Recently, Valve announced a beta of Steam Remote Play Together, which let you play local multiplayer games over the internet with your friends across Windows, Linux, and macOS computers. Today, Remote Play Together is officially available for everyone, with a what could be a really cool new feature — you can play with your friends using iOS and Android devices as well.
According to Valve, the host player just needs to install and start the game, and friends on PC can join in via Steam Remote Play or on mobile with the Steam Chat and Steam Link apps. Only the host needs to actually own the game, which is nice.
It is however, still unclear if network latency might be an issue when you’re playing an action-packed game with other players cross-platform, which will surely make for an interesting game particularly if they’re located in another region. Though, it is likely that it will probably depend on the host’s internet connection and how far away they live. But in a promotional stream Valve is hosting to show off the feature in action, it looks to be pretty smooth so far.
Not only does Remote Play Together bring an online multiplayer component to local multiplayer games, but it also makes it possible to play across platforms, from macOS, to Linux, iOS, Android, and Windows.
Up to four players, or even more in ideal conditions, can instantly join in the fun. Only the host needs to own and install the game, while additional players connect through Steam Remote Play streaming technology using their PC or the Steam Chat and Steam Link mobile apps.
So here’s how it works, in brief: You’ve got your host, and this is the person that owns the game you want to play, which is available in their Steam library. From there, the host will send out invites through the Steam Chat app, the other players will accept, and they will be granted access into the game as one of the multiplayer characters. Just like they were sitting on the couch for local multiplayer, but they’ll be able to do it from anywhere with a fast internet connection. As explained by Valve themselves, you’ll first need to launch your game. Once launched, simply access the platform’s Friends List, right-click and chose the “Remote Play Together” option in the tabs. Once the friend in question accepts the invite, you should, in effect, be able to start playing together.
Instantly share your Steam local multi-player games with friends over the internet, for free.
Using Remote Play Together, one player owns and runs the game, then up to four players — or even more with fast connections — can quickly join in the fun.
Steam’s Remote Play Together won’t show anything but the game from the host to the other players you’ve invited to your session, so they won’t be able to see your desktop or other elements on your computer. The host will also have control over whether or not other players can access the keyboard and mouse, too.
Remote Play Together is available now. You’ll need the Steam Chat and the Steam Link iOS apps to get it up and running. Both of the apps are free.