Steam’s Big Picture Mode Beta to Launch in September

Have you heard of Steam’s big picture mode? First announced last year, Big Picture Mode allows users to easily navigate the steam interface on a large TV screen. Big Picture Mode will be open for beta access in September, as confirmed by product design executive Greg Coomer.

Many steam games play very well with a controller, but even if you have your PC connected to your TV you will need at least a mouse to get the game started. With Big Picture the Steam UI is designed to be used with larger TV’s and with a controller, although you can still use a mouse and keyboard of course. Bringing this new UI to the “lounge” or living room area steam hopes to allow greater accessibility to their digital distribution platform.


“In early 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 GameTrailersTV.

“There are some games are better made with controller input than others, so those will be the best experiences in the living room, but everything will be there so you don’t have to give up your favourite stuff once you walk from the den to the living room.”

That being said Greg insisted while they are trying to bring Steam into the living room there are no plans for a Steam Console. What do you think? Will you use Steam’s Big Picture Mode? Let us know in the comments!

Source: Eurogamer