Valve launches Steam's Big Picture mode, celebrates with a sale

By Matthew
Dec 3, 2012
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  1. Valve has announced the public launch of Steam's new TV-oriented "Big Picture" mode, which makes it easier for PC gamers to step away from their desk and enjoy titles from a couch. The new interface was first teased in early...

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  2. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 3,428   +618

    CS:GO is controller friendly? Huh..
  3. psycros

    psycros TechSpot Booster Posts: 694   +211

    No FPS is truly "controller friendly" unless it has auto-aim.
  4. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,881   +351

    which sadly most of them do. plus more. (Bullet magnetism anyone?)
  5. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 3,428   +618

    I was only surprised, because the CS series is widely known for requiring ultra-human reflexes to master. More than other FPS.
  6. Arris

    Arris TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,536   +92

    So "Big Screen" is just a controller friendly Steam interface? Nothing new then. I've been happy enough with keyboard and mouse with my "Big Screen" in the past. Although might take advantage of the sale and grab CS:GO, see what's changed in CS since Source version.
  7. Capaill

    Capaill Newcomer, in training Posts: 82   +13

    Tried it last night on my own monitor (full HD) with a mouse/keyboard. Found it difficult to use. I often clicked on something (eg. Browser) and couldn't figure out how to go back. There was no Back or Home button and Escape didn't seem to do anything. The Store/Library/Community bar at the top disappeared. Ended up hitting everything and somehow got back to the main screen. Checked Options and didn't see anything that would help. Went back to my normal view.

    I guess it is intended for controllers only.
  8. Wagan8r

    Wagan8r TechSpot Guru Posts: 589   +45

    While a game may be gamepad friendly, the other PC gamers you will be playing against won't be. Never bring a gamepad to a mouse fight!
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  9. Jane W.

    Jane W. Newcomer, in training

    Ummm...if you can get your computer near your tv, then just plug your hdmi cable and you've got everything you need. Playing TF2 on a 60" TV screen is pure joy!
  10. m4a4

    m4a4 TechSpot Addict Posts: 516   +137

    I've been doing this for a while...
    It's called making my TV into a second PC monitor................
  11. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,145   +172

    Yeah I initially had trouble too. Restarted steam and more options appeared and ESC started playing a bit nicer. Doesn't appear to be an option to put friends into offline from Big Picture Mode and initially my library didn't appear at all. The screen needs some way to navigate back home easier rather than relying on a HOME key on a 360 controller.
     
  12. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 3,428   +618

    Wait.. are you guys seriously complaining because you can't navigate a TV/controller optimised screen with the traditional board/mouse? It's made to work with the A & B buttons on controller.

    It's an optional skin. Unlike Win8.
    cliffordcooley likes this.
  13. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,810   +1,431

    Even looks better than Win8!!! lol
  14. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,145   +172

    According to http://www.steampowered.com/steamworks/thebigpicture.php

    "And don’t worry, keyboard and mouse aren’t going anywhere—users will be able to switch between input devices at any time."


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