Steam's Big Picture Mode Is Now A Lot Nicer

Steam's Big Picture Mode Is Now A Lot Nicer

I've always been a vanilla Steam guy myself, but man, the new Steam Big Picture Mode is slick.

Valve recently released a new beta update primarily focused on Steam Big Picture Mode, with changes running the gamut from subtle to "Good, good. This pleases the Eye Council greatly. We shall rescind our bounty on your miserable planet... for now." The update comes in advance of the upcoming launch of Steam Machines (read: living room boxes) and other associated Steam hardware. Valve pretty clearly wants to transform Big Picture Mode from snoozer of a sideshow to main attraction.

So, the update. In short, it adds heaps of clean, concise functionality where once there was just... this:

Steam's Big Picture Mode Is Now A Lot Nicer

And now? BEHOLD:

Steam's Big Picture Mode Is Now A Lot Nicer

So much more stuff, and it all looks so clean. I'm really digging the bottom tabs, too — especially the "don't forget to play" one. It may not solve Steam's backlog problem, but it's a simple way of reminding people about games they might've forgotten about seconds after dropping $US0.79 on them.

Other elements of pre-update Steam Big Picture Mode were similarly barebones. For instance:

The old game library

Steam's Big Picture Mode Is Now A Lot Nicer

The old Steam store

Steam's Big Picture Mode Is Now A Lot Nicer

The old "friends" portion of the community tab

Steam's Big Picture Mode Is Now A Lot Nicer

The store hasn't changed much, but the other stuff? It's like night and day. Watch this quick video of me navigating the new Big Picture interface to see:


Comments

    This is nice and all, but howabout some bloody touch support? Neither vanilla or Big Picture have decent touch support and it makes using it on hybrid devices a huge hassle.

    How could they have not just let you touch to scroll the way every browser does? That alone would be a 100% improvement.

    Looks cool. As someone who plays PC games with a controller on the TV and uses the Nvidia Shield on occasion, this is a welcome update.

    Why did they remove partial controller support list off big picture mode? Now only full controller support displays.

    They should add information for partial support (e.g. XCOM) which have now dropped off the list and need to be found in the normal game library section. You can't even see controller support information on the game page and actually have to go to the store page to see it. Doesn't make sense.

    Now you just need to support 16 X 10 resolutions, like 1440 X 900 or something X 1024.

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