Posts Tagged ‘steam: big picture’

Bigger Picture: Valve Hardware Beta To Begin Next Year

The number one selection criteria for the beta will be that you have an exceedingly blue and atmospherically lit room.

Valve’s designing its own hardware. This has been known – in various forms – for quite some time. But, more and more, it sounds like Gabe Newell’s mighty lair in the (kinda occasionally) frigid wastes of Bellevue, Washington is converting into full-on Santa’s magical toy shop mode. Admittedly, wearable computing‘s still the stuff crazy future fever dreams are made of, but in the meantime, Valve’s churning out prototypes right and left. Its goal? “To make Steam games more fun to play in your living room.” And, according to a new report, a lucky few of us will get to continue Steam’s slow-but-sure conquest of our homes as soon as next year.

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You Can Try Out Steam’s Big Picture Mode Right Now

Also usable by psychic pets.

It’s here! It’s finally here! After ages of waiting, I thought all hope was lost. I figured we’d have to keep viewing Steam on the humblest of screens: magnifying-glass-worthy monitors, puny laptops, screen doors. But now – after having its arrival heralded by semi-obscure videogame publication The New York Times – Big Picture’s open to everyone. Granted, it’s still technically in beta, so you’ll have to opt in. After that, though, you’re good to go. And goodness, it’s bringing some neat features to the table. The one in your living room, I mean. Because that’s where televisions live.

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

some kind of tomorrow

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‚Äôs 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.

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