There was a time in my life that the only way to play multiplayer was to have your friends come over and pop on the couch (or carpet in front of the TV) to play games. Now my friends live all over the place and leaving the house is well… everyone knows I am two steps away from getting my official Hermit licence…
Now Steam is making some changes so that more people can enjoy those local co-op only games. Called Remote Play Together, the feature will enter Steam beta soon and it will allow “two or more players to enjoy local multiplayer games over the internet, together.”
“All local multiplayer, local co-op and split-screen games will be automatically included in the Remote Play Together beta, which we plan to launch the week of October 21.”
Streamers have already cottoned onto services like the GeForce Experience App and Parsec, which allow this kind of online use of a local co-op game. Having it baked into Steam will mean a lot of Steam games will get a shot of life, both in the streaming scene as well as people who maybe live too far away to play local co-op games together… or just don’t want to clean up the house because guests are coming over.