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Steam to roll out remote play for local multiplayer games

Remote Play Together will roll out to Steam Beta the week of Oct. 21

Petrana Radulovic is an entertainment reporter specializing in animation, fandom culture, theme parks, Disney, and young adult fantasy franchises.

Soon you’ll be able to play your favorite local multiplayer Steam games with your friends without ever actually meeting them face-to-face. Steam announced that it would be rolling out Remote Play Together, a feature that will allow users to play local multiplayer and co-op without being in the same room together.

Think of it like handing a virtual controller to your friend across the internet. No need to sync up busy schedules for an IRL meetup schedule or travel to meet online friends.

Remote Play Together will use the existing Steam Remote Play technologies and is designed for multiplayer and co-op games that do not normally have online capabilities.

With Remote Play Together, users will be able to launch a local multiplayer or co-op game and then, using the Steam Overlay, invite a friend to join. The game will then commence in a split-screen view. Even better, only one person needs to actually own the game.

The feature will come to Steam Beta first, launching the week of Oct. 21.

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