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Big Picture Mode brings Steam to tellys

Controller support and TV navigation, too.

Steam is about to hit living room tellys, Valve has announced.

Big Picture Mode enables Valve's digital download service to beam directly onto any TV or computer display in the home via a PC or Mac.

It'll also offer controller support and navigation designed for television interaction.

"Big picture mode will enable gamers to enjoy Steam and their library of Steam games on more screens throughout the house," Valve said. Further details are expected during the Game Developers Conference this week.

"Our partners and customers have asked us to make Steam available in more places," marketing boss Doug Lombardi offered. "With the introduction of Steam on the Mac, and soon in Portal 2 on the PS3, we've done just that."

Steam enjoys a whopping 30 million active subscribers. The PlayStation 3 version of upcoming mind-bending first-person puzzler Portal 2 features Steamworks integration and cross-platform play with the PC and Mac versions. World domination is expected by 2020. The launch of Half-Life 2: Episode 3 will then follow.

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