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Steam Family Sharing vs. Xbox One Family Sharing

GeekParty compares Steam's Family Plan with the Family Plan that Microsoft laid out a while back before scrapping it.

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JoshEngen1502d ago

Remember Xbox One sharing? That was going to be cool.

Vip3r1502d ago

Better the new way. I feel their sharing was just an attempt to save face after the onslaught that was the unveil.

Gigaguy7771502d ago

Their sharing was planned at the same time as the DRM. It was not an attempt to save face. It was a benefit as a direct result of the DRMs inclusion.

YNWA961502d ago

Family sharing was one of the reasons they had DRM anyway. To prevent people from copying on much more than 10 consoles.

aquamala1502d ago

that's a feature people like, except the part you have to check in online every 24 hours, which Steam doesn't have.

GmIsOnPt3601502d ago

Yall do realize both pS4 and xbox one will be always on right? you realize they will go into a sleep state as opposed to being "off" similar to cable boxes, roku boxes etc???? You can turn them off, but they arent meant to be, the being on will allow for games,system updates to happen naturally instead of logging in and waiting, it will power on download update then power off.

nukeitall1502d ago

Unfortunately, the way Steam family sharing works, it requires an always online connection.

I don't see how that is possible without connection.

For instance this is said in the article:

"- Borrowed games are only available on devices that have been authorized by the lender. Borrowed games will be unavailable on even an authorized [device] when the lender’s library is currently in use."

How would Steam (or Valve) know if the lender is using the library if they aren't online?

There is most definitely more to this than what scratches the surface!

Gamingcapacity1502d ago

GMLS, I think when people mention "always on", they mean that you need a connection otherwise you console wont play games at all.

With the current X1 and PS4 you do not need a connection to play games but like you rightly said a connection will give you a lot of benefits.

I think the 24h check in just pissed people off because MS are telling you that you need a connection which is seen by many as wrong. Most people will always be connected anyway but people don't like to be told that they have to.

Bigpappy1502d ago

Where M$ has them beat, is that you can still access your library when you lend games.

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Kuse1502d ago

Damn right it was...

Everyone gave Xbox crap for doing it and now Valve is praised? So many double standards...

Kayant1502d ago (Edited 1502d ago )

There is no double standard going on. You have to realise the reason why people where angry was that MS limited the freedom and control of who and how we trade/sell/gift with physical media today. Steam is a digital only platform that's why it's fine. If MS did the same as Value and implemented their plans with digital content in mind then it would have been fine. It would be the complete opposite of what is happening now because they would have been offering great incentives to slowly move people into the digital age.

aliengmr1502d ago

Not a double standard if there are 2 different standards to begin with.

Console gamers and PC gamers have different standards when it comes to digital games.

Now if Sony announced family share you would have a point.

But the problem is that the outcry over what MS was doing was more about the 24hr check and, to lesser extent, its "all seeing eye". No real outrage about family share.

DigitalRaptor1502d ago (Edited 1502d ago )

Don't be such an apologist. There are no double standards.

Steam is an optional service on an open platform. Steam is not the only point of sale on a PC or Mac. And XBL on the Xbone is, on a completely and intentionally closed platform.

And Microsoft were given crap for it because it was just one of the many things they were selling you that were full of sh*t. It would never have been what they were touting it as.

BallsEye1502d ago

Microsoft said on official site it will return but won't be available on launch.

GmIsOnPt3601502d ago

Why isnt at launch is my question? it should be physical media remains the same, game must be in tray to use. Digital media can be shared via the sharing program, none of that HAD to go away.

MasterCornholio1502d ago (Edited 1502d ago )

Wasnt it a demo plan though?

But like i said before they never explained it.

STANK081502d ago (Edited 1502d ago )

Family sharing gave access to full games.It gave access to All DLC as well.You for one should know, as much as you troll X1 articles.

You're on the internet, The info is out there

Gamingcapacity1502d ago

I'm not sure official info is out there, just cryptic answers from MS. They were very coy of giving a full and frank answer which made me suspicious of their plans.

