Steam will soon let you play local multiplayer games over the internet

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Steam is preparing to launch a new “Remote Play Together” feature, which will let you play local multiplayer games over the internet with friends “as though they were in the same room.” Valve announced the new functionality to developers via the Steamworks website, before PC Gamer reported its existence publicly. The new feature is planned for release in beta in the week of October 21st.

Remote Play Together has the potential to open local multiplayer games up to a much wider audience, by making them playable to anyone who doesn’t have people they can play with nearby. Interestingly, PC Gamer notes the Steamworks page for the new feature says that it will work automatically for “all local multiplayer, local co-op and split-screen games,”...

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