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Steam Big Picture mode beta starts next month

Steam Big Picture mode beta starts next month

Valve will launch a beta of Steam's Big Picture Mode in September, it has emerged.

GamesCom 2012: Valve has announced that it will launch a beta of Steam's Big Picture Mode next month. The Mode is designed to make accessing and using the digital distribution platform from TVs as easy as possible.

"In September you'll be able to hop into a beta, click a button, and see Steam reformatted for your TV and usable with a PC game controller, or a mouse and keyboard if you want to play that way," said Valve's Greg Coomer in an interview with GameTrailers.

Despite the focus on design for a gamepad however, Valve says it has no plans for a console implementation yet.

"We show it hardware guys and say, 'Look, if this is a useful tool for you to deliver your hardware into living rooms, that's great," said Gabe Newell. "If you want to run it on top of Windows, that's fine; if you wanna run it on top of Linux, that's fine.'"

"We should have the Linux and 10-foot betas out there fairly quickly and I think customers will say 'this is really great' or they'll say 'this is another interesting but not valuable contribution' fairly quickly."

Let us know your thoughts in the forums - and check out out other coverage from GamesCom 2012 why you're at it!

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theshadow2001 18th August 2012, 01:27 Quote
I would happily wager that they will end up doing one of those game streaming services right into the living room
billyonenut 18th August 2012, 01:38 Quote
i agree with theshaddow. Being able to stream a game to another tv in your house would be very cool. the rest sounds like windows media centre
Blazza181 18th August 2012, 10:32 Quote
Yep, since OnLive is dying, this could be their BIG opportunity.

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Guinevere 18th August 2012, 22:33 Quote
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Originally Posted by theshadow2001
I would happily wager that they will end up doing one of those game streaming services right into the living room

Yeah, because running on those high-spec power hungry servers sitting on fat pipes works so well for onlive. It's not like they've had to restructure into a new company and drop 80% of their team.

Oh wait...
theshadow2001 18th August 2012, 23:27 Quote
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Originally Posted by Guinevere
Yeah, because running on those high-spec power hungry servers sitting on fat pipes works so well for onlive. It's not like they've had to restructure into a new company and drop 80% of their team.

Oh wait...

Wow the sarcasm nearly exploded my computer.

It's possible for companies to take existing unsuccessful ideas, manipulate them, change the approach, the marketing etc. and make it into a success. Just because one companies stab at something doesn't work, doesn't mean others won't take a shot if they think they have a more successful approach.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Tablet_PC

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ipad
fdbh96 19th August 2012, 01:19 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Guinevere
Yeah, because running on those high-spec power hungry servers sitting on fat pipes works so well for onlive. It's not like they've had to restructure into a new company and drop 80% of their team.

Oh wait...

Onlive did have to start from nothing, whereas Steam has millions of users that usually try everything valve produces ;).
DoctorBeat 19th August 2012, 02:12 Quote
if they could stream from my pc to my tv on the living room, that would be something.
think about it, a steam client runing on a netbook or a lower spec laptop, and my pc streaming the content, using wifi or ethernet
now thats something really interesting
Carl Marten 19th August 2012, 02:18 Quote
The big difference between OnLive and Steam is that steam users do not need the fat pipe. We already have PCs that are capable of running the games, it is simply high sped local network infrastructure that will be required.

If a console port can have the screen remapped to the TV for a social gaming session that is a big plus in my book (especially if free).
Baz 19th August 2012, 19:07 Quote
Gabe says 'this is another interesting but not valuable contribution'

I agree.
DriftCarl 19th August 2012, 20:04 Quote
why does it have to be games :(
Valve, please move into the tv show and movie market. and get steam installed onto TV's or on virgin media.
I already like playing youtube videos via my paired smartphone to virgin media.
If you could turn my phone into a controller, and then let me play the casual games from steam on my TV, that would be brill :)
defined 20th August 2012, 10:36 Quote
looking forward to this, always wondered why it didnt exist before,
[USRF]Obiwan 20th August 2012, 15:44 Quote
So does this mean I can connect a USB hub to my tv and connect mouse and keyboard and it will work?
fdbh96 20th August 2012, 19:55 Quote
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Originally Posted by [USRF]Obiwan
So does this mean I can connect a USB hub to my tv and connect mouse and keyboard and it will work?

You could always use Steam on a TV, this just means it will be easier to see/navigate from a distance.
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