Games can be an intense social activity, despite stereotypes, but most interactions between players happen online these days. There are video games that are meant to be played with a small group of friends, often over a local network. COVID-19 restrictions have made it difficult to meet with some local multiplayer games and some friends may not live in the same country or continent. Valve made Steam Remote Play Together specifically for this purpose and soon enough it won’t even require the use of a Steam account, at least for some players.
Steam Remote Play Together is, of course, based on Steam Remote Play that lets you play Steam games installed on one computer on any other computer running Steam. This allows players to have something like a central gaming machine at home with all the hardware you can cram and play games on another computer or other device that won’t even be able to run Windows games.
Remote Play Together is expanding this to allow multiplayer play online instead of on a local network. Given how it works, you might assume that it requires all players to have Steam accounts to use this feature. While this is generally true, Valve relaxes its requirements but only for one very specific case.
the new Call anyone beta feature Steam’s Remote Play Together feature lets you invite a single player to the game via a link you create in Steam Overlay for the game. Only one player can be invited this way, and all additional players must be invited through the buddy list. Whichever method is used to join, they will be able to enjoy the full benefits of Remote Play Together, including sharing controllers with others in the group.
Although it does not require a Steam account, the invite link will direct players to at least install the Steam Link app. This means that only the platforms that have this app support the Invite Anyone feature, which are Windows, iOS, Android, and Raspberry Pi.