STEAM IS GOING TO BECOME THE NEXT BIG CLOUD GAMING PLATFORM EVER!! ALL GAMES ON STEAM STREAMED TO UR TV AND PC!! END OF THE ROAD SONY, MICROSOFT, NINTENDO, AND ONLIVE!!!!
GDC 2011: Valve announces "big picture mode," which will offer controller support and ability to play games "on any TV or computer display in the house."
The Game Developers Conference is barely under way in San Francisco, but announcements are already beginning to pop up. This morning, Valve announced plans to expand its Steam content delivery service to the biggest screens in gamers' homes--their televisions.
"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," said Valve vice president of marketing Doug Lombardi. "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."
Valve did not elaborate on how Steam would be brought to televisions, but did say that big picture mode would "offer controller support and navigation designed for television interaction." It said it would share further details on the service with developers and publishers during private meetings at GDC.
As of last October, Steam had more than 30 million customers worldwide. It is currently available for the PC and Mac and will see some functionality arrive on the PlayStation 3 with the release of Portal 2 in April.
I have a feeling steam will become a nice cloud gaming platform. MS, Sony & Nintendo should be very scared.
x-2tha-z - all PC games DO have controller support...add to this that mice and keyboard are manual inputs just like controllers....the whole PC vs console thing is dumb as hell, consoles are computers, and PC will eventually be able to emulate whatever console there will be in the future. PC wins
Whatever comes, we should stick to this fact: Valve doesn't deliver half-baked solutions! I emailed Gabe Newell about movie distribution through STEAM 5 years ago... Let's hope it happens on Steam Big Picture. :D
What is this I don't even... "...become possible via PCs and Macs on any TV or computer display in the house." If your TV is connected to your PC, what's stopping from gaming on it? You don't really need any "big picture" mode or anything, since every full screen application I've tried supports most resolutions (with the exception of really old games).
Hmmm merger with Xbox? Please... Then I would only need to buy my games for one platform and play them seamlessly on both my pc and xbox. That would be a dream come true. Throw in a playstation and steam will effectively become the most powerful gaming platform on earth... very interesting.
Awesome news. I think all PC games should have controller support where possible (obviously not RTS games). I hate gaming with the KB&M.
@torbonator I think we will just have to wait and see how it works and have details on the requirements for the TV and for the computer.
I think Valve is going to try to compete with OnLive with a similar service... This could mean any Steam game you own, on a tv. The possibilities are very exciting
@EE2lemmonhead Fair enough, but then it will take a lead to connect a PC to a T.V. most new PC's have HDMI output and some TV's have PC input..... I just can't see this as a needed venture when they could look into other things
@Ladiesman17 Well yeah of course you can hook up your PC to an HDTV already. What they mean is that they are building an interface that will still run on a computer, but will be much easier to navigate from a distance (IE, an HDTV from a couch or something). Bigger icons and stuff I assume, and I guess controller support too (Most likely things like 360 controllers).
"Is Steam on Nintendo Wii a possibility? *Hint, hint, nudge, nudge*" Doubtful. The Wii is gamecube hardware in a different shell. The Source engine was designed for the 2004-2006 hardware era so it's comfortable to run it on most PCs and consoles sold today. The exception, is the Wii. Sorry, but what's the point of bringing Steam to a platform that can barely run industry-standard games from 2003?
What I wanna know is this, will they only allow SOME games to have TV support? Because if they give them ALL TV support then there's TONS AND TONS of games on there that will require updates to allow it (Oblivion for one as the PC version is VERY controller unfriendly). Just an example though. TV support for all or only some Steam games, I don't care. I just like all the games I have through them. :)
Sweetness. Steam isn't going to go away I don't think! :P They have so many awesome games and there's ALWAYS incredible deals to be had too. I give Steam a thumbs up. *Advertisement paid for by Jedilink and approved by Steam*
This is pretty cool. I bet you'll need to buy a special TV though. And the controller support I could sure do without, zero use for that - aside from beat-em-ups and racers.
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