Steam Big Picture (+ tip of the hat to BM)


#21

So, I love Big Picture mode. I just went out and bought a wired 360 controller to plug into my PC and loaded up steam on the 40 inch to play some Space Marine. It’s really cool. Obviously I will only be using it to play ‘controller friendly’ games such as Space Marine, Just Cause 2, etc. So far, I really like the wheel keyboard thing and the internet browser. I think I actually like the whole thing better than the Xbox dashboard…


#22

Ironic, that Valve would make a really good controller interface that seems to be better then existing console designs, for a PC.

Somebody in the youtube comments asked if plugging it into the TV would make steam run his games better then his mac does :lol:


#23

Another obvious plus for playing PC games on your TV rather than console games is the post-processing available to high-end PC users, like AA and whatnot. Space Marine runs at a buttery smooth high framerate and looks much better than it’s 360 counterpart, but you also get the added comfort of lounging on the couch rather than hunched in a chair.

Big Picture mode definitely has its uses.

My only problem now is that I have to choose between playing on the big screen, or playing in SLI Surround :frowning:


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#25

I just hope this encourages split screen play, a feature that I feel most modern pc games are missing. Hell even console games are starting to abandon it with the developers citing hard where limitations.

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#26

I stopped reading there.


#27

I don’t have a great chair or anything like that, but it’s decent enough that I can basically lay back and almost sit on it like a couch, so this isn’t as much of a problem for me


#28

Yeah, I mostly just like the convenience of a console with the performance of a PC.


#29

So I’m remote into my media centre at home, and it seems to be running well enough. I may have to install an ad block feature as I haven’t got it enabled in my router at the moment. Some of the pop ups are annoying when in a mobile browser.


#30

The wheel-keyboard seems like quite the handy thing, I wonder how soon other companies or developers will pick that up.


#31

Greenlight isn’t rendering properly in it for me.
http://i.imgur.com/nMyAP.png

Edit: Seems to do that on every page, some sort of buffer at the top and bottom.


#32

I for one hope that Microsoft is able to implement it into the Xbox OS. It sucks ass trying to type anything on it as it is now


#33

That’s made on purpose. Same thing happens if you scroll to the bottom of the page. It’s for convenience - you can read top and the bottom in the very middle of your TV :wink:


#34

I’ve been using steam on a large HD in my bedroom for a while now, and for some reason when I saw the video about Big Picture, I assumed they were working on some sort of Valve-console to play PC games in your living room.

Now that I understand what this is, it’s really no change for me, but it might make me start using my gamepad more…


#35

The video even showed it being “clicked”


#36

even better :slight_smile:


#37

Every other console needs to emulate this typing style.