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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vahnn0
vahnn0

Oh my god, she sounds like Conan O'Brien!

Monstrul
Monstrul

What is this a man or a woman? i hop it's a woman couse i already fap'd!

d_khan
d_khan

Valve is your friend!!

jamesdvhunt
jamesdvhunt

steam should FIX UP THERE STUPID PROGRAM first

uponrise
uponrise

more framerate on some levels .. but the gameplay is still awesome

Psycold
Psycold

I think Steam should make mini keyboards/remotes for big picture that you can leave on your coffee table. 

Neil714
Neil714

I smell a possible deal coming between Microsoft and Valve here.

houshidar
houshidar

1st person browsing? what? 

Kunakai
Kunakai

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.

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

Yeah, Dark Souls! Woooo.

q-bert39
q-bert39

LOL, you want to do a search for me huh?

acesp1
acesp1

ive been playing pc games on my tv for years whats so special about this?

Frosty192
Frosty192

Time to get a 30ft hdmi cable so I can do this lol

wwlettsome
wwlettsome

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.

Vlad_an_impaler
Vlad_an_impaler

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.

M-S-M-S
M-S-M-S

Nice! I don't think I'll use it any time soon, but it is great to have this option.

Danituga
Danituga

Is she on a ps3 with a xbox controller??!

ilantis
ilantis

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 ?

ilantis
ilantis

"you can go to your All Games Tab..." 1145 GAMES, MOTHER OF GOD

Daian
Daian

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.

Peppytron
Peppytron

Thanks for the info Carolyn! Gonna try this on my big screen with, say, Rayman Origins and some friends!

LegatoSkyheart
LegatoSkyheart

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.

krown50
krown50

And that texting interface how the fuck did microsoft and sony not thought of it first GEENIUS

 

krown50
krown50

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 ;-)

majere613
majere613

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....

burnteyeball
burnteyeball

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!

deadpeasant
deadpeasant

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

Good stuff!

wexorian
wexorian

browsers sucks somehow, if they are making console tell us steam :)

pubboy
pubboy

I get the feeling Valve are working on console and Big Picture will be the interface used to access steam.

bdous
bdous

Too bad this is useless for point and click games and for strategy games

Neogenic
Neogenic

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!

jamyskis
jamyskis

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.

SwiftusMaximus
SwiftusMaximus

Thanks for the clarity Caro ,you are always so thorough with your reports/reviews, much appreciated ;)