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Kotaku: Valve Is Bringing Steam To Your TV Today. Watch Out, Consoles.

Today, Valve will launch the beta of Big Picture mode, a version of Steam designed for your television. That's right. The de facto central hub of PC gaming is now designed to run while you're lounging in your living room—and with a controller, no less. I've tried out Big Picture. It's sleek, intuitive, and groundbreaking in several ways.

by Jason Schreier

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ThatDamnGeordie1479d ago

"watch out, consoles"..... really? common you have to get real here consoles arnt going anywhere for alongtime yet. Im a console and pc gamer so i do use steam and yes its a great platform but i do prefer XBL, then you look at the games for instance steam does have a huge choice but they dont have all the huge AA exclusives consoles have, although their choice of indie games is rather nice :P.

Basically in my opinion can stream compete in the home with consoles? yes, will it replace consoles? no.

s45gr321479d ago

This upcoming gen is really the end of videogame consoles. From a business standpoint is expensive nowadays to sell a piece of hardware at a loss.
Now Big Picture Mode will not replace consoles but it will open up the PC gaming market even more. With this is possible that some not all console gamers may switch to a gaming PC.

ArronC071479d ago

It's been the end of consoles since the 90's. First it was laptops, then mobiles, then handhelds, then browsers, then smartphones, then cloud, then iPad, then Steam.... basically it'll be the end of consoles for as long as sites need hits.

In other words, they aren't going anywhere.

shutUpAndTakeMyMoney1479d ago (Edited 1479d ago )

Try to play Planetside 2 or primal carnage on your console.
http://www.youtube.com/watc...
http://www.youtube.com/watc...
Xbl and AAA = 90% third party.

Even xbl is not exclusive to xbox.
http://www.youtube.com/watc...

Xbox can't give you free multiplayer or free cloud saving or free dlc that is on steam & steam workshop content. You even have to pay for Minecraft skins. Why pay for twitter, Bing & youtube?

They killed killer instinct, promot kinect as there there #1 & added perks to there best (competitive) shooter.

They are trying to compete with apple market and nintendo's casual market at the same time so imagine where core gaming will be for xbox in the future.

MS <3? O_o

Once the next red dead comes to pc and it will xbox is not needed. Unless you like the repetitive rotation of the same games.

Not saying you shouldn't prefer xbl but I am just saying it's obviously not the best service and yet they charge for it.

the worst1479d ago

Planetside 2 or primal carnage both trash

Letros1479d ago

Planetside 2 is incredible, so much fun, never seen a game of this scale before.

ThatDamnGeordie1479d ago (Edited 1479d ago )

i didnt mention PS3 aswell but look at the amount of exclusives on there which arnt on the steam platform.

also you say "try to play XXXX on my console" and then go on to bash xbox more trying to imply im a console gamer?

i have a i5 3750k @ 4.6ghz on air

soon to be 16GB of 1600mhz

and a gtx 680 OC?

MAD BRO?

Outside_ofthe_Box1479d ago (Edited 1479d ago )

PC games basically consist of FPS, MMOs, and RTS games. The real single player story driven content are present on consoles. That is what the PC lacks and always will lack because PC gamers are in general multiplayer oriented and therefore pirate (something all PC gamers should be hanged for doing) single player games because they'll "only play it once." Read Dead won't be on the PC or at least it won't be released at the same time as consoles. R* and Take Two aren't foolish so you can kiss your "Once the next red dead comes to pc and it will xbox is not needed." pipe dream good bye.

Consoles have nothing to worry about.

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DeadlyFire1478d ago (Edited 1478d ago )

I can easily see Valve put together a version of Linux + Hardware setup and launch it as mid-High range parts at a decent price.

Fixed hardware question makes me wonder if Valve wants to put out a Linux ARM platform. I don't believe ARM will truely be taken seriously as a PC platform until end 2013 or whenever NVIDIA launches the first PC with 64-bit ARM CPU at desktop level performance.

Microsoft however has slapped Linux away from ever being put on a system with Windows 8 on the ARM hardware as a secondary OS. http://hothardware.com/News...

This could be Valve's aim with Linux support shift. Linux ARM Steam platform + Hardware? Could Valve announce something in the next year? Maybe, but it might not come out until 10 years later with Valve time.

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banditgoon1479d ago

I hope this works great. i want to get into pc gaming, but after failing so miserable at trying to run pc games in the 1990's, i gave up. so hopefully this will give me a second chance.

s45gr321479d ago

That's exactly what happened to me in the nineties, got viruses, malware for running emulators from atari to snes even genesis games. It was a nightmare back then to play PC games. Now is just point and click play.

s45gr321479d ago

That's exactly what happened to me in the nineties, got viruses, malware for running emulators from atari to snes even genesis games. It was a nightmare back then to play PC games. Now is just point and click play.

s45gr321479d ago

That's exactly what happened to me in the nineties, got viruses, malware for running emulators from atari to snes even genesis games. It was a nightmare back then to play PC games. Now is just point and click play.

s45gr321479d ago

That's exactly what happened to me in the nineties, got viruses, malware for running emulators from atari to snes even genesis games. It was a nightmare back then to play PC games. Now is just point and click play.

WrAiTh Sp3cTr31479d ago

Lol, I wish I had that many bubbles to waste...saying the same thing.

On topic...there will always be Mario and hardware specific to that old plumber.

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MilkMan1479d ago

Wow this sure is exci...Zzzzzz

Godmars2901479d ago

Its amazing that people forget that consoles originally came into existence because PCs were both too expensive and too complex for the average consumer. That's changed to a degree, they're more accessible at least, so of course consoles are eventually going to be pushed aside.

Perjoss1479d ago

"too complex for the average consumer."

I don't want to live on this planet anymore

KingMe421478d ago

Can a 12 year old kid play a PC game as easy as he can a console game? Until that happens consoles are not going anywhere. (12 yea rold being my brother)

DudeJets1478d ago

Well my 5 year old can play games on a pc just as easily a console. So maybe your 12 year old brother is lacking a bit in mentality.

Dms20121479d ago

This is nothing new, I have been playing steam on a 46" Sony Bravia for a few years now, with a 360 PC controller. The only difference is the simplified interface.

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