Valve, the company behind popular PC gaming platform Steam, has revealed that it will be making three big announcements this week, starting tonight. A message in the Living Room section of the Steam website states, “Last year, we shipped a software feature called Big Picture, a user-interface tailored for televisions and gamepads. This year we’ve been working on even more ways to connect the dots for customers who want Steam in the living-room. Soon, we’ll be adding you to our design process, so that you can help us shape the future of Steam.”
The website currently shows three mysterious images of circles to tease the announcements. It seems likely that at least one of them will be about the Steam Box, Valve’s ‘console’ that is essentially a readymade PC that’s easier for users to connect to their TVs without worrying about components and upgrades. However, the Steam Box may not actually be a product but rather a concept so that other hardware manufacturers can start making living room friendly PCs as well.
Looking at Valve’s intense focus on making PCs more user-friendly and bringing them into living rooms as an alternative to consoles, it wouldn’t be risky to assume that the other announcements will have a similar air to them as the Steam Box. ‘Big Picture’ came out of beta in December last year and is now a built-in feature in all Steam desktop clients. Enabling the feature provides users with a new interface specially designed for use with a controller, that runs in full-screen with larger icons and fonts. The ‘Big Picture’ mode is targeted at users who want to connect their PCs to an HDTV (like a console) and play games using controllers.
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