by Mike Bendel on September 10, 2012 @ 12:10 pm
It’s been a long time coming, but Steam’s TV-tailored Big Picture Mode is finally available for the masses to try out. Valve announced that the feature has now entered open beta. It’ll be available “later today.” In order to gain access, simply connect your PC or Mac to a TV.
As its name implies, Big Picture Mode features a UI designed from the ground-up for television sets. Valve has went the extra mile for the comfy couch crowd, as nearly every aspect of Steam is accessible from a game controller. Even Steam’s built-in web browser has been redesigned specifically for TVs. The mode also includes a new method of typing with a game controller — useful for entering URLs, filling out forms, chatting, and other functions.
Many folks often cite ease of use as being a key factor for gaming on consoles over PC. Seeing as Big Picture Mode fully negates the need for any mouse clicks while simplifying various UI elements, we can definitely see this converting some folks over.
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