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Steam Announces 'Big Picture' Mode For TV Play

steamtv.jpgGDC is full of little shifts that lead to big changes - that's what happens when you get the greatest minds in a technological industry together. One such shift has just hit the table, and Valve is hoping it will change the prolificity of PC gaming in the household.

As it stands today, the marketing behind console gaming can include four people crowding into a delightfully-feng-shui living room, smiling brightly as they engage each other in fun games like Just Dance or the magnanimous We Play. PC gaming, on the other hand, must necessarily consist of a single player at a desk, unless you're imagining an hours-long LAN setup or the bright spot of keyboard-only games where players must physically mess with each other to win.

No longer, if Valve has their way! The newly-announced 'Big Picture' mode will aim to make it easier to have a dedicated gaming machine in your living room. So far, the only feature that's clear is that the Steam library and store will be navigable by controller, eliminating the need to have a keyboard and mouse handy in order to get somewhere on your PC-TV. Presumably, there will also be some tweaks to fonts and pixel ratios to ensure the best picture on a flatscreen.

There's still the little problem of getting your computer into the TV room without dragging a series of wires, a tower, and at least one peripheral, but I'm sure Valve will have a solution for that soon, too. It may even come with a free TF2 hat!

4 Comments

Shin Gallon said:

This would be nifty if my monitor weren't higher resolution than my TV, and have better speakers to boot. It's a cool idea, I'm just not sure how many people would actually find it useful is all...

sploochy said:

pshaw ive had my compy hooked to my 32 inch flat screen TV since well before netflix became compatible with consoles. besides i think most gamers already have crazy amounts of peripherals whats a snazzy cordless mouse and keyboard gonna change.

I do like the idea of messing with the pixels and aspect ratios. Yes, Borderlands looks amazing in 1080p, but some of the older games are stuck in tiny 640 x 480 windows, which really hurt the eyes.

cerberus635 said:

If all of their games are made to be compatible with higher resolution and especially widescreen TVs then this will be great for me... since I use my 24" TV as my normal pc monitor in 1920 x 1080 resolution.

Theres a few older games I have off steam where each one requires me to change to a different resolution to a) not have it spaz out, turn green, go wobbly etc when starting the game and b) actually look GOOD and be playable. For Morrowind I even had to download a mod just to get it to work in ANY resolution on my TV.

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