A new feature called Remote Play Together, which enables you to play local multiplayer games with your friends as if you were all in the same room, is about to become live on Steam thanks to Valve.
The Remote Play Together beta, which we anticipate releasing the week of October 21, will come pre-loaded with all local multiplayer, local co-op, and split-screen titles, according to the statement.
According to a report from PC Gamer, the feature is expected to operate automatically for all local multiplayer, local co-op, and split-screen games. In essence, this implies that players won’t have to wait months for the creator of their favourite game to support this feature.
According to Alden Kroll, a UI/Interaction designer at Valve, one of the players will be playing the game locally while the other player would be receiving the stream of the first player’s screen, allowing him or her to interact with it. Therefore, if the second player’s internet connection is slow, the first player may have an unfair edge.
To clarify: it really is only for shared-screen or split-screen games. The tech is streaming your screen to your friend and capturing their input and sending it back to the game, so you are both playing the same game, looking at the same thing.
Alden Kroll (@aldenkroll) October 10, 2019
It is important to note that this is not the first time that remote local multiplayer gaming has been attempted. In reality, Nvidia once provided a function akin to this called GameStream co-op.
If used effectively, this feature will be bringing several classic local multiplayer games back to life now that Steam is introducing support for it. But we won’t be able to get our hands on it until October 21.
What do you think of Remote Play Together, then? In the comments, please.