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Tools Up!: Renovate remotely

07 Apr 2020

Stay at home and play online thanks to Steam Remote Play Together!

Dear Players!

As we all know, renovation is best served in co-op. Although it might seem like you and your crew won’t get together for a while, the fact is you’re always just a few clicks away from each other!

How’s that possible? Thanks to the magic of Steam Remote Play Together! Check it out:

After all, staying at home is fun too! There’s so much you can do. Renovate, clean up, paint walls… No? Then how about doing it all in Tools Up!… with your friends and family!

Home renovations are always more fun when you can recruit others to do the heavy lifting while you, um, supervise. Use Steam Remote Play to assemble your ultimate renovation team and enjoy ordering others around!

How to launch Steam Remote Play Together

  1. Launch Tools Up!
  2. Press Shift+Tab to open Steam overlay.
  3. Open your Friends List and right-click to invite your friends.
  4. They accept the invite in the chat window and… That’s it! You’re renovating together.

While Tools Up! is by design a local co-op game, the experience can be definitely enhanced with the Steam Remote Play Together feature. If you can’t throw a renovation party together at home, do it online!

Well, do you already have some friends to invite in mind? Let them know about this feature to work hard and play hard together!

FAQ

Steam Remote Play Together is a brand new feature allowing people to play together online. Please bear in mind that the performance of Steam Remote Play Together may vary across regions. Refer to Steam Remote Play overview and Steam Remote Play Support for more information in your native language.

Q: How do I use Steam Remote Play Together?

A: It’s easy! Just follow the three simple steps:

1. Launch Tools Up!

2. Open your Friends List and right-click to invite your friends.

3. They accept the invite in the chat window and… That’s it!

You’re playing together.

To access your Friends List, you may need to open Steam Overlay (Shift+Tab by default).

Q: Can you play with two keyboards via Steam Remote Play Together?

A: You can only play Tools Up! with a single keyboard and multiple controllers (Xbox One, Steam Controller, etc.).

Q: How does Steam Remote Play work?

A: Steam Remote Play allows games to be launched on one computer, while being played from other devices connected to Steam. With Remote Play Together, you can invite your Steam Friends to join your local co-op sessions remotely, without having to own or launch the game themselves.

Q: We’re experiencing poor Steam Remote Play Together performance. What can we do?

A: Below are a few solutions Valve recommends. Please refer to Steam Remote Play overview and Steam Remote Play Support for more information in your native language.

  • Hardware:

We recommend a minimum of a quad-core CPU for the computer running the game. The client has more modest requirements, but should have a GPU that supports hardware accelerated H264 decoding. Any recent laptop or PC should meet the client requirements.

  • Network:

We recommend using a wired network for the best streaming experience. People have had some success with powerline networks and wireless N and AC networks with good signal, though your experience may vary.

  • Game Settings:

To improve your streaming experience, you can go into your game settings and lower your resolution and turn off vertical sync.

  • Steam Settings:

In the Remote Play settings you can change a number of things that can affect your experience. You can change your preference for speed vs quality, limit the network bandwidth, and adjust the maximum capture resolution.

Q: What network ports does Steam Remote Play use?

A: Streaming uses UDP ports 27031 and 27036 and TCP ports 27036 and 27037. Please make sure Steam can listen on these ports in your firewall software.

Q: Should I update video drivers?

A: A number of bugs have been fixed in the latest video driver releases that may affect streaming. If you are getting poor performance, graphical glitches or black screens please make sure you have the latest drivers installed from your video card vendor’s website.

Q: What are alternatives to Steam Remote Play Together?

A: Members of the Tools Up! community have recommended using Parsec, a third-party software, which lets you invite your friends to play games with you online even if the game doesn’t have online multiplayer. We don’t officially support this solution, but we hear reports that its performance can be better than Steam Remote Play Together

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