Steam celebrates Big Picture mode

If you have the right hardware, you can now play your favourite Steam games “from the comfort of your sofa”, bean bag, bed, floor, or wherever else it is that you perch while playing games on your television. Today marks the launch of Big Picture, a new mode that will let you play your games on your TV, complete with traditional gamepad support as well as keyboard and mouse input.

…and if you’re not sure quite what to play on your new set-up, more than 30 “controller-friendly” games are on sale at the Steam Store for up to 75% off. Be quick, the discount’s only there until December 10th.

Of course, you can access the Steam Store via your TV now too, as well as Steam Community, and if you don’t speak English, pick another language – there are more than 20 to choose from, including Portuguese, Korean, Russian, German and French.

So, we joke that you’ll have to pick something new to play, but you don’t, really. If you’d prefer, jump straight into one of your existing games – the entire Steam library is available, plus your own cloud files, save games, Steam Workshop content, account information and preferences – just the way you like it.

Big Picture also includes a new web browser designed for televisions and game controllers. It is accessible from anywhere within the Big Picture UI, and even while playing Steam games on a TV. It supports Big Picture’s new method of typing with a gamepad, which is useful for entering URLs, filling out forms, chatting, and other functions.

It’s a simple deal: Connect your PC (or Mac!) directly to your TV, generally with a single HDMI cable (this may depend on both your computer hardware and your television), and the software will do all the work for you.

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