Steam Big Picture Beta Begins

The Steam Big Picture Page has word that the Windows beta for this new mode is now underway. "PC gaming continues to be the leading edge of entertainment, whether it's social gaming, MMOs, graphics hardware, free-to-play, or competitive gaming," said Gabe Newell, president of Valve. "With Big Picture for Steam, we are trying to do our part to give customers and developers what they want - their games, everywhere, optimized for the environment in which they are playing."
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Re: Steam Big Picture Beta Begins
Sep 10, 2012, 20:46
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Re: Steam Big Picture Beta Begins Sep 10, 2012, 20:46
Sep 10, 2012, 20:46
 
I am posting this using the daisy wheel. Feels good, man. Exciting new developments in lazy fatassery happening as we speak.

Really hope they develop this text entry model further.
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Re: Steam Big Picture Beta Begins
Sep 10, 2012, 20:52
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Re: Steam Big Picture Beta Begins Sep 10, 2012, 20:52
Sep 10, 2012, 20:52
 
Why don't they just add a scale UI function to the existing steam client? Wireless mouse/kb.
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Re: Steam Big Picture Beta Begins
Sep 10, 2012, 20:58
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Re: Steam Big Picture Beta Begins Sep 10, 2012, 20:58
Sep 10, 2012, 20:58
 
I think they want an interface you can control with just a controller. UI that scales would be a nice addition as well.
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Re: Steam Big Picture Beta Begins
Sep 10, 2012, 21:03
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Re: Steam Big Picture Beta Begins Sep 10, 2012, 21:03
Sep 10, 2012, 21:03
 
This is awesome right here. Games just need to support it, like Skyrim for instance, which still needs a mouse to get through the launcher.
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Re: Steam Big Picture Beta Begins
Sep 10, 2012, 21:11
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Re: Steam Big Picture Beta Begins Sep 10, 2012, 21:11
Sep 10, 2012, 21:11
 
Gabe bought OnLive?
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Re: Steam Big Picture Beta Begins
Sep 10, 2012, 21:41
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Re: Steam Big Picture Beta Begins Sep 10, 2012, 21:41
Sep 10, 2012, 21:41
 
But you still need a pc to play right?
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Re: Steam Big Picture Beta Begins
Sep 10, 2012, 22:26
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Re: Steam Big Picture Beta Begins Sep 10, 2012, 22:26
Sep 10, 2012, 22:26
 
Overon wrote on Sep 10, 2012, 21:41:
But you still need a pc to play right?

Yes.
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Re: Steam Big Picture Beta Begins
Sep 11, 2012, 01:18
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Re: Steam Big Picture Beta Begins Sep 11, 2012, 01:18
Sep 11, 2012, 01:18
 
I'm love this so far...thinking about putting together a dedicated PC for the living room -- think i have a spare CPU and a 570gtx laying around. Good job Valve now if you could get full linux support up and running I would be forever grateful

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Re: Steam Big Picture Beta Begins
Sep 11, 2012, 01:49
Jay
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Re: Steam Big Picture Beta Begins Sep 11, 2012, 01:49
Sep 11, 2012, 01:49
Jay
 
The Big Picture mode was laggy and took forever to load anything, so I disabled automatic proxy as per reddit's advice - and what a difference! Everything loads instantly and super snappy.
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Re: Steam Big Picture Beta Begins
Sep 11, 2012, 02:19
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Re: Steam Big Picture Beta Begins Sep 11, 2012, 02:19
Sep 11, 2012, 02:19
 
Tried it. How about UI scale for the regular steam client, please. That is all that is needed for PC users.
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Re: Steam Big Picture Beta Begins
Sep 11, 2012, 02:31
Prez
 
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Re: Steam Big Picture Beta Begins Sep 11, 2012, 02:31
Sep 11, 2012, 02:31
 Prez
 
Personally I think this has the potential to be huge. One of the things I keep hearing from console gamers (many of whom are ex-pc gamers) is that they prefer playing their games on a TV sitting on a couch. There are still a lot of tweaks that need to be made and further things that need to be implemented before it is ready for primetime, but if done correctly this could be the move that eliminates that complaint.

For the time being, personally I want to stick to my monitor, but 'Big Picture' coupled with Valve's own PC might be the fresh new angle of playing PC games that gets a whole lot more people playing in the PC space. A bigger audience means more developers making PC games which can only be a good thing.

Kudos to Valve for continuing to try new and exciting things to advance our favorite gaming platform. Even if Big Picture or the new 'Steam PC' ends up a dud, at least they are making serious attempts at advancing the platform while other devs and publishers once dedicated to the PC run to console-land.

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Re: Steam Big Picture Beta Begins
Sep 11, 2012, 05:17
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Re: Steam Big Picture Beta Begins Sep 11, 2012, 05:17
Sep 11, 2012, 05:17
 
I'm using it simply because I couldn't see the regular UI from 10 feet on my 37inch HDTV, so yeah....it certainly cleared that up.

I also like its design and how fast it moves (I don't get everyone whining about it being laggy, maybe they need to get off of dial-up) so no complaints here.

