Steam Big Picture Mode releases with sale

Steam's Big Picture mode is out of beta and releasing on time for couch-deforming holiday game sprees. The TV-friendly interface brings with it a new controller-friendly web-browser and a sale to get users started on Steam's games best suited for living room play.

Steamers (we promise to never call Steam users that again) can get 50 to 75 percent off on 37 titles with "Full Controller Support," meaning the games can be experienced from installation to credits without laying a hand on a mouse or keyboard. Couch surfers can even poke around for walkthroughs or animated gifs of cats between rounds with a reticle-based "first-person web browser," and share said cats with friends using the service's unique Daisywheel typing mechanism.

Of course, Big Picture mode is also entirely operable with mouse and keyboard, and can be used at typical computer setups if you'd just like to lean back a bit. Note that it does require Windows Vista or Mac OSX 10.7 or higher to function.


  • thochaos - December 5, 2012 9:10 p.m.

    I like the idea but it still has a long way to go. It seems a lot less stable than the normal interface and several supposedly controller compatible games still required a mouse and or keyboard to do anything. But that aside, I am happy it exists.
  • codzprc - December 4, 2012 3:36 a.m.

    "First first-person web browser" -- because of a reticle? A reticle is an icon, moves around when you move the stick/d-pad.... The Dreamcast had a web browser, but didn't have a crosshair-style icon... GamesRadar feature: Steam Big Picture Browser Vs Dreamcast Web Browser 2.62
  • MaynardJ - December 4, 2012 2:16 a.m.

    Sounds perfect for me and my girlfriend, considering we'd love to play some games against each other or in co-op as long as we can do it in the comfort of my living room. And I have quite a few controller-friendly games that I'd rather play on the couch. But I don't want to move my computer to the TV. It's a Bravia Internet TV and I can add it to my network. Does this suffice, or do I need extra stuff? By the way, congratulations to db1331!
  • christian-shaffer - December 3, 2012 7:15 p.m.

    I was hoping for a discount on Sims 3. It's a game I haven't played, but I have an odd sensation to torture individuals of my imagination. It was probably available during the Autumn sale. Unfortunately, my bank account wasn't ready for that.
  • hestar - December 3, 2012 12:20 p.m.

    Damn,I was hoping dark souls would be on sale for super cheap :(
  • db1331 - December 3, 2012 12:46 p.m.

    Didn't it hit like $25 in the Fall sale just the other week? No worries though, the Xmas sale is just around the corner.
  • db1331 - December 3, 2012 12:18 p.m.

    This is going to be perfect for me. My computer room is becoming a nursery, and rather than trying to cram my desk in somewhere else, I think I will just set my PC beside the TV and play stuff with a controller whenever I can find time. That means no FPS games for a while, but that's ok.
  • Letter11 - December 3, 2012 2:59 p.m.

    You got a little one on the way? Congrats man!
  • gopher1369 - December 4, 2012 5:59 a.m.

    Not just me than? My little one is 2 years old and my computer room and desk got turned into a nursery and cot. PC gaming on a TV in the front room is perfect with a 360 controller + Big Picture mode. And congratulations - you'll love it :)
  • db1331 - December 4, 2012 5:57 p.m.

    Thanks guys. We're having a little boy in March. Giving up my gaming room seems like a small price to pay :-)

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