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Report: Steam Big Picture Mode Launches Today

Jonathan Lester
Big Picture, PC games, Steam, Valve

Report: Steam Big Picture Mode Launches Today

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.

Report: Steam Big Picture Mode Launches Today

[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.

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Quietus  Sep. 10, 2012 at 15:31

completely ad-free
In an age where it feels like nowhere is safe from spammy ads, this is music to my ears. Valve, on behalf of all those who are sick of seeing ads, I thank you.:)

*sigh of contentment*

davidpanik  Sep. 10, 2012 at 15:50

I'm excited about this. I'm traditionally a PC gamer but eventually went Xbox to play games in the living room. Would love to be able to access my Steam catalogue on the big TV and switch between playing the same game upstairs and downstairs (you know - when ruddy Eastenders comes on).

If someone hacks the 360 to run this then I might well jump ship.

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