Announced back in February 2011, Valve teased the Steam ‘Big Picture’ mode that would allow users to play all of their favorite Steam games on the big screen. No longer attached to the confines of a pc or laptop, finally being able to bring that Steamy love to any old television set in your house. The ‘Big Picture’ mode will give the gamer the ability to play their favorite Valve titles on the big screen with full controller support as well as navigation for your TV.
Valve has been bringing their popular Steam gaming ecosystem to more than just the PC. With the Mac client launched back in 2010, PS3 support with Portal 2, and the planned cross-platform gaming support between PC/Mac, XBox, PS3 that was to launch with the latest Counter Strike release, Valve is trying to get more and more people involved with the Steam platform.
We have all heard the rumored Valve console, and as we eagerly wait to have that taking the place of our current “next-gen” consoles, the Big Picture mode will be the next best thing. As long as the game you are wanting to play has controller support, nothing would be better than Counter Strike: Source or Team Fortress 2 on 40+ inches of pure HD beauty.
As soon as we can get our hands on the beta, we’ll be sure to leave you with our impressions. I love playing my Valve games on my 27″ iMac, but to get them on my television will be the closest thing to a Steam console, and that will truly beautiful thing.