GDC 2011: Valve Unveils Steam Big Picture Mode
Valve Software will use this week’s Game Developers Conference to unveil its attempt to conquer the living room with Steam’s Big Picture Mode.
Big Picture Mode will offer gamepad support and navigation designed not for the monitor, but the family television.
With Steam spreading its wings from PC – launching for Mac last year, and the PlayStation 3 release of Portal 2 featuring Steamworks support – Valve sees the living room as the logical next step.
Valve’s marketing VP Doug Lombardi said: “Our partners and customers have asked us to make Steam available in more places. With the introduction of Steam on the Mac, and soon in Portal 2 on the PS3, we’ve done just that. 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.”
The firm will shed more light on its plans during this week’s GDC. It will also be sharing the initial results of the micropayments system, Steam Microtransactions, that it launched within Team Fortress 2 last year.
"Steam continues to define itself as more than a digital distribution service by regularly adding new features for developers and customers," said Jason Holtman, director of business development. “GDC is a great venue for us to share what we’re up to, and what’s on the horizon for Steamworks. Plus, it’s a great opportunity for us to gather feedback from partners, to help inform our plans.”