It's like sharing your password, but less stupid.
By Liam Gilroy on September 12, 2013 at 8:57 am
In an interesting move today, Steam announced a new feature – Steam Family Sharing – designed to allow families of up to 10 people to share a computer, while retaining their own save games, achievements and what-have-you.
There are some caveats however – or rather, one big caveat. You can share your entire library with 10 family members, but only one person can play a game from your library at any given time. If your dad is playing Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs and you decide you want to play Dr Daisy Pet Vet, your dad will be told he has a couple of minutes to save and get out. If your dad wants to play Saints Row 4 while you play 3D Ultra Minigolf Adventures, he will simply have to go without until you finish.
In other words, this is essentially exactly what it says – Family Sharing. It’s not like the PlayStation 3′s shared account system, designed to allow you to play your games on multiple systems without having to log out and back in again. I wish it was that – I am sick of sitting around like a caveman for unending minutes at a time whenever I switch between my gaming pc, my laptop and my media centre, but it simply isn’t designed for that. It’s designed to allow families to have multiple profiles, so your daughter can play Civilization V without wiping your saves and getting her own achievements.
Nevertheless, if you’d still like to try it out before anyone else Steam have announced that beta access for Steam Family Sharing will be available to 1000 members of the Steam Family Sharing Group. You can also learn more about the system via the official site
Source: Steam News