Posted on September 10, 2012 AT 07:46am
If you play games on the PC, there is a good chance that you are not only familiar with Steam, but that you use it religiously. Valve is looking to ensure that it stays that way, as the vaguely-announced “Big Picture Mode” from a few weeks ago goes live in beta today. Valve is looking to take Steam from wherever your computer is to your living room, right alongside of your Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 or maybe even your Wii. Of course, they are doing it in the only way that they know how and leaving all of the customization up to you, which has always been one of the bigger draws to gaming on a PC.
By the looks of it, Big Picture Mode will obviously be “bigger.” As in, the graphics will be larger and the interface will be made to be navigated with a game controller as opposed to a traditional keyboard and mouse combination. Sure, you can still use those if you like, but Valve isn’t looking at that as the main way to use Big Picture Mode, instead they are appealing to gamers who gravitate towards consoles and using controllers. Everything from an in-app browser and virtual keyboard using their “lotus” style of letter-entry as opposed to just having a keyboard pop up and force you to slowly navigate it.
This doesn’t exactly mean a “Steam Box” just yet, but will most likely be a big part of that experiment to see how consumers react to “Big Picture Mode” and if Steam could possibly take over your living room much like it has taken over your PC.
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