Steam Remote Play Together Lets Players Do 'Local' Co-op Online Instead

Yolanda Curtis
October 10, 2019

According to a message sent to devs which has been shared online, "Remote Play Together" is coming to Steam beta soon, and will let players get stuck into local multiplayer games together online. The message also reads that "this feature is created to add value to multiplayer games which do not already have native online capabilities".

It looks like Steam is getting a new feature offering automatic online support for local multiplayer games. Previously it's been something that'd only work with devices hooked up to the same network. The news came from the Steamworks website, which showed an imagine explaining most of the details for how this feature will operate.

"All local multiplayer, local co-op and split-screen games will be automatically included in the Remote Play Together beta", reads the announcement. We'll see how well that works when the feature launches.

Perhaps the biggest boon to players is the fact that, like a traditional local couch gaming experience, the feature means you can enjoy a friend's game even if you don't own it yourself. If their pal accepts the invitation, the game is run through the host's computer and they begin playing together. It'll apparently work by streaming the host player's screen to the other players.

Initial reaction to the feature seems very positive, with many commentators stating they're looking forward to the arrival of Remote Play Together.

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