Steam will soon be accessible on more than just PCs and Macs. The first step was including Steam support in the PS3 release of Portal 2. The next step is something Valve is calling big picture mode. This new feature will enable players to experience Steam on televisions.
The only details about this feature were provided in a press release.
“With big picture mode, gaming opportunities for Steam partners and customers become possible via PCs and Macs on any TV or computer display in the house,” said Valve’s Doug Lombardi.
The only thing we can do at this point is speculate. The press release said Steam on TVs will be made possible via PCs and Macs. This suggests Valve isn’t referring to a standalone application that wouldn’t rely on a computer. Controller support for big picture mode is also a feature Valve will speak about this week during the Game Developer Conference.
The most important unknown piece of information is whether big picture mode will work for anyone with a PC and TV without purchasing additional equipment.
Whatever Valve has planned, it will make sure that Steam has a user-friendly TV interface. We expect to see some cosmetic changes made to the big picture mode version of Steam.