Game On... In Your Lounge
Steam's Big Picture mode, which makes the user experience comfortable and intuitive to use on living room tellies, is scheduled to launch in beta today according to a new report from Kotaku.
Look out, Sony and Microsoft. Here comes trouble.
Big Picture mode will let users run the existing Steam client using an entirely new interface. Bigger icons, fonts and menus retain all of Steam's marketplace, library and social functionality, but allows for easy and convenient browsing on a widescreen television. It's a little like the Xbox 360's Metro Dashboard, but designed to be fast, accessible and completely advert-free.
The interface has been designed with the Xbox 360 controller in mind, even going so far as providing an radical new take on virtual keyboards. It also features a built-in web browser.
[image courtesy of Kotaku]
This new update, which will almost certainly release in a beta state, will doubtlessly delight many PC owners who connect their rigs to their lounge or bedroom televisions. Though not a direct threat to dedicated home consoles, Big Picture Mode... erm... well, it is, actually, being as Steam packs an enormous games library spanning a multitude of genres. We'll update this article when we hear official confirmation.