Steam Big Picture Mode officially launches, Steam holds sale to celebrate

Steam Big Picture Sale

By on December 4, 2012 at 1:21 pm

Steam’s Big Picture Mode, designed to allow you to play your high-powered PC games on the big screen of your comfortable loungeroom, has now officially left beta. You can now find it in the top-right corner of your Steam client, ready to deploy once you’re all hooked up.

To celebrate, Steam are having a sale on their “most controller friendly” games, including Mark of the Ninja for $10, Portal 2 for $5, Left 4 Dead 2 for $4.99, and Space Marine (which plays much better with a controller) for $7.50. Hit up the link for all the deals.

If you’re looking at putting together a new small-form PC to take advantage of Big Picture Mode, why not check out this build guide?

Source: Thanks, Spkypwnsuall!

19 comments (Leave your own)

Remind me again how this is any different from me plugging my pc into my television? Is it a wireless app for internet televisions?

 

Just a better ui, that is controllable with your controller. Still have to plug the PC into the tv. I just run a HDMI cable under the house, works fine.

 

Would be better if you could play multiple games on the same account at the same time

 
spkypwnsuall

imcloughy11,

I’ve been tempted to, I really must admit it has been so tempting for me.

brat81,

Why. Just why.

But most importantly, a new reason for sales! Yaay!

 

That’s my biggest issue, the fact that you can’t use the same account on the laptop connected to the TV and your main PC simultaneously. I can see why they wouldn’t let you do it, but it’s inconvenient when you have your gf wishing to play something on the TV while you’re on the PC. I’ve resorted to having a TV only Steam account and the games I wish to play on the TV I purchase on that account.

 
spkypwnsuall

nirvesta,

Offline mode works pretty well man, just backup your saves in case steam sync goes strange on you.

 

Big Picture mode works pretty damn well, and is sweet to control via a gamepad

 

the first step towards total world domination..

 

I think everyone’s missing the most important part of this update. YOU CAN FINALLY CHOOSE YOUR INSTALLATION LOCATION HUZZAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Seriously who cares about this big picture nonsense? FINALLY being able to choose your install location is the real meat of this update. :D

But seriously people say Steam is so great and it takes them this long to put in something so simplistically basic? /le sigh

 
spkypwnsuall

exe3,

Well, its got good deals, good features (steam overlay is amazingly useful) and its generally pretty easy to use. Its the best DRM, if there is such a thing.
When they put in download priorities and throttling, then I’ll be happy(er)

 

TBH I just need a scheduler… And the ability to clear the damn download window.

 

spkypwnsuall,

Just because they do some things well and it’s better than the other trash that’s out there doesn’t make it fundamentally a good system.

 

exe3,

Well said exe3. One of the few things you’ve said that I agree with. Have a cookie.

 

exe3:
spkypwnsuall,

Just because they do some things well and it’s better than the other trash that’s out there doesn’t make it fundamentally a good system.

Also doesn’t make it better when it’s the most establised. Similar in scenario to iTunes, and the App Store, from Apple, where it’s not the best, just well established.

 

kipjib: Also doesn’t make it better when it’s the most establised. Similar in scenario to iTunes, and the App Store, from Apple, where it’s not the best, just well established.

Except in the case of Itunes it’s obviously a piece of shit.

 

exe3:
I think everyone’s missing the most important part of this update. YOU CAN FINALLY CHOOSE YOUR INSTALLATION LOCATION HUZZAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

?? Are we talking about individual games or steam as a whole? I’ve been installing Steam to a custom directory for years now.

 

bradcube,

INDIVIDUAL STEAM GAMES BABY WOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

exe3:

Been doing that for years. What ya do is get a copy of the game and install it manually while specifying the directory. Then run it (it’ll want to connect to steam if it’s steam native) and it hooks into steam. Don’t need to use the Common folder then ;)

Having said that I do use the common folder as Steam has it’s own Hard Drive. Takes up too much space on other drives :D

 

my steam also has its own 1 TB HD.
First world problems:
I have to keep deleting games because I’m too stingy to buy expensive hard drives :(

 
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