Valve wants to help us all play more video games together. For this purpose, Steam introduces a new feature called Remote Play Together. The feature turns every local co-op and multiplayer game on Steam into an online game.
The Remote Play Together feature was announced by Valve employee Alden Kroll on Twitter. So he explains the function:
Today, our team has announced another great new platform feature that will be integrated into Steam: Remote Play Together. In this way, friends can play local co-op games together over the Internet as if they were in the same room together. https://t.co/jEZyGoXEfcOctober 10, 2019
Essentially, Remote Play Together turns a player into an online host, with the game running locally on their PC. Whichever game they play, it is then transferred online to other players. Inputs from these players are sent back to the host and registered in the game as if the players were right there and playing along.
The new feature is not quite here yet. According to our sister site PC Gamer, it will be available later this month as a beta version. An announcement stated, "All local multiplayer, local co-op, and split-screen games will automatically be added to the Remote Play Together beta we plan to launch in the week of October 21st."
Another step for streaming games
This does not seem like the biggest news as many of the best multiplayer PC games already offer online multiplayer games, but it's a positive step for streaming games and a nice touch from Valve. This feature could be especially useful if Steam allows players to play the same game online if only one player has the game, as would be the case in local multiplayer mode.
Remote Play Together is also another way to demonstrate the potential for streaming games. Not only can players connect over long distances, but probably only one player needs a game computer. As we learned in the beta of Google Stadia, when we played Assassin's Creed Odyssey on a year-long Intel Celeron-based Chromebook, only modest hardware is needed to support streaming games.
With this update, it seems like it's only a matter of time before streaming games gets into just about every corner of the game.
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