want.

“SteamUI_JoinDialog_SharedLicenseLocked_BorrowerTe xt” “This shared game is currently unavailable. Please try again later or buy this game for your own library.”

Probably an error message that would be sent to a borrower if something went wrong with trying to play a borrowed game, be it either the actual owner is playing or some other Steam-related mishap.

Boy howdy! I remember there being some hubbub about trading in Steam games a few months back and Valve being pretty set on that not happening. And, of course, with all the Xbox One hate at E3 surrounding Microsoft’s used games policy, maybe Valve is pulling some hardcore stops to get people excited about Steam some more? I know this has certainly grabbed my attention and I’m super psyched to see what’s going to come of it.

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