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Steam Big Picture Mode Launches

Steam News Announces the new Big Picture mode is now available, permitting easier access to Steam games on televisions. They kick this off with a celebration sale where you can "save big on Steam's controller-friendliest games." Here's word:

Access to the complete Steam store is included, as is the Steam Community. Big Picture is available worldwide in over twenty languages, including German, French, Russian, Korean, and Portuguese.

Gamers’ existing games are all available in Big Picture. In addition to having the complete library of Steam games, each user's cloud files, Steam Workshop content, account information and preferences will be accessible automatically in the new mode.

Steam gamers may easily experience Big Picture on their televisions by connecting their PC or Mac, typically with a single HDMI cable. Big Picture also includes a new web browser designed for televisions and game controllers. It is accessible from anywhere within the Big Picture UI, and even while playing Steam games on a TV. It supports Big Picture's new method of typing with a gamepad, which is useful for entering URLs, filling out forms, chatting, and other functions.

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50. Re: Steam Big Picture Mode Launches Dec 4, 2012, 17:44 Krizzen
 
I think they're onto something. If there is any way to hammer out some better multi-monitor support, I could totally see running both your "home computer" and your "gaming system" on a single PC. In this way, mom or dad can do their facebooking and grownup tasks on the actual PC while the kids play Steam.

I think this would be possible because CPU core count is going up, and typical CPU utilization of games rarely goes over 80% because perfect parallelism is near impossible to achieve.

Clearly there are some underlying OS issues, namely that of Windows multi-monitor support and perhaps using multiple keyboards and other HIDs. This could be why they're experimenting with Linux. Of course, this is all wild speculation, but I don't think it's out of the realm of possibility.
 
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