Steam launches its Remote Play feature today

    
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So steamy.

There are a lot of fun games on Steam that are kind of meant to be played by multiple people around a couch, but your friends may not actually be within couch-play distance. That’s where the new Remote Play feature being rolled out today comes into play. With Remote Play, you can take your one copy of the game and invite friends to play it with you – and that should be all you need to do. Both of you are playing even though only one of you owns the title, sitting on the virtual couch together.

To celebrate the feature’s rollout, Steam is also holding a sale of many titles which Remote Play works with already, though we don’t doubt that players will be able to find other existing titles to share through the service. This also ties into mobile features allowing you to stream your existing titles to other devices so long as you’re logged into your main machine… and it works with the remote play feature as well, allowing you to stream from your computer to a mobile device while your friends join you on their own devices. That’s a whole lot of play in a whole lot of places.

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semugh

dam steam and gog you steal all my money lol…

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Robert Mann

That’s cool… but can they just get a nice simple library that I can set as the default screen, rather than all this extra crud? That was half the reason why Steam was a decent platform imo, and as it is now they took that and made it as little of the UI as possible.

I’m kinda less inclined to purchase anything from them, since every time I log in it’s now extra steps to get to my games and play. Add in that they made the simple listing of games a pain with tiny sizing, makes for extra “Maybe buy this on GoG or look for a direct download instead.” consideration from me.

Remote play is cool, but it’s not more important to me than a solid, simple UI to get to games quickly.

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Schmidt.Capela

Have you tried small mode (in the View menu)?

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HumbleKagu

Didn’t this new UI update remove small mode?

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Robert Mann

Initially. It is back (due to demand and the general dislike of their new UI by so many), but it isn’t anything close to what I am looking for.

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Robert Mann

Yes. Small mode is JUST the list of games, with nothing else. That’s not what I want at all. That’s going TOO minimalist for me, although it works to some extent.

What I want is a functional UI with details about things if I want to access them, but with more screen space for the actual selections (still too small imo in the small mode list as well) and less focus on pushing all the other stuff at me if I don’t want it (or forcing the screen area to be a complete waste, left blank as everything is removed).

Essentially, give 1/4-1/2 the screen area to the list with customizable text/icon sizes, leave the image and play button (selectable image is cool), and then put in selections for the other stuff as tabs below would be ideal to me. Especially if I can customize the order of the tabs for what I want to focus on. Moving the entire home screen and shelves thing to their own windows and drop downs, rather than a home screen that is forced and completely useless (worse, in the way) on me… would also be a huge factor in improving the current UI to me.

For example, in small mode I lose access to things like patch note links that I do want to see when looking at the game through selecting it on the list. I still want that, but I don’t want the whole home screen nonsense, the what’s new thing, or the extra clicks to get places. Small mode is roughly equivalent to the home screen in this regard, it is an extra click when I notice a download on something I want to play, and want to read up on the notes this way. So it’s really not a great workaround for me.

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Schmidt.Capela

If it works like the current streaming option on Steam, you aren’t even limited to just games you have on Steam; you can add games from other sources — including games from other online stores — and stream those. Besides Steam games, I use it quite a bit to stream games I have physical copies of, games I purchased on GOG, and emulators.

(BTW, it’s part of the reason I prefer to purchase games on Steam above any other DRM-laden store. As long as I’m using those nifty features Steam developed and supply me for free, I’ll keep purchasing my games from them even if said features would work for games purchased elsewhere. The only exception is GOG and other DRM-free stores, as I believe supporting DRM-free stores to be more important.)