Steam launches Big Picture mode with new sales event

In September, Valve launched the open beta of the Big Picture mode for its Steam PC game download service. Today, Valve announced that the final version of Big Picture is now available for all Steam owners to access.

This new way of using Steam has been designed to work best on larger screens than the normal PC monitors. It's also been created to work best with a gamepad controller, although it can still be used by a normal keyboard and mouse setup. It also includes Valve's own Internet web browser which can be accessed even while a person is playing a game on Steam.

In order to celebrate the official launch of Big Picture mode on Steam, Valve has also started a new sale of what they consider to be a selection of "controller friendly" games on the service. Titles such as Valve's own Portal 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, along with other games like Limbo, Deadlight, Castle Crashers and more, have had their price cut by between 50 to 75 percent from now until December 10th.

Many people 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.

Source: Steam website | Image via Valve

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17 Comments

francescob said,
We want the old start screen back! WE WANT IT BACK!!!

It's optional. And it's been there in beta for a few months already. Unless i didn't noticed how joined closed beta

coth said,

It's optional. And it's been there in beta for a few months already. Unless i didn't noticed how joined closed beta

I know, it was just a misunderstood Windows 8-related joke

It's a pretty good UI imo, used it form time to time to sit in bed while i play some "Controller Friendly" games (which portal and CS are NOT).

Only issue i have had with it which is only relevant to some games like GTA:IV, when after opening the game from steam, they open a 'Launcher' window where I have to click 'Play' to then launch that game.

Other than that, it's pretty good, I especially like the way you type to people, with a little practice one could become quite fluent in that.

Happy_Camel said,
It's a pretty good UI imo, used it form time to time to sit in bed while i play some "Controller Friendly" games (which portal and CS are NOT).

Only issue i have had with it which is only relevant to some games like GTA:IV, when after opening the game from steam, they open a 'Launcher' window where I have to click 'Play' to then launch that game.

Other than that, it's pretty good, I especially like the way you type to people, with a little practice one could become quite fluent in that.

Gamepad plus Xpadder is a powerful combo

I think this is pretty good for PC gaming in general. One can imagine someone would build a gaming PC and have this be the main UI. Perhaps steam can use their survey info to set baselines for manufactures. I really think PC gaming has the potential to be just as big as console gaming. Granted CoD, Halo and maybe even BF3 have sold millions more than the PC. The customizability of the PC is unmatched.

We do not have to wait for updates to our dashboard to play certain video formats ...etc.

Having said that, consoles are moving closer and closer to a PC. With rumors of upgradable parts, and more functionality being brought to the software. We'll see an interesting convergence.

Valve could have done better than put in a big grey box in the top right corner to activate Big Picture, a small icon sized button would have been better.

Salty Wagyu said,
Valve could have done better than put in a big grey box in the top right corner to activate Big Picture, a small icon sized button would have been better.

Also an option to hide the thing entirely to prevent accidental clicks for people not wanting it.

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