How To: