Steam Big Picture mode beta launches

Valve is now bringing a version of its Steam PC game download service to big screen televisions. The new Big Picture more, announced over a year ago, has now entered into beta testing, according to a press release from Valve.

The press release states, "With the press of a button, Steam displays a new full-screen user interface optimized for readability and interaction on TV. Big Picture has been designed to be used with a traditional game controller, while also fully supporting keyboard and mouse input." You can check out the Big Picture mode in action in the video above.

In addition to being able to play Steam PC games with the new user interface, the Big Picture mode also includes Valve's own Internet web browser which can be accessed even while a person is playing a game on Steam. Valve says, "It supports Big Picture's new method of typing with a game controller, which is useful for entering URLs, filling out forms, chatting, and other functions."

Many believe that bringing an easier way to access PC games on Steam via a large screen represents Valve's push to compete more directly with game console companies such as Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo. A Mac version of the Steam Big Picture mode will be launched in the near future.

Source: Steam website

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notuptome2004,

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IronChef75 said,
notuptome2004,

This is a period, otherwise known as a full stop: '.'
This is a comma: ','

While my inner monologue catches its breath from having attempted to parse that block of text, I suggest you look up those two handy pieces of punctuation.

Holy crap, he/she didn't use a single punctuation mark. I think it's time for someone to get off of the Internet and go hit up a library.

I just tried this out. Wow, it actually looks really nice! I can see why Valve are especially ****ed at Windows 8. It's not just the competing store that they have to worry about, I think the new UI elements prevent Steam from easily allowing your PC to act like a dedicated, fixed function "Steam Box".

IronChef75 said,
I just tried this out. Wow, it actually looks really nice! I can see why Valve are especially ****ed at Windows 8. It's not just the competing store that they have to worry about, I think the new UI elements prevent Steam from easily allowing your PC to act like a dedicated, fixed function "Steam Box".


ok it wont stop your PC from doing that at all as it is optional and this is not a steam box thing as that does not yet exist yet this is for any PC windows 8 or not to run full screen UI system and it looks nice. this has nothing to do with windows 8 at all it really dont Gabe and who ever else @ steam who think windows 8 sucks or has an issue with it seem to have an issue with the windows RT version and if that is the real reason they are dumb because windows RT is only meant for well Arm and CPUs like that Thus as anyone knows is not compatible with X86 apps or ranching

Gabe and the rest seem to only focuse on just the one thing as if they even used windows 8 hads they done so they know windows 8 still allows and acts like window s7 on the desktop side of things and all ther apps and games run just fine on it and can install fien matter fact those apps can run better as i have noticed games i got on steam run better then on windows 7

Now we actually know why Valve doesn't like Windows 8. They finally made a client that fit well with the discontinued Media Center. It took them 10 years to come up with the idea and develop a UI. Then Microsoft goes and develops an API that makes things look good on any large screen.