The anticipated, and very much mysterious, Steam UI update we’ve been hearing about will also refresh Big Picture mode.
The Steam UI overhaul, which Valve never officially announced but was discussed as recently as earlier this month, is not the only thing in the works at Valve.
Speaking at a recent developer event in Barcelona, Valve talked about a couple of other features it’s also working on. The first is an upgrade to Steam’s Big Picture mode.
Big Picture is a UI designed specifically to make the Steam UI easier to navigate with with controllers, for people who prefer to play PC games on a big screen.
It never really received any meaningful changes since it first launched back in 2012, however, so it’s about time. Toni Domínguez, one of the developers who attended the event, revealed on Twitter (via PCGamesN) that Valve is also working on a calendar for games.
Through it, developers will be able to schedule in-game events like double XP weekends, and mark future patch release dates, developer livestreams and so on. Finally, Domínguez added that Valve is working on a “better implementation for Steam Reviews,” though it’s not clear how this will manifest itself for Steam users.
Yes, indeed. According to them, they're working on a calendar for games (to introduce scheduled updates, livestreams or special XP weekends, for a specific title), a new interface for Big Picture Mode and a better implementation for Steam Reviews.
— Toni Domínguez (@AlegreDominguez) January 24, 2018
As ever, there are no official details available just yet, but you can be sure Valve will talk about all of these features closer to release, as the developer tends to do.