Steam on HDTV

The best digital distribution service on the Internet, Steam, is looking to set sail to undiscovered territory. After releasing a version of Steam for the Mac last year, the company is now teasing a “big picture” mode that will apparently take Steam into the living room. The basic idea is believed that anyone using Steam could simply connect their PC to a TV, and use their Xbox 360 controller to command the game library on Steam.

As usual, Valve is being very tight lipped about this new project and released very little information thus far on the subject at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco. To this date, Valve has stated  “controller support and navigation designed for television interaction,” and it will allow players to “enjoy Steam and their library of Steam games on more screens throughout the house.”

Several people who still think PC gaming is dying believe this to be Valve’s way of keeping PC customers by being able to give PC gamers a “couch gaming experience.” As a PC gamer, I find this idea of PC gamers longing for a couch experience misinformed at best. I believe this tease about “Big Picture mode” has less to do with providing PC gamers a new way to enjoy their games and more to do with… this:

Steam on PS3


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