Steam's BIG PICTURE UI out today

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  • StooMonster 10 Sep 2012 10:14:40 19 posts
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    There's an interview with Valve in the New York Times from Saturday, that says Steam's Big Picture UI mode is out "on Monday".

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/09/technology/valve-a-video-game-maker-with-few-rules.html
  • bad09 10 Sep 2012 15:48:11 7,740 posts
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    Yeah just saw this on RPS. Nice, gonna book in some big TV time later on and give it a whirl.

    Been waiting eagerly for this, it's such a tiny tiny thing but switching games without taking the mouse and keyboard with me will be good. Not the biggest DRM fan but Steam is a good one at least for features...mega cheap games mostly to be fair but nice features to.. :)
  • Deleted user 10 September 2012 16:13:58


    http://steampowered.com/bigpicture/

    Edited by Mr-Brett at 18:15:30 10-09-2012
  • onestepfromlost 10 Sep 2012 16:20:02 2,566 posts
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    would be nice shame my pc isnt in my living room.
  • bad09 10 Sep 2012 16:21:07 7,740 posts
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    Ooh a pad based browser that isn't shit. Bold claim :) Looks cool though.

    Probably will go live after 6pm here (UK), probably won't get the telly until late anyway.
  • warlockuk 10 Sep 2012 16:32:40 19,389 posts
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    Seems interesting, though my main PC isn't connected to a TV. Could be handy.
  • Deleted user 10 September 2012 16:43:04
    My pc is situated behind my plasma, Steam already on it. I also already use an Xbox controller. Remind me what the benefit of this is again?
  • bad09 10 Sep 2012 16:48:33 7,740 posts
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    CaptainQuint wrote:
    My pc is situated behind my plasma, Steam already on it. I also already use an Xbox controller. Remind me what the benefit of this is again?
    Er how do you use Steam with a controller? :)

    It's no magical Steam changing thing it's just using Steam from a pad and a mode better designed for the big telly. Sure you could use a mapper for the control anyway but I've found they mess with games when running even just a windows profile.
  • mikew1985 10 Sep 2012 16:50:50 14,385 posts
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    Video looks good, hopefully I can access this beta this evening.

    interface looks nice and clean.
  • richardiox 10 Sep 2012 17:59:40 6,739 posts
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    Surely you need a mouse and or a keyboard to open up steam in the first place? Can't see how you could just have a PC linked to your HDTV without M&K.
  • mikew1985 10 Sep 2012 18:09:25 14,385 posts
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    you could have steam start with the pc and have it boot straight to the library and big picture mode.

    It would be awkward in a traditional pc use case but it would work fine for some people.
  • Deleted user 10 September 2012 18:09:35
    I don't unless I'm playing games, that's the whole point of this.
  • Fake_Blood 10 Sep 2012 18:10:12 7,393 posts
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    Put steam.exe in the startup folder?
  • bad09 10 Sep 2012 18:16:18 7,740 posts
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    richardiox wrote:
    Surely you need a mouse and or a keyboard to open up steam in the first place? Can't see how you could just have a PC linked to your HDTV without M&K.
    Yeah, and of course if modding or fiddling about to make things work you still will, but a lot works from start and once you've flicked over and sat down that's it. No need to get up, no need to drag the K&M over with you. Simple thing that's all.

    I think people are believing it to be something wonderful when it's really just an option that's nice to have if you game on a telly a lot.
  • oceanmotion 10 Sep 2012 19:01:55 17,202 posts
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    Windows 8 and it's Modern UI with Steam as a tile and wait for it...Kinect 2.0 or maybe Smartglass on your phone or tablet to select the steam tile.
  • dominalien 10 Sep 2012 19:10:20 8,225 posts
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    Fake_Blood wrote:
    Put steam.exe in the startup folder?
    Haven't had contact with windows for a while, but how would it work in you replaced explorer with steam as the windows shell in the registry?
  • mikew1985 10 Sep 2012 19:18:27 14,385 posts
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    any ETA on it?

    Quite eager to try it actually.
  • Deleted user 10 September 2012 19:23:55
    All they need to do now is include a media library (local video playback and the like). Then it could be an interesting XBMC replacement.
  • mikew1985 10 Sep 2012 19:42:54 14,385 posts
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    meme wrote:
    All they need to do now is include a media library (local video playback and the like). Then it could be an interesting XBMC replacement.
    This is exactly what I'm thinking.
    Really would tempt me to buy a few extra components and put together a living room box(I currently play on the second TV in my "office").
  • Deleted user 10 September 2012 19:48:06
    It has an apps menu apparently so you can add your favourite media player quite easily. You could easily do the opposite.
  • mikew1985 10 Sep 2012 19:58:13 14,385 posts
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    What do you mean?

    Edit: Obviously I understand the first sentence, not clear on the second part.

    Edited by mikew1985 at 19:58:45 10-09-2012
  • Deleted user 10 September 2012 19:58:38
    A player isn't a library, though.
  • Deleted user 10 September 2012 20:03:22
    Yeah, it's a work around for now though.
  • Deleted user 10 September 2012 20:03:57
    mikew1985 wrote:
    What do you mean?

    Edit: Obviously I understand the first sentence, not clear on the second part.
    Add steam bigpicture to your media players app menu
  • Deleted user 10 September 2012 20:16:50
    Appears to be live.
  • Deleted user 10 September 2012 20:18:34
    Or not. It was live, now it isn't. Either that or my Steam's being weird.
  • oceanmotion 10 Sep 2012 20:22:14 17,202 posts
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    Does it turn your laptop into an 40 inch HDTV if you try it. That would be awesome.
  • Deleted user 10 September 2012 20:25:08
    Damn you, meme!!
  • Deleted user 10 September 2012 20:26:07
    I restarted, it installed an update, I had the Big Picture button. But then it crashed and now I don't.
  • oceanmotion 10 Sep 2012 20:30:07 17,202 posts
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