Introducing Steam Families

👤by Michael Pabia Comments 📅20.03.2024 16:05:49

Steam is excited to announce the launch of Steam Families, now accessible in the Steam Beta Client. Steam Families introduces significant updates and improvements to family sharing, parental controls, and child purchase requests. With Steam Families, users can share games to accounts under the family, and customise which games they can access and when they can play the games.

At launch, users can create a Steam Family and invite up to five members. Users can manage the Steam Family via the Steam Client, Steam mobile app, or via the browser.

Family Sharing

When you join a Steam Family, you automatically gain access to the shareable games that your family members own and they will also be able to access the shareable titles in your library. The next time you log in to Steam, this new 'family library' will appear in the left column as a subsection of your games list. You maintain ownership of your current titles and when you purchase a new game it will still show up in your collection.

Best of all, when you are playing a game from your family library, you will create your own saved games, earn your own Steam achievements, have access to workshop files and more.

Family Sharing enables you to play games from other family members' libraries, even if they are online playing another game. If your family library has multiple copies of a game, multiple members of the family can play that game at the same time. For a more detailed look at how Family Sharing works, see the FAQ below.

Family Sharing is a feature that developers may opt their games out of for technical or other reasons at any time. Visit the Steam Store to see a list of games that currently support Family Sharing.

Parental Controls

Steam Families includes new parental controls that allow parents to set limits on what and when children play games on Steam. You can control which games your children have access to and monitor their activity. This information is available from wherever you access Steam, including your mobile device when you are away from home.

Members of a Steam Family can have one of two roles: adult or child. Any adult family member can manage invites and apply account restrictions. Children are subject to parental controls and do not have permission to manage the family.

Parental control features let adults:
- Allow access to appropriate games
- Restrict access to the Steam Store, Community or Friends Chat
- Set playtime limits (hourly/daily)
- View playtime reports
- Approve or deny requests from child accounts for additional playtime or feature access (temporary or permanent)
- Recover a child's account if they lost their password

Child Purchase Requests

Steam understands a common (and sometimes time-consuming) task for parents is purchasing games for their children. This usually requires that parents complete a gift purchase or let their kids borrow a credit card.

To streamline this process, Steam Families introduces a new payment option where a child account can request an in-family adult to pay for their shopping cart. The adult can approve and pay for the purchase from their mobile device or email. Once approved, all games from the shopping cart will be added to the child's account.

Join the Steam Family Beta
To test the new Steam Families feature, you will need to be opted into the Steam Family Beta. Any family members you invite will also need to join the beta.
1- While Steam is running, click on Steam upper left, then choose the "Settings" menu.
2- Select Interface, then under "Client Beta Participation" select the dropdown menu
3- Select Steam Family Beta from the drop down list, and click OK. You'll be prompted to restart Steam at this point.

Learn more about Steam Families here.

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