Valve released the beta test for the Steam Remote Play Together feature that lets users join local co-op, local multiplayer, and split-screen games online. The beta features allow for up to four players or more depending on the game to play together remotely.
The best part of this new feature is the fact that only the host needs to own and install the game. Installation of the Steam Play Together beta is simple and just requires that you sign up for the Steam Beta version through the client’s settings.
- With Steam running, click on “Steam” in the upper left, then choose the “Settings” menu. (Preferences on Mac)
- On the “Account” tab under “Beta Participation” click the “Change…” button.
- Select the “Beta Update” from the drop down list and click “OK”.
- You will be prompted to restart the client, please select the “Restart Steam” button.
More information can be found here
Once installed, all you need to do is launch a local multiplayer game, invite friends from your Friend List in the Steam Overlay, select “Remote Play Together” and you will be able to play the game together. Keep in mind that your friends also need to have the beta installed in order to join in.
Users will also be able to stream video, audio, input and voice between other players currently in your Remote Play Together lobby and it works across PC, Mac, and Linux. Basically, cross-play for PC.
Games are limited at launch and include Gears 5, Rocket League, Divinity Original Sins 2, Overcooked 2, NBA 2K20, The Jackbox Party Pack 6 and much more. You can check out the full list of Steam Remote Play Together games here.
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