Published: Thu, October 10, 2019
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Steam's Remote Play Together adds online support for local multiplayer games

Steam's Remote Play Together adds online support for local multiplayer games

"This feature is created to add value to multiplayer games which do not already have native online capabilities", reads the email.

Steam is introducing a new feature that will allow users to play local multiplayer games together over the internet. PC Gamer later revealed its existence to the rest of us.


Hidden in Plain Sight's developer received the following email from Valve, detailing this feature. An email sent to developers from Steam outlines the plan, including that every game in the Steam library that has multiplayer, co-op, or split-screen capabilities are automatically included in Remote Play Together. What Remote Play Together does is add online support for local multiplayer games, meaning you can play with friends even if you can't all meet up in the same location and sit in front of the same TV. How surreal will it be to see splitscreen in a game you're playing online? It'll apparently work by streaming the host player's screen to the other players. The feature could be especially beneficial if Steam allows gamers to play the same game online when only one player owns the game, as would be the case in local multiplayer.

Personally, I look forward to finally tapping the talents of my overseas friends in order to help me beat Cuphead's Hard Mode. Dubbed "Remote Play Together", the feature was announced on the Steamworks website, which only devs have access to, though a couple have already shared the information publicly.

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