Tuesday, 14 Jul 2020

Reminder: Steam lets you easily play local multiplayer games online

Steam is reminding developers and players that Remote Play Together, which launched in November, is a very fast and easy way to group up and play with friends, couch-co-op style — a nice feature as millions try to keep their distance and prevent COVID-19 from spreading further.

Steamworks’ Twitter account noted for developers yesterday evening that Remote Play Together is enabled automatically for games with local multiplayer, local co-op, or shared/split screen features (though if the feature isn’t appropriate for their game, developers can disable it, too). The account also suggests developers enable Remote Play Together on single-player games, so the players can replicate the experience of passing “the controls back and forth as if they’re on the same couch.”

Remote Play Together launched Nov. 20 after spending about a month in a beta test. It’s ideal for games like Wilmot’s Warehouse, Cuphead, or Enter the Gungeon. Four-player support is offered for most games but “even more in ideal conditions” may play together. Only the host needs to own the game, too.

Players initiate the feature with Remote Play Together in the host’s friends’ list. The game then should behave on the host’s device as if all the invited players had a controller plugged into it. The only players see only the game, not the host’s desktop or any overlays. It’s also available for iOS and Android devices using the Steam Link app.

Coronavirus/COVID-19: What you need to know

The spread of the novel coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19, has unfortunately been characterized by an abundance of misinformation about the virus and xenophobia pertaining to its origins. To help educate our readership, we’ve compiled helpful explanations from our sibling sites The Verge and Vox.com. You can find answers to the most common questions in the links below:

Everything you need to know about the coronavirus

Coronavirus: News and updates on new cases and its spread

9 questions about the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak, answered

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