Anyway there is no reason that they can't still do the family share, it might just be with digital content though.

ma1asiah1502d ago (Edited 1502d ago )

Xbox's Aaron Greenberg tweeted that

"There was no time limit [in family sharing], it was as we described. Team still investing in more digital features over time." I'm not a told you so kind of guy, but... well. :)"

Share access to your games with everyone inside your home: Your friends and family, your guests and acquaintances get unlimited access to all of your games.

And there’s more:

Give your family access to your entire games library anytime, anywhere: Xbox One will enable new forms of access for families. Up to ten members of your family can log in and play from your shared games library on any Xbox One. Just like today, a family member can play your copy of Forza Motorsport at a friend’s house. Only now, they will see not just Forza, but all of your shared games. You can always play your games, and any one of your family members can be playing from your shared library at a given time.

So let’s recap, using Microsoft’s own language: Your family gets unlimited access to your entire games library anytime, anywhere.

That was what Family Share was and as Aaron Greenberg said on Twitter - It was never "Just Demo's.

People beleived it was demos due to some noob on Pastebin posting the following:

"When your family member accesses any of your games, they're placed into a special demo mode. This demo mode in most cases would be the full game with a 15-45 minute timer and in some cases an hour."

Which is what Aaron Greenberg was responding to on Twitter.

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EXVirtual1502d ago

They're basically the same apart from the fact that MS was going to implement DRM on the XBO. On Steam, their is an offline mode, so even when Steam goes down (won't be anytime soon), you can still play your games. Coming from someone who plays more on consoles.

theWB271502d ago (Edited 1502d ago )

Steam- You can only use the digital library on devices that the owner authorizes...further more you can't use the library AT ALL if they are currently using it.

Microsoft- Access any time to each other's library from any just couldn't play the SAME game at the same time.

Steam does have its own DRM- you can't use it if the owner is currently using it AND the owner can limit the devices it's used on. Library can only be accessed by ONE user at a time.

How is that NOT DRM?

EDIT- I thought this would be obvious, but you can't access another library without the internet. Thus, it would need it just like the X1 did.

Steam from the article-- As the lender, you may always access and play your games at any time. If you decide to start playing when a friend is already playing one of your games, he/she will be given a few minutes to either purchase the game or quit playing.

-- Borrowed games are only available on devices that have been authorized by the lender. Borrowed games will be unavailable on even an authorized [device] when the lender’s library is currently in use.

If you want to link me to where they say you can continue playing then by all means do so. By both of those bullet're completely wrong.

So again..there was a reason for the check in...Steam doesn't need it because it requires the internet to funtion (same as X1) but they also don't allow one library to be used by more than ONE person at a time. DRM...

AceBlazer131502d ago

Can't access the library? What bs are you spewing? If your playing a game and the owner decides to play the same game you get the option to either purchase the game to continue playing or quit.Only difference is steam is pulling it off without 24 hour check ins.

hop3lessfray1502d ago

The original purpose of Steam is DRM. I have no idea why people always forget this.

cyguration1502d ago (Edited 1502d ago )

Wow you fanboys are misguided.

You can already SHARE your account with authorized devices and you can do it on multiple devices so long as the others are in offline mode. This new share plan makes it so that it's closer to the XBL Gold family membership so that multiple people can make use of a single account from multiple devices.

Great way to showcase that you have NO idea what you're talking about.

You can also play the same game from a single account on multiple computers so long as they're offline mode. You know how I know? BECAUSE THAT'S HOW I DO LAN PARTIES!

Of course Steam has it's form of DRM but it's not intrusive and no where near as terrible as the Xbox One's.

theWB271502d ago (Edited 1502d ago )

"Wow you fanboys are misguided.

You can already SHARE your account with authorized devices and you can do it on multiple devices so long as the others are in offline mode. This new share plan makes it so that it's closer to the XBL Gold family membership so that multiple people can make use of a single account from multiple devices.

Great way to showcase that you have NO idea what you're talking about.

You can also play the same game from a single account on multiple computers so long as they're offline mode. You know how I know? BECAUSE THAT'S HOW I DO LAN PARTIES!

Of course Steam has it's form of DRM but it's not intrusive and no where near as terrible as the Xbox One's."

First of all...fanboy has completely lost its meaning. Tossed around for the simple fact you prefer something DIFFERENT than the person that throws that crappy term around still.

