So, the PSN is always broken and Microsoft are spying on us through our televisions, but there’s one company who never lets us down. Rarely lets us down. Lets us down a bit less often. Ahem. A brief snippet of code in Steam’s digital distribution platform has revealed that Valve may be planning to let users easily share their games with friends. Originally spotted by an eagle-eyed member of the NeoGaf gaming forum, the code looks a little like this:
“SteamUI_JoinDialog_SharedLicense_Title” “Shared game library”
“SteamUI_JoinDialog_SharedLicenseLocked_OwnerText” “Just so you know, your games are currently in use by %borrower%. Playing now will send %borrower% a notice that it’s time to quit.”
“SteamUI_JoinDialog_SharedLicenseLocked_BorrowerText” “This shared game is currently unavailable. Please try again later or buy this game for your own library.”
As you can see, there are references to a shared game library, and notifications for games in use by the ‘borrower’. Considering the amount of internet-wide ball ache occurring in the recent Xbox One/PS4 wars on the theme of sharing games, this could be an interesting development from Steam, especially along with their hopefully upcoming addition to the living room, the ‘Steam Box’ which I’ll tell everyone that I’m going to buy, before cracking to peer pressure and buying an Xbox like everybody else.