Valve announces Big Picture mode for Steam

Written by Joe Martin

March 1, 2011 // 10:20 a.m.

Tags: #big-picture-mode #pc-gaming #pc-gaming-on-a-tv #steam #steam-big-picture #valve

Valve has announced a new Big Picture mode for Steam that could essentially start to move PC gaming closer to a console-like analogue when it is released.

Big Picture mode will allow Steam to work on TVs, beaming directly from a PC or Mac. It will also bring robust controller support and a new navigation system designed for TV displays and non-keyboard interfaces.

'Big picture mode will enable gamers to enjoy Steam and their library of Steam games on more screens throughout the house,' Valve said in the announcement.

'Our partners and customers have asked us to make Steam available in more places. With the introduction of Steam on the Mac, and soon in Portal 2 on the PS3, we’ve done just that,' said Valve's Doug Lombardi.

'With big picture mode, gaming opportunities for Steam partners and customers become possible via PCs and Macs on any TV or computer display in the house.'

Valve is expected to unveil more details at GDC 2011, which is currently under way in San Francisco.

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