The feature has passed through the beta stage and is now live on the Steam client.
How do I play local multiplayer on Steam?
You will need to update the Steam client to the latest version, as Remote Play Together is now out of Beta. This means that to play local multiplayer games on Steam over the internet, you and your friends will need the latest update to the client.
Keep in mind that only certain games support this feature. That being said, the list is thousands of titles long and more are being added, so you will have a wide selection to choose from.
If you want to see the complete list of local multiplayer titles available on Steam, check out the Steam Store page.
How does Remote Play Together work?
Once you start a Steam Remote Play session on your PC and invite friends to join a game, all the game activity is captured on your PC and sent to the other player‘s computers.
The other players will then see the image of the game, as well as the UI input, similar to an interactive streaming session. Voice and chat will also work just like in any normal game session.
Remote Play acts as a form of streaming, where one player hosts the game on their PC and projects it on the screens of everyone else. Everyone else will see the image and control the game as if they had it.
One advantage of this feature is that only the host needs to have a copy of the game, which makes Remote Play all the more desirable by those that can’t afford an extensive gaming library.
Additionally, Remote Play also allows users with low-end PCs to enjoy otherwise resource-intensive titles.
What do I need to host a Remote Play session?
For a proper streaming experience, UDP ports 27031 and 27036, and the TCP ports 27036 and 27037 need to be open. The Steam client needs to listen to these ports in the firewall of the PC, as well as the router or modem.
It goes without saying that since you will be running a game not only for yourself but others as well, that your PC needs to have no problem running multiple sessions of a given game.
Additionally, since you’ll be streaming all of your content, a wired Internet connection is preferred. Steam also recommends that clients should have a GPU that supports hardware-accelerated H264 encoding.
For more information on Steam Remote Play Together and how to play local multiplayer games on Steam over the internet, you can visit the official support page.
Remote Play plays homage to LAN parties
In many aspects, Remote Play acts like an advanced form of a Virtual Gaming Network such as Gameranger, Garena, or Hamachi. The only difference is that the host is the only one that needs to have a copy of the game.
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FAQ: Steam Remote Play
- What is local co op on Steam?
On Steam, local co-op means you can play the same game with other people on the same machine if you have multiple control interfaces (for example Xbox controllers).
- How does local co op work on Steam?
Local co-op works by allowing you to connect multiple controllers to the same computer and using them at the same time. A good example of this feature is the Mortal Kombat franchise.
- Can you split screen on Steam?
Yes, as long as the game supports this feature. However, there are emulators you can use to unlock this feature on your computer.
- What is local multiplayer?
Local multiplayer means you can play a game with other players on the same network. But with the help of this guide, you can play local multiplayer games over the internet.
- How do I remote play with friends on Steam?
In order to take advantage of this feature, you will need to enable it. This guide shows you how to do this.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in January 2020 and has been since revamped and updated in March 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.