I was amazed at how well it used my KB+M, since I figured it was designed for a controller. OVerall, a 10/10 for me.
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Re: Steam Big Picture Beta Begins
Sep 11, 2012, 06:24
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Re: Steam Big Picture Beta Begins Sep 11, 2012, 06:24
Sep 11, 2012, 06:24
 
ledhead1969 wrote on Sep 11, 2012, 02:19:
Tried it. How about UI scale for the regular steam client, please. That is all that is needed for PC users.

Submit a support ticket.
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Re: Steam Big Picture Beta Begins
Sep 11, 2012, 07:37
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Re: Steam Big Picture Beta Begins Sep 11, 2012, 07:37
Sep 11, 2012, 07:37
 
Prez wrote on Sep 11, 2012, 02:31:
Personally I think this has the potential to be huge. One of the things I keep hearing from console gamers (many of whom are ex-pc gamers) is that they prefer playing their games on a TV sitting on a couch. There are still a lot of tweaks that need to be made and further things that need to be implemented before it is ready for primetime, but if done correctly this could be the move that eliminates that complaint.

For the time being, personally I want to stick to my monitor, but 'Big Picture' coupled with Valve's own PC might be the fresh new angle of playing PC games that gets a whole lot more people playing in the PC space. A bigger audience means more developers making PC games which can only be a good thing.

Kudos to Valve for continuing to try new and exciting things to advance our favorite gaming platform. Even if Big Picture or the new 'Steam PC' ends up a dud, at least they are making serious attempts at advancing the platform while other devs and publishers once dedicated to the PC run to console-land.

The two issues are still that the games don't have UIs for big screen, and the entire cost issue. Yes, I know, for lots of people there is no cost issue because they already have the computer near the TV, or because they have plenty of money to burn, or because they're smart enough to build a cheap PC with an old graphics card that can still run most games, but that's not most of the general population.

Most of the general population is cheap, poor and lazy. They have exactly 1 computer and it's a Dell or Mac with a shitty integrated graphics card purchased from Best Buy. They'll stick with consoles until replacing them with a new game changing form factor. It absolutelyw on't be a desktop.
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Re: Steam Big Picture Beta Begins
Sep 11, 2012, 07:59
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Re: Steam Big Picture Beta Begins Sep 11, 2012, 07:59
Sep 11, 2012, 07:59
 
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Re: Steam Big Picture Beta Begins
Sep 11, 2012, 08:14
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Re: Steam Big Picture Beta Begins Sep 11, 2012, 08:14
Sep 11, 2012, 08:14
 
Crustacean Soup wrote on Sep 10, 2012, 21:03:
This is awesome right here. Games just need to support it, like Skyrim for instance, which still needs a mouse to get through the launcher.

Then get a wireless mouse. Seriously, I like Big Picture and all but I have a bad feeling about giving companies more of a reason to release crappy consolized ports.
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Re: Steam Big Picture Beta Begins
Sep 11, 2012, 08:45
Verno
 
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Re: Steam Big Picture Beta Begins Sep 11, 2012, 08:45
Sep 11, 2012, 08:45
 Verno
 
Another new feature in the beta client, kinda hidden:

http://i.imgur.com/lWveu.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/KnJnq.png

Finally per application space sorting.

Gibbed was talking about it in IRC last night:

Apparently you can get it to appear by running Steam with -dev commandline arg then using the install_folder_ui command. It's in the beta client update. Used space sorts horribly though. It sorts by text rather than value.

So it's obviously still in testing but it appears to be a major feature coming soon.

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Re: Steam Big Picture Beta Begins
Sep 11, 2012, 09:11
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Re: Steam Big Picture Beta Begins Sep 11, 2012, 09:11
Sep 11, 2012, 09:11
 
Verno wrote on Sep 11, 2012, 08:45:
Another new feature in the beta client, kinda hidden:

http://i.imgur.com/lWveu.jpg

Finally per application space sorting.

About time!
That's a great addition, but a bafflingly slow to market one.
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Re: Steam Big Picture Beta Begins
Sep 11, 2012, 10:18
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Re: Steam Big Picture Beta Begins Sep 11, 2012, 10:18
Sep 11, 2012, 10:18
 
hehehe, not that I care, as I don't need the Big Picture thing, as I can just hookup my pc to my tv, but I get

"steam big picture is not supported on your platform"

What platforms does Steam Big Picture mode support?

The Big Picture beta update is currently available on any PC running Windows Vista, 7 or 8. Hardware requirements for the beta can be found here. Mac OS X support for Big Picture mode is coming soon.

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Re: Steam Big Picture Beta Begins
Sep 11, 2012, 10:19
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Re: Steam Big Picture Beta Begins Sep 11, 2012, 10:19
Sep 11, 2012, 10:19
 
Beamer wrote on Sep 11, 2012, 09:11:
Verno wrote on Sep 11, 2012, 08:45:
Another new feature in the beta client, kinda hidden:

http://i.imgur.com/lWveu.jpg

Finally per application space sorting.

About time!
That's a great addition, but a bafflingly slow to market one.


Yea that is annoying that everythign was going to the Steam directory.
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