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Big Picture mode coming to Steam

by on20 August 2012

No plans for a Valve console yet

The optimized version of Steam for your HDTV called Steam Big Picture mode will launch in Beta starting in early September. Originally, the Big Picture mode for Steam was announced as in development back in spring of last year. The announcement triggered multiple rumors of a potential Valve Steam-based console, but Valve claims that again they have no plans to release a console at this time.

The Big Picture mode will feature a version of Steam that can be navigated with a gamepad and will be viewable with larger fronts and graphics that are more suitable for your HDTV. Of course, while you can opt to control Steam in the Big Picture mode with your gamepad, you can also use a mouse and a keyboard, if you like.

Despite all of the rumors, Valve insists that the decision to deliver the Big Picture has nothing to do with the possibility of a Valve-style PC console all-in-one that would run Steam. Sources are telling us a different story, however, and suggest that Valve will be measuring the response to the Big Picture mode closely; and if it proves popular, who knows what Valve might offer next.

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