Steam’s Big Picture Is Now Out Of Beta

Steam’s Big Picture Is Now Out Of Beta

It’s official: Steam’s TV-friendly Big Picture mode is now live, out of beta, and ready for your living room. To celebrate, Valve is marking down a bunch of controller-friendly games on Steam.

Games on sale include Left 4 Dead, Limbo and Alan Wake. You can see the whole sale here.

Here’s the full press release, via Valve:

December 3, 2012 — Valve today announced the public release of Big Picture, Steam’s new mode that lets gamers access all of their favorite Steam games on a television from the comfort of their sofa. Big Picture has been designed to be used with a traditional gamepad, while also fully supporting keyboard and mouse input.

To celebrate the public launch of Big Picture, over thirty controller-friendly games will be on sale from now until December 10, with savings up to 75% off.

Access to the complete Steam store is included, as is the Steam Community. Big Picture is available worldwide in over twenty languages, including German, French, Russian, Korean, and Portuguese.

Gamers’ existing games are all available in Big Picture. In addition to having the complete library of Steam games, each user’s cloud files, Steam Workshop content, account information and preferences will be accessible automatically in the new mode.

Steam gamers may easily experience Big Picture on their televisions by connecting their PC or Mac, typically with a single HDMI cable. Big Picture also includes a new web browser designed for televisions and game controllers. It is accessible from anywhere within the Big Picture UI, and even while playing Steam games on a TV. It supports Big Picture’s new method of typing with a gamepad, which is useful for entering URLs, filling out forms, chatting, and other functions.


  • “while also fully supporting keyboard and mouse input.” Have they made this worthwhile yet? Last time I tried it, it was a mess to use with mouse. That was back when the beta was first released though.

  • I hope that this means that we will be able to console exclusive games (Final Fantasy’s) on Steam…

    I would LOVE to not have to buy a console just for those games which I play when I am hungover and don’t have the dexterity for keyboard/mouse.

  • Both my consoles have been gathering dust since I put a HTPC in my home theatre using Valve’s Big Picture mode. This is where it’s at for me now…

    • That feature was added a few betas ago, IIRC, and quite easy to turn on:
      Normal mode: Steam > Settings > Interface tab > Start Steam in Big Picture Mode
      In BPM: Settings -> Account -> Start Steam in Big Picture Mode
      If you need to turn it off manually (if something goes wrong), there’s a launch option, but I can’t remember it right now.

    • You can do it with batch files or other programs.
      I believe there is also a command line option for steam to open in big picture mode, so if steam turn on as startup, that’s all you should need.
      Google it. There are lots of posts about it.

  • Makes 0 difference for me since I have to use the mouse anyway whenever I want to launch a game that has a splash screen…. batman/skyrim/ hitman/ witcher2 so just about all of the games I play…

  • Can anyone recommend any decent gamepads/controllers to use with a mac? I’ve tried the PS3 controller trick, but it tends to only works with some games.

    • Are you sure that’s the controllers fault and not the games? Once the drivers are loaded the OS/games shouldn’t really be able to tell the difference between a PS3 controller and an expensive PC specific controller.

  • Sale for “controller friendliest games” .
    Yet point and click monkey island, rts port royale 3 are on that list.

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