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Steam's Big Picture - Gaming goes to the Big Screen TV (Page 1)

The team behind Half-Life and the Left 4 Dead series launches a new piece of its Steam digital distribution puzzle - Big Picture, destined for big-screen TV.
By Anthony Garreffa on Dec 6, 2012 08:41 am CST
Manufacturer: Steam

Introduction

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I still remember when Steam was first teased, everyone thought it would fail - then it launched, and the Internet was set alight with people bagging it left, right and center. There were jokes made out of the steam picture and the back side of a person - and that it would see a timely death. Well, they were wrong.

Steam is the powerhouse of PC gaming, and one of the only reasons PC gaming is as serious as it is now. Valve has used Steam to launch some fantastic games such as Half-Life 2, Left 4 Dead, Team Fortress 2 and the newer CounterStrike games. Not only that, they allow other developers and companies to release their games on its software, giving them the ultimate power against consoles.

Steam has slowly had its feature set increased, with new features being baked in every few months, but we're here to talk about the latest feature - Big Picture. Big Picture provides a TV-capable user interface that looks great when upscaled on a large TV.

All it requires is for your PC to be hooked up to a TV (or just your normal monitor) and to click Big Picture in the top right hand corner of the Steam window. From here you receive a large UI, capable of looking quite good on a huge TV - a foray into the lounge room, Valve's next logical step.

I used a Samsung 55-inch Smart LED TV and my PC of which parts have been provided by Corsair, Sapphire and ASRock. Let's take a look at what Big Picture is all about.

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Anthony Garreffa

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Anthony Garreffa

Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games to be built around consoles. With FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with high-end, custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU technology is unwavering, and with next-gen NVIDIA GPUs about to launch alongside 4K 144Hz HDR G-Sync gaming monitors and BFGDs (65-inch 4K 120Hz HDR G-Sync TVs) there has never been a time to be more excited about technology.

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