Steam’s “Big Picture” Mode May Reshape the Big Picture of What PC Gaming Really Means

Yesterday, Valve announced that their Big Picture service will be entering a beta phase soon. The Big Picture is a version of Steam optimized for television screens and controllers. Plug your PC into your 50" TV, and you can kick back on the sofa with a version of Steam that's designed to be readable from across the room, rather than squinting at the standard version.

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Ghost_of_Tsushima1941d ago (Edited 1941d ago )

If Valve come out With a "Steam Box" with "Big Picture Mode" then it could get in the hands of millions since everyone can just buy it and your ready to play out of the box like consoles today. Also no one would have to build a PC especially ones that don't know how or have the money to build one like me.

shutUpAndTakeMyMoney1940d ago (Edited 1940d ago )

lol it would cost more to buy a pre built one though.

PC gamers were not born knowing how to build a pc.. Seems in todays world learners are a dying breed & everyone wants to be treated like an apple customer.

If you can put together legos then you could build a pc.

If not don't worry console gamers will be playing pc games through the cloud soon. That way less and less people will have the knowledge of how to build one = happy people i guess.

In today's world we want to do an know less.. It's the way of the future!

Amazingmrbrock1940d ago (Edited 1940d ago )

I agree it's gotten super simple in this day and age. Everything is plug and play, you barely have to worry about drivers anymore. Most people are all intimidated by the hardware aspect but really it's mostly as easy as plugging cords into things. Every item that goes in the pc has one slot that it can go in and it won't fit in the wrong one. Just look at both ends find the female part to the male part and shove it in. The whole thing is easier and more durable than everybody thinks.

It's not even that expensive my gaming rig cost 350 dollars canadian and can play most games on highish settings. I just picked up a pc some guy built in his basement off craigslist for 250 and put some ram and an 80 dollar video card in it. Bam pc gaming rig.

ATi_Elite1940d ago (Edited 1940d ago )

Seriously folks if you want to get into PC Gaming all you have to do is!!

1. Buy a Cheap 4 core PC off a Wal-mart shelf

2. Order a GPU and a PSU within your price range from

3. plug the GPU and PSU into the Wal-Mart PC and Boom, you got a serious gaming PC

4. Actually most PC's now a days have integrated GPU's capable of running Metro 2033 and Battlefield 3 PC with some eye candy turned on!

*Integrate GPU = GPU built right into the Motherboard, like a GPU on a console*

5. It really is NOT that hard to build a PC.

"This color and shape block is only gonna fit in the same exact color and shape hole"

We all learned this as Pre-Schoolers! (well those of us who have an education)

6. plug it into your TV and as far as price, well $100 more than a console but then again a PC does a 1000 more things other than play games!

Ghost_of_Tsushima1940d ago (Edited 1940d ago )

I know it simple to build one I'm talking about price wise. To usually max games out you spend out the ass $300 for an i7, $300 for a Geforce 660Ti, etc. it adds up quickly!

Yes I'm a graphics whore:)

LAWSON721940d ago

Maybe if you play on a very high res because my 6850 can handle pretty much any game maxed out with at least 4xaa on 720p

sonicsidewinder1940d ago


Great for people who want to centralise their gadgets.

That's what I do. 360, PS3, and PC all hooked up to one 24 inch TV. Not too big for sitting up close.

But this would be good for the folks who want to lounge.

BiggCMan1940d ago

I chuckled cuz my computer monitor is 24 inches itself XD Believe it's nothing to worry about sitting up close for. Many people have 27 inch monitors or bigger, that's the size of a television for a dorm room or something haha. Monitors are getting big lately.

FragMnTagM1940d ago

I am just fine with my 24inch monitor.

I have a huge very nice and big 3DTV, but I prefer my monitor. I have an XBOX and my PC hooked up to it, fine for me.

I use the TV for 3D movie watching and have another XBOX hooked up to that with a PS3 too.

I spend most of my time on my 24inch monitor.

SP3333D-O1940d ago

This is a great idea. Now, if only Windows 8 supported a 360 controller for navigating the Windows 8 and Windows 7 interfaces. Then I could just power on the PC and sit down on the couch with the controller, and it would be as convenient as a console.

BiggCMan1940d ago

I think gaming on my computer is already more convenient than a console. First off, you're using a mouse, it's much quicker than navigating through a bunch of stuff on a console because you click exactly what you want, whereas with console, you have to scroll all the time with the dpad/analog stick. And second, game switching is instantaneous compared to consoles. I don't know why you would want to navigate the large desktop interface of Windows 7, Windows 8 I understand because it's boxy, but for 7 doesn't make sense at all.

NeoTribe1939d ago (Edited 1939d ago )

The hell are u talking about? Game switching is the same for pc as it is for consoles. Take disk out, put disk in. Not sure how or why u have complications with navigating menus with a joystick or dpad.... how do u missclick with a dpad or joystick when using a console.... man I hope your pc came with a bright yellow helmet with reflectors on it cuz u seem to be alittle slow.

shutUpAndTakeMyMoney1940d ago

Dude steam updates my games in the background while I play or I can choose not to update and still play unlike consoles. Convenience of a console is plug and turn on not plug and play anymore. PC is very convenient.

SP3333D-O1940d ago

Don't get me wrong; I'm a PC gamer. It's just that when I choose to play on the big screen, it would be nice not to have to drag the keyboard, mouse, AND controller to the other room (unless I want to).

dirthurts1940d ago

I used Steam on my big screen (47 considered big these days??) and it works well enough. I just switch from lists view to images and browser away. Text is tiny though :/

DeadlyFire1940d ago

Well that's the point of Big Picture mode is to fix the resolution so that text is normal size for the screen. :P