Valve releases Steam Big Picture: TV optimised PC gaming

Want to play all your favourite Steam games from the comfort of your sofa but don’t want to use a mouse and keyboard? Big Picture is here to help.

Valve is just about to release its latest creation; a TV and game controller optimised version of Steam that makes it easy to browse your games, buy new games, chat to friends, browse the web and of course play games all while sat back watching TV and using a games controller.

The new interface includes ‘the world’s first first-person browser’ which Valve claims makes surfing the web using a controller really easy.

It also has a games controller optimised typing interface called the Daisywheel. This has letters and numbers arranged in a flower shape with each petal containing four characters. This makes it quick and easy to select the right petal using the controller’s D-pad then even easier to select the precise character using the four buttons of your controller (square, circle, triangle, cross or A, B, X, Y).

You can also just use a mouse and keyboard like you would with Steam’s normal interface but with Big Picture the easy option is now available.

Big Picture isn’t a new piece of hardware or an app for another games console. It is still just regular Steam running on a regular PC, so you will need to plug a PC into your TV to get up and running.

Launching tonight, Big Picture will be a free download for all Steam users.

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