Here's what Steam's Big Picture mode will look like once the Steam Deck UI replaces it

midian182

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In context: The Steam Deck is going to have an impact on the PC industry. Even those who don't buy one will see its effects, especially if they use Steam's Big Picture mode, which is being replaced by the handheld's user interface. Now, we've got our first glimpse of what it will look like.

The shots come courtesy of Pavel Djundik (via PC Gamer), a name you may recognize as the creator of SteamDB. He tweeted that an image of SteamOS 3 leaked, and people are already getting it running on other portable consoles such as the GPD Win 3 and the Aya Neo.

Djundik notes that the images he posted were actually taken on Windows, not the Steam Deck hardware. He does add this is a work-in-progress that originates from the dev kits Valve sent out recently, so there may be some changes in the final version.

Speaking of the dev kits, Valve did say the "engineering verification test builds" are functionally identical to the commercial versions coming at the end of the year.

Back in July, a moderator on the Steam community forums wrote: "Yes, we are replacing Big Picture with the new UI from Deck. We don't have an ETA to share yet though."

Replacing the little-loved Big Picture mode will be welcomed by most Steam users. Announced in 2011 and released in beta 2012, it is designed to give PCs a console-like UI with controller support when connecting to a large TV. The mode hasn't been given a significant refresh since way back in 2015.

The first shipments of the Steam Deck are scheduled to begin in December 2021, but the huge demand has seen Valve change the availability for new pre-orders—most people aren't going to get their handhelds until later next year. The good news is that eBay appears to have carried out its promise to remove Steam Deck pre-orders from the auction site; its policy states that all pre-sales items must ship within 30 days.

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Uncle Al

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Steam can put all the lipstick on their pig but isn´t going to change the fact that they lost so many of the big name companies from their stable because of their outrageous charges. In the beginning they had a good concept but they failed to pay attention to their customers (software creators) and the ever changing marketplace.

Now days, with so many of these companies hosting their own sites, the change of Steam ever recapturing what they had is very, very, slim.
 

Burty117

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Steam can put all the lipstick on their pig but isn´t going to change the fact that they lost so many of the big name companies from their stable because of their outrageous charges. In the beginning they had a good concept but they failed to pay attention to their customers (software creators) and the ever changing marketplace.

Now days, with so many of these companies hosting their own sites, the change of Steam ever recapturing what they had is very, very, slim.
What are you on about? Big names have only been coming back to Steam recently (Microsoft, EA and Amazon Games as examples), I believe Ubisoft have spoken about coming to Steam again if the Steam Deck does well.

I think you need reminding that features like Big Picture mode DO NOT exist on any other store. It's actually a great feature when you use your computer on your TV. It's been needing an update for quite some time now but it's much better than not having the feature at all.
 

NeoMorpheus

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If Steam ever releases a competitor to GamePass or maybe a way to access it from within, it would be insane!

Meanwhile that happens, I will continue using Playnite.