Secondly...LAN parties are LOCAL. Doesn't apply to this conversation AT ALL.

Thirdly...this is for the sharing of accounts(GAMES) on OTHER DEVICES!!!!!!

You keep mentioning offline. YOU DIDN'T NEED TO BE OFFLINE TO DO THE GAME SHARING. Everyone could be online and game on the library at the same time.

There wasn't a LAN party...there wasn't someone needing to be offline...there wasn't the need to log into SOMEONE ELSE'S ACCOUNT!!!

Steam is allowing you to LEND a game without that person having to log into your account on other devices. That means you being logged into your own account and playing a game YOU DIDN'T PURCHASE.

The rest of my reply order to take advantage of this you have to be online and you can't play the game on devices the LENDER DOESN'T AUTHORIZE nor when they are choose to play a game on their account.



Offline doesn't apply here..PERIOD!

Why the **** would Valve announce something they're already doing? Think about that..

cyguration1502d ago (Edited 1502d ago )

Dude, wow, you seriously just have no clue what you're talking about.

You can login ANYWHERE from ANY DEVICE with Steam already and allow for account sharing. The only thing they added was now multiple people can share games across a single account from multiple devices. IT IS like the Microsoft Share Plan, which was already like Steam's current setup, the only difference was that you couldn't have sub-profiles under a single account and now you can.

Even now you can still setup where someone can access your games from a different computer if you give them access. This lets me know you have no clue what you're talking about because you've never used Steam.

And there is no difference between LAN/offline mode and using a different computer halfway around the world. NO DIFFERENCE AT ALL. Because the fact of the matter is that Steam doesn't have a LAN mode, you just log in to different computers with the same account after you put in the access code and play the games.

Essentially now, you could do LAN mode but have separate accounts for each computer, even if you're doing a LAN party where some of the people playing aren't even in the local area.

Of course simultaneous usage isn't allowed in Online mode (but it's not allowed in online mode even before the sharing), which is why I mentioned that it's the same as Microsoft's share plan insofar that if you all want to play the same game from different computers at different times you just go into offline mode after you get the game. Because, surprise, surprise, you can already do that with Steam.

EDIT: I should also add, since a lot of people are still confused about this: Just because your profile is set in offline mode in Steam doesn't mean you can't play the game online. Steam's offline mode only affects an account appearing online but has no effect on whether or not you can play some games online. This is how you can use a single account (in offline mode) to play multiple versions of the same game online.

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KRUSSIDULL1502d ago (Edited 1502d ago )

There wont be offline mode for shared game otherwise you could just share a game and then go offline and have it forever.

Also in XBO's defence you only had to check in every 24 Hours so yeah, you could play offine.

Edit: BTW I'm glad 24 check-ins didnt go thru because I dont care about sharing with anyone because I dont have any friends. :)

abusador1502d ago

Read up!!! Microsofts sharing was bs 10 min like demos for the sharers, i dont call that sharing.

GmIsOnPt3601502d ago

That was rumour of supposed MS worker on a gaming website....

BallsEye1502d ago (Edited 1502d ago )

It was confirmed it was full games.


Confirmed xbox one dev on reddit. I also remember it was mentioned in some interview I watched on YT. but here you got link to other one.

"Was the family sharing how everyone imagined it to be like (sharing games with 10 people only 2 game play one at the same time) or was it glorified demos ?

[–]XboxOneDevConfirmed XB1 Dev[S] 65 points 2 months ago
It was for full games. Can't comment too much on this but its purpose was to eliminate the need to ever have to physically hand someone a game that you bought to share with them."

BlackTar1871502d ago

Show me where MS clarified 10 people could play full games?

I remember the one sheet that was very cryptic.

I have yet to see a concrete confirmation of what the 10 people were and what the restrictions were going to be or not be.

Please enlighten me with an official document or official response.

MasterCornholio1502d ago

But here is the part that i doubt.

Why would any developer allow you to freely share 1 copy of a game with 10 different people with barely any restrictions?

Seriously its a buy one get 10 games for free with every copy.

abusador1502d ago

Bs it was never confirmed it was full games and after the fact anyone could say anything.

