If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Learn more.

Casting The Couch: Steam's Big Picture Beta Out Today

Tendrils of Steam are preparing to spread throughout homes across the world. With all the talk and rumours of wearable computers, a Steam OS and anything with a '3' in the title, it's been easy to forget about The Big Picture. With an interface designed for television screens, Big Picture will transfer the Steam library to your living room, "or anywhere there’s a big screen", so you can finally play Left 4 Dead on that fifty inch Plasma screen in the bathroom while soaking in the tub. A New York Times feature on Valve drops the information that Big Picture will enter public beta today, although quite how and when specifically is not mentioned. I'm keen to test this out, even though my big screen isn't all that much bigger than my small one.

Although controller support is emphasised on Big Picture's page, Valve do add that "keyboard and mouse aren’t going anywhere — users will be able to switch between input devices at any time." As with any impending beta, my main question concerns the logistics of this implementation. Will I be allowed to indulge in a bit of big screen strategic action while reclining on the couch with a glass of red wine? Will my cramped living quarters put me at an advantage for once because my computer is only a few feet from my television? Will Planetside 2 look really really awesome on a massive TV?

Answers to those questions and others as soon as more details are known. In the meantime, the NYT article is worth reading and if you don't believe me, know that it refers to Gabe Newell as "a bearded bear of a man with John Lennon-style glasses".

Tagged With

Support Rock Paper Shotgun

Sign up today for access to more supporter-only articles, an ad-free reading experience, free gifts, and game discounts. Your support helps us create more great writing about PC games.

See more information

Comments

We love having a friendly, positive and constructive community - you lot are great - and we want to keep it like that. Our main commenting rule is "be excellent to each other". Please see our code of conduct, where you can find out what "be excellent" means. TL;DR? Respect others, think before you post, and be prepared for puns.

More News

Latest Articles

We've been talking, and we think that you should wear clothes

Total coincidence, but we sell some clothes

Rock Paper Shotgun Merch