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(Pocket-lint) - Steam's Remote Play Together feature has been around for a while now. Letting gamers play local multiplayer games over the web with friends for free.

It has been in beta since 2019 and was recently updated to give access to gamers who don't even have a Steam account. Now the service is being opened up to everyone, with up to four players playing together using Windows, Mac OS, Linux, iOS or Android devices.

If you don't know already, the Remote Play Together feature essentially lets one player share local co-op based experiences online with friends. The process for doing so is also really simple, just launch the game, then click on a friend and click "Remote Play Together" to send an invite and then they can accept and play with you. 

The bonus is that only one person needs to own the game. That player hosts the game and streams the data via Steam to their friend and then they can play like they were in the same room. The other person now doesn't need a Steam account and doesn't necessarily need to be playing on PC either. 

Valve has even added updates to this that include the ability for the Remote Play Together system to work on Linux as well. Recent updates have allowed Stream Remote Play Together to be used on Mac and other iOS devices too. You simply need the Steam link app to join in. 

The company has also added "Unlimited Invites" as an option. Previously the number of people you could invite was limited, but now you can invite all your friends. Or at least as many of them as both the game and your broadband bandwidth will support.  

How to use Remote Play Together

If you have the latest Steam Client, then you can copy a link for Remote Play Together and send it to any friend on any device. As long as they can access the Steam Link App, then they'll be able to access the game. This means your friends can play on Android phones, iPhones, iPads, Apple TV and on Raspberry Pi too. 

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The games, of course, need to support Remote Play Together, but there are masses of games that do. Remember you're looking for games that offer local multiplayer, not online multiplayer. You can filter games in the Steam store to see those that support only Remote Play Together if you're not sure.

Writing by Adrian Willings. Originally published on 26 February 2021.