Given Microsoft history and lies it would bode well if you took what they say with a grain of salt. Remember this was the same Microsoft saying their is no power disparity between ps4 and Xbone, the cloud can make graphics better, kinect is better than the controller and my favorite of all time "We do not know of an "rrod situation" and its overblown lol

ABeastNamedTariq1502d ago

Where's that link bruh? Don't make statements like that lol.

BallsEye1502d ago


Most of XO games are online, I bet any sort of multiplayer wouldn't be available.

DigitalRaptor1502d ago

Dude. You're really going to believe that after the twisted wording Microsoft has used in the past?

Notice how he said "it was full games". What does that even confirm? He didn't answer whether or not that "full game" would be a timed demo (1 hour) or unlimited. So really, it was never going to be what you gullibles think it was going to be, because if it had any substance, they would have been able to explain how it worked and explicitly what the sharing entailed.

BlackTar1871502d ago


gotta love this
" Can't comment too much on this "

Meaning its not Black and white. Which is what i said which is what the one sheet they gave out explaining it that didn't explain it.

You have to admit if it was Black and White they wouldn't have needed to hide its details etc.

Be real with yourself

Grown Folks Talk1502d ago Bullet point 4. June 6th, prior to the policy reversals. 1 person out of the 10 could play at a time, just as if you gave them a disc. It's not buy 1, get 10 free. And for you comprehension challenged, when you take Forza to a friend's house, it doesn't magically turn into a demo. It was full games.

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CRAIG6671502d ago

wrong, they clarified that was a rumour. READ UP.

abusador1502d ago

Rrod was a rumor too according to Microsoft until they were dragged to court by the beloved fans who protect them :)

AceBlazer131502d ago (Edited 1502d ago )

It was a rumor that never got confirmed or denied.But with Microsoft's track record you jus know there would have been a catch like that in there.

Denied by who? Major Nelson? Hah as if ,he has as much credibility as some of the Xbox fanboys on this site.

CRAIG6671502d ago

It was indeed denied dude. 100% on that.

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RiPPn1502d ago

One exists and one was made up to help alleviate negative pr.

sashimi1502d ago

Thats what i'm thinking, Microsoft every explained exactly how it would work and gave specific details yet all the defenders act like it was going to be the best thing ever.

sashimi1502d ago

ugh i meant to say Microsoft never explained exactly how it would work*

MasterCornholio1502d ago (Edited 1502d ago )

Probably. I mean if they wanted to they could have limited the family plan with digital copies and it would have worked just fine. But for some reason with Microsoft you have to have some crazy DRM system attached to every retail copy.

Edit: I have a feeling that they wanted to make consumers feel bad for protesting against their DRM system. No idea why they would do such a thing.

ziggurcat1502d ago

this is just as awful as MS's implementation... i don't like that it'll force you to quit or purchase the game you're playing in the lender decides he/she wants to play the game. it kind of defeats the purpose if it severely limits your access.

Raf1k11502d ago

It's fine like that.

Imagine sharing physical discs. If the owner wants to play it then obviously he'd need to take it from you in order to play it so this makes sense.

Allowing more than one person to play the same game at the same time would be like selling multiple copies of it for the price of one. People would simply game share everything and sales would drop.

ziggurcat1502d ago

usually, though, if you're going to lend the disc, you're done with the game altogether, so there's never any conflict.

i just see all kinds of problems (possibly even arguments) with being forced to quit/buy if someone else wants to play the same game.

LoveOfTheGame1502d ago

But, when you share a physical disc, say like COD, if the owner wants to play Battlefield it won't kick the COD player off because they are two separate discs at two separate locations.

With this implementation only one person can access the LIBRARY at one time. So this is in no way like lending a disc. More like lending the person your console and library.

Raf1k11502d ago (Edited 1502d ago )

Really? I thought it only kicked you off if the owner started playing that particular game.

If it's the library then it's not much different to letting someone use your account on their computer.

mhunterjr1502d ago

Its simple When you let someone borrow something, you can't both use it at the same time... If you had it your way, games would sell up to fifty percent less, because one purchase would satisfy to customers simulaneously.

Now if your talking about giving a disc away permanently, of course there is never any conflict. Still only one person is using it at a time.

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