Steam's Remote Play Together now functions without a Steam account

Martin Brinkmann
Feb 26, 2021
Updated • Feb 26, 2021

Valve Software announced an addition to the Remote Play Together feature of the company's Steam gaming platform this week. Remote Play gives Steam users the option to play games with others, even if the invited users don't have the game in their library.

Remote Play works with a selection of games only and up until now, required that every participating user had Steam installed and a Steam account.

The change brings the Remote Play Together feature to users who don't have Steam installed or a Steam account. Launched in beta clients of Steam already, it enables Steam users to invite users who don't use Steam to participate in the game.

Invite links are created by the Steam user and then provided to others. The next step depends on whether Steam is installed on the device or not. If it is installed and if the user has an account, it is used to enable the Remote Play Together functionality. If the invited user does not have Steam or a Steam account, a prompt to install the Steam Link application; this app is then used to enable the Remote Play Together functionality.

Steam Link is available for Windows, Raspberry Pi, Google Android, and Apple iOS at the time of writing. Main limitations at this point are that Remote Play Together is enabled for some games only, and that the new link-based invite option is restricted to a single invite.

Inviting users to Remote Play using a link

steam remote play together without account

Here is what you need to do to make use of the new feature:

  1. Currently, it is only available in Steam Beta; it will be released in stable versions eventually however.
    • To join the beta, select View > Settings > Account > Change under Beta Participation, and join the Beta program. A restart is required.
  2. Open your library.
  3. Select the filter icon at the top.
  4. Pick the "Remote Play Together" filter to list all games that support the feature.
  5. Start one of the games.
  6. Open your Friends list.
  7. An icon to copy the Remote Play Together link is provided at the top.
  8. Send that link to a friend.

Everything else happens on the "other" users system. The main limitation at this point is that only one user without a Steam account can be invited.

The process could be improved by adding the option prominently to the game page or even the library listing.

Now You: Have you used the Remote Play Together feature on Steam? What is your take on it?

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  1. Dave said on February 26, 2021 at 3:49 pm

    I’ve tried it. It sucked. Laggy as hell (when I could get it to work) and we have more then enough bandwidth.

    I’ll stick to using emu’s to play on the LAN or over VPN instead of over steams laggy remote servers.

    I can only think of one reason they want you to route your data through their servers instead of letting you connect directly to your freinds, data collection.

  2. Julian said on February 26, 2021 at 9:33 am

    >Remote Play works with a selection of games only and up until now

    Remote Play itself is just the streaming stuff that works with every game, formerly inhome streaming / Steam Link. Remote Play _Together_ is the stuff we’re talking about here that has to be enabled by the dev on a per game basis.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on February 26, 2021 at 9:52 am

      You are right, thank you, clarified this!

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