Steam Family Options Beta Rolled Into Steam Client

January 9, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Valve has launched a beta of the new "family options" for its Steam digital distribution service that makes it easier for parents to put limits on content for their children.

The new Steam Family options allow parents to "limit an account's access to a subset of its content and features" on their own account or their child's account. The system is pretty straightforward: parents can select to make a subset of their library available to their children and create a PIN to limit changes. Valve promises that the process is pretty straightforward and that enabling or disabling the parental controls is as easy as entering your PIN and unchecking or checking a few boxes.

"We understand every family has its own approach to establishing rules and setting limits when it comes to media, entertainment, and games," said Valve in its announcement.

"We hope most families talk through these issues together and find ways to agree on what's realistic and fair. It sometimes seems there are as many family policies as there are families. So with Family Options, we're introducing a new way for parents and families to establish their own rules together, using Steam."

The system is currently in beta and is available under "Settings" in your Steam client.

You can learn more about the Family Options by checking out the announcement on Steam.


 
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