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Valve’s Steam steams onto televisions

Big Picture brings the gaming experience home
Tue Sep 11 2012, 10:13

ON DEMAND GAMING SYSTEM Steam has added a playing option to its roster called Big Picture, a television based mode.

Big Picture is now in beta testing according to a splash on its home screen and it lets players link their PC up to their television and play their favourite games using a controller, as opposed to mouse and keyboard. Although it is launching for PCs first a Mac version will follow.

"Why give up your games, your friends, and all that you love about Steam when you play games in the living room?," says the marketing blurb.

"With Big Picture, we've reformatted Steam for use with your TV and game controller, so you can enjoy your Steam games from the comfort of your couch."

Games will still be able to play any one of their existing library of games against anyone of their friends or anyone on the Steam network. This means that they have access to thousands of titles and millions of rivals, according to Steam.

As well as gaming Big Picture users also get access to what Steam calls a first person browser, and typing, since we have done away with keyboards, is done using a daisy wheel system via your games controller.

Of course you can still use your keyboard and mouse, but since this system is supposed to replicate the couch and console experience, it appears that a controller is the favoured method of input.

The beta is available for PC users now. Simply log in and look for the Big Picture update option. µ


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