Announced in the latest episode of GameTrailers TV.
Next month 'you'll be able to hop into a beta, click a button, and see Steam reformatted for your TV'...
In the latest episode of GameTrailers TV, which was focused on Valve, the company announced more details about the 'mysterious' Big Picture mode for Steam.
Next month, "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," revealed Valve's Greg Coomer.
Here's the official Big Picture Mode description:
And some off-screen pics of it:They’ve got the big screen, now give them the big picture.
It’s time to come out of the den and explore a few more rooms of the house.
Heading to the living room—or anywhere there’s a big screen—is Steam’s soon-to-be-released big-picture mode, offering simple, easy-to-read navigation designed specifically for TV. With full controller support, big-picture mode will let gamers kick back and enjoy their favorite games on the biggest screen in the house.
Steam’s big-picture mode doesn’t require any additional development from you. Just ensure your game works well with a controller, and we’ll take care of the rest. And don’t worry, keyboard and mouse aren’t going anywhere—users will be able to switch between input devices at any time.
This revolution will be televised.
So, stay tuned for the BETA!
NEWS SOURCE #1: Big picture mode beta headed for steam in September (via) Destructoid
NEWS SOURCE #2: Forum Thread #487335 (via) NeoGAF
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