Steam Big Picture mode trailer lists features, watch it here

Monday, 10th September 2012 16:22 GMT By Dave Cook

Steam Big Picture mode has received a trailer from Valve, outlining all the possibilities of its new TV gaming service. The clip stresses that it was designed with controllers in mind, and underlines Valve’s desire to see people playing their Steam catalogue in the living room.

We reported on today’s Big Picture beta earlier, outlining what Valve’s new mode can do, how it works and more.

Here’s the trailer:

Thanks Kotaku.



  1. dex3108

    Want that beta now :D

    #1 2 years ago
  2. RandomTiger

    Definitely be interested to try this out.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Patrick Garratt

    Um. That’s amazing.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. OlderGamer


    #4 2 years ago
  5. Erthazus

    Yeah, decent console interface.

    I want STEAM console NOW.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. OlderGamer

    When does this become avalible for users?

    #6 2 years ago
  7. RandomTiger

    “a web browser for the TV that doesnt suck”, lol

    #7 2 years ago
  8. RandomTiger

    The site is up now:

    #8 2 years ago
  9. xxJPRACERxx

    Much better than I thought!

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Erthazus

    After that they will absolutely launch a console and I guess it will have different machines.

    something like with Xbox 360 Pro and Arcade versions I think, but the difference here will be in specs. One for the casual audience and another for some serious console gaming.

    Sony, Ninty and MS are definitely scared. Dunno about MS or Ninty cause one have decent software infrastructure and another one have iP’s to survive, Sony on the other hand is in deep shit. Vita shows it.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. OlderGamer

    “Sony on the other hand is in deep shit.”

    I agree with this, alot.

    Sony have been great at cranking out medium and upper quality 1st party exclusives with new to this gen IPs. The problem is that those games haven’t set the sales charts on fire.

    With Vita, Sony showed that they don’t understand what the mass market wants. Or is willing to pay to get it. If PS4 isn’t cheap, Sony could have some real issues.

    I think MS and Nintendo will be just fine.

    If Valve or Apple jump head first into the living room battle, I think it cuts into MS more then it does Nintendo. All just anyones guess and purely speculation at this point tho.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. mrmike2012

    Wow this does seem interesting. It will be so cool if Valve creates a console. I hope it happens.


    Maybe Sony will tap out and exit out the console and portable market completely and then maybe….. we can finally get some peace and quiet from you, from constantly bitching about their products all of the time. You’re obviously a PC gamer out of all of the hardware you own (if you even own anything else) and this article is cater to your hardware of choice. So I ask, was a critical for you to mention the other hardware in this thread?

    #12 2 years ago
  13. fearmonkey

    I’m a big fan of steam so I love this, it will be great for gaming on a projector or large screen :)

    I haven’t spent that much time on Xbox lately, though I need to, as I need to finish syndicate and max payne 3. Steam keeps me away with its sales…

    #13 2 years ago
  14. HeavyD-Love

    FANTASTIC trailer.

    I’m sold.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. mrmike2012


    So true, I’ve been playing sleeping dogs and binary domain on steam, can’t get enough on those games. Steam is becoming my choice for gaming at the moment, that is until the last of us comes out.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. zinc

    Forgive my ignorance, but to get this I assume all I need is a smart tv? Or am I missing something… Like a pc? Er… I really have no clue how this would work :-/

    #16 2 years ago
  17. mrmike2012

    I think you need a pc hooked up to your tv. I builded my own pc not to long ago and I have it hook up to my 51 inch Samsung smart tv. The smart TV has nothing to do with it, at least I don’t think it does.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. xxJPRACERxx

    @16 A smart-tv won’t enable you to play your Steam games and chat with your Steam friends. Also the web-browsing experience with this will be much better.

    edit: All is this really is a new UI especially for TV and control pads. Of course you need a PC.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. OlderGamer

    Yeah, it is a PC thing. My PC often finds itself conected to the TV in my living room. It just depends on what I am playing.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. mrmike2012


    Is it available yet?

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Bojangles

    I don’t get what the big deal is. I’ve been using my PC with a 40″ tv from my sofa for over 6 years now. I can, wirelessly, launch any media I choose or run anything on the PC I choose. I’m not restricted in any way by content only available by a specific content provider.

    The daisy-wheel text input is cute – but it’s not Steam’s invention either.

    It complements my consoles just fine too. This is clearly a move into the space console enjoy but I really don’t see why consoles should care. Look at the cost of entry, for example. They certainly don’t need to be scared. The content is different but aside from that there’s not a lot of overlap. Its like being told “Here’s a new TV channel” and people saying “LOL all those other TV channels are scared now!!”.

    We’re not seeing innovation here, just a particular PC content provider doing that consoles and HTPCs have been doing for years. Marketed as something new.

    This is really bemusing. I’m not hating on this, it just doesn’t seem to be doing anything other than slapping the Steam logo on some pretty common functionality.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. mrmike2012


    I agree, just like 18 stated it’s just an improvement to the UI that looks more user friendly to the consumer. I don’t mind the web browser in the ps3, but it’s a feature I can do without, because if I want to surf the web, I just use my PC. So yes it’s definitely is not anything new, it’s just an improvement.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Takeshi

    I played Sleeping Dogs on my TV. It was such a nice experience rather than being cramped over my laptop and getting back-pains after several hours. With a controller of course. If this feature makes it easier to do it then I am happy as hell. My TV has a limit of 1080i although when I connect my laptop to it the highest resolution it can show is 1024×576. Also, had to run Sleeping Dogs in windowed mode although with that I was able to do 1280×720 which was much nicer.

    I only live in one room at the moment so this won’t revolutionize my gaming, but I can definitely see how it would be great.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. xino

    “world’s first person browser”

    wtf!? PS3 Browser can do all that.

    and I don’t get this Big Picture.
    what exactly is it?
    a browser like Google tv?
    like Onlive?

    what is this exactly?

    #24 2 years ago
  25. zinc

    @24 Please don’t compare the PS3 browser to something Steam can offer. The PC elite are likely to spontaneously self combust in indignation :-)

    #25 2 years ago
  26. Kabby

    Do a review of it Dave. Would be good for a few hits I’m sure.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. OlderGamer

    I second what Kabby said. Dave you need to review this. Alot of people aren’t getting a clear picture of what it is.

    In a nut shell xino it is a new UI for Steam. It makes the service bigger, more readable, and fully workable with a controler. So you can sit on your couch and play your PC games.

    And it looks VERY good.

    #27 2 years ago

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