What is Steam's Big Picture?
Carolyn Petit brings you a quick look at Steam's Big Picture mode that's currently in Beta.
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I think Steam should make mini keyboards/remotes for big picture that you can leave on your coffee table.
I'm confused, why use a controller to browse and message? Sure, Steam may be releasing a console but surely they're smart enough to do so with mouse and keyboard support.
Really interesting stuff from Steam but to work well in my life I'd need a dedicated PC to sit in the cabinet and always be connected to the TV...which kind of sounds like a console.
I think this could revolutionize pc gaming from the couch, carving a niche away from consoles. I am already playing games on a samsung 52" screen with my pc. Now if only devs would get on board with the console ports and fix those clunky controls. I'd be glad to toss my xbox.
I don't understand why there's a powered up PS3 there, I know steam is out on the PS3 too, but is it the system you are showing it on ?
I keep trying it but it keeps saying the same thing : "Steam Big Picture mode is not supported on your platform.". Not that I need it since you can already play PC games on your TV, this only adds an interface designed for gamepads, but I'm curious to see it work.
Thanks for the info Carolyn! Gonna try this on my big screen with, say, Rayman Origins and some friends!
gosh, it reminds me of Onlive. If Steam would to put in a Brag Video Feature and/or Spectator Mode I would jump all over this.
Funny how Valve just took the entire console department and revolutinized it with a single small steam update. I mean people buy consoles for the ease of use and the ability to play in large a TV, and its just what they did. Without the need for extra peripherals. Gabe showing how its done ;-)
Two things I take away from this- one, that texting interface just got everyone at Microsoft and Sony responsible for designing their text interface fired for not thinking of it first. Looks like once people get used to it they'll be able to enter text very quickly.
Two- that is not how you play Dark Souls. One does not simply walk into the Royal Gardens....
this is what i imagined the steam box would do is what OnLive did. It's awesome to see this kind of portability coming to our tv's and especially our consoles. Love it!
That's a clever new system they have there. And it would work well if they were to release a console to go with it... hmmm...
Wow! first person browsing! Its a whole new world! :D
I get the feeling Valve are working on console and Big Picture will be the interface used to access steam.
All you need to play your PC stuff from the couch is a TV with a VGA, DVI or HDMI port (depending on your gfx card) and something to function as a base for your mouse and keyboard...
Nice report though!
Good report from Carolyn there - I heard a bit of a sarcastic tone there when it came to the "first-person browsing". At the end of the day though, I personally couldn't really find much use for Big Picture mode, because when it actually came to actually using Steam for what you need it for - playing games - the vast majority of titles require some kind of keyboard and mouse intervention.
Thanks for the clarity Caro ,you are always so thorough with your reports/reviews, much appreciated ;)