Steam coming to TVs

GDC 2011: Valve announces "big picture mode," which will offer controller support and ability to play games "on any TV or computer display in the house."

The Game Developers Conference is barely under way in San Francisco, but announcements are already beginning to pop up. This morning, Valve announced plans to expand its Steam content delivery service to the biggest screens in gamers' homes--their televisions.

Steam--coming soon to a TV near you.

"Our partners and customers have asked us to make Steam available in more places. With the introduction of Steam on the Mac, and soon in Portal 2 on the PS3, we've done just that," said Valve vice president of marketing Doug Lombardi. "With big picture mode, gaming opportunities for Steam partners and customers become possible via PCs and Macs on any TV or computer display in the house."

Valve did not elaborate on how Steam would be brought to televisions, but did say that big picture mode would "offer controller support and navigation designed for television interaction." It said it would share further details on the service with developers and publishers during private meetings at GDC.

As of last October, Steam had more than 30 million customers worldwide. It is currently available for the PC and Mac and will see some functionality arrive on the PlayStation 3 with the release of Portal 2 in April.

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97 comments
kenjing1
kenjing1

STEAM IS GOING TO BECOME THE NEXT BIG CLOUD GAMING PLATFORM EVER!! ALL GAMES ON STEAM STREAMED TO UR TV AND PC!! END OF THE ROAD SONY, MICROSOFT, NINTENDO, AND ONLIVE!!!!

elozl
elozl

Steam should Buy Onlive xD

alooy
alooy

Steam is already on my big screen, and has been ever since full HD tv's were introduced.

power-fantastic
power-fantastic

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bloodshot191
bloodshot191

will i be able to play hl2 and my counterstike games on my ps3 now??

Chickenman9431
Chickenman9431

I am personally hooked up on Steam right now. This might get interesting...

Death_Masta187
Death_Masta187

I have a feeling steam will become a nice cloud gaming platform. MS, Sony & Nintendo should be very scared.

illuminatirexx
illuminatirexx

cool, need some apps for samsung tv's to play steam game son them ;) :)

Exhalation
Exhalation

and if you think that all PC games dont support controllers, look up Xpadder software.

Exhalation
Exhalation

x-2tha-z - all PC games DO have controller support...add to this that mice and keyboard are manual inputs just like controllers....the whole PC vs console thing is dumb as hell, consoles are computers, and PC will eventually be able to emulate whatever console there will be in the future. PC wins

sangoanuta
sangoanuta

Whatever comes, we should stick to this fact: Valve doesn't deliver half-baked solutions! I emailed Gabe Newell about movie distribution through STEAM 5 years ago... Let's hope it happens on Steam Big Picture. :D

h3rb
h3rb

Windows Media Center is to Windows Media Player what Steam Big Picture Mode is to Steam.

snared04
snared04

Which, they all should be any way. Welcome, this is where we keep the good games. --->

Savvy30039
Savvy30039

Thus continues Valve's mission to convert console gamers into PC gamers.

peterfaj
peterfaj

What is this I don't even... "...become possible via PCs and Macs on any TV or computer display in the house." If your TV is connected to your PC, what's stopping from gaming on it? You don't really need any "big picture" mode or anything, since every full screen application I've tried supports most resolutions (with the exception of really old games).

masterdude192
masterdude192

Hmmm merger with Xbox? Please... Then I would only need to buy my games for one platform and play them seamlessly on both my pc and xbox. That would be a dream come true. Throw in a playstation and steam will effectively become the most powerful gaming platform on earth... very interesting.

x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

Awesome news. I think all PC games should have controller support where possible (obviously not RTS games). I hate gaming with the KB&M.

EE2lemmonhead
EE2lemmonhead

@torbonator I think we will just have to wait and see how it works and have details on the requirements for the TV and for the computer.

ZabuzaR
ZabuzaR

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fastlane1893
fastlane1893

I think Valve is going to try to compete with OnLive with a similar service... This could mean any Steam game you own, on a tv. The possibilities are very exciting

darkchokolat
darkchokolat

Sounds like a good idea, will be interesting to see how they pull this off though

MooncalfReviews
MooncalfReviews

Via PCs? I can do that already! I just use that cable that links my PC up to the TV.

killlo
killlo

Sounds like there going for something like Onlive maybe

DanielL5583
DanielL5583

I don't have an internet TV... hmm... This could be awkward at the moment.

msngod
msngod

This is great news, I would be interested to see how Valve bring steam to the t.v.

torbonator
torbonator

@EE2lemmonhead Fair enough, but then it will take a lead to connect a PC to a T.V. most new PC's have HDMI output and some TV's have PC input..... I just can't see this as a needed venture when they could look into other things

Big_Stingman
Big_Stingman

@Ladiesman17 Well yeah of course you can hook up your PC to an HDTV already. What they mean is that they are building an interface that will still run on a computer, but will be much easier to navigate from a distance (IE, an HDTV from a couch or something). Bigger icons and stuff I assume, and I guess controller support too (Most likely things like 360 controllers).

UxoriousLimited
UxoriousLimited

@-TheWormsMan- Don't you mean wink wink, nudge nudge?

SDBusDriver1979
SDBusDriver1979

Really think steam should just buy On Live at this point

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

I already use Huge HDTV for my PC, what is that mean "Steam" coming to TVs??? :roll:

knut-hamre
knut-hamre

Ohh yes PS3 :D best system right after Pc

knut-hamre
knut-hamre

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penpusher
penpusher

tv support? .... but i already play on my tv i just hook the laptop up via an HDMI ... soooo a?

andrew_ribbons
andrew_ribbons

"Is Steam on Nintendo Wii a possibility? *Hint, hint, nudge, nudge*" Doubtful. The Wii is gamecube hardware in a different shell. The Source engine was designed for the 2004-2006 hardware era so it's comfortable to run it on most PCs and consoles sold today. The exception, is the Wii. Sorry, but what's the point of bringing Steam to a platform that can barely run industry-standard games from 2003?

-TheWormsMan-
-TheWormsMan-

Is Steam on Nintendo Wii a possibility? ;) *Hint, hint, nudge, nudge*

grigjd3
grigjd3

This just sounds like they're adding support for controllers.

DitchyJ
DitchyJ

Cool. I love steam, so handy to have. Can be cheap as chips alot of the time as well :)

scar4ever
scar4ever

I'm sure they'll come up with a reasonable system.

Sirbobislost
Sirbobislost

@benboz "would be awesome"? You can already do it all you need is a cable

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

What I wanna know is this, will they only allow SOME games to have TV support? Because if they give them ALL TV support then there's TONS AND TONS of games on there that will require updates to allow it (Oblivion for one as the PC version is VERY controller unfriendly). Just an example though. TV support for all or only some Steam games, I don't care. I just like all the games I have through them. :)

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

Sweetness. Steam isn't going to go away I don't think! :P They have so many awesome games and there's ALWAYS incredible deals to be had too. I give Steam a thumbs up. *Advertisement paid for by Jedilink and approved by Steam*

Sandpiper121PP
Sandpiper121PP

Steam on your T.V. sounds very cool to me! I am also looking forward to Portal 2!!! :)

Tekcor
Tekcor

This is pretty cool. I bet you'll need to buy a special TV though. And the controller support I could sure do without, zero use for that - aside from beat-em-ups and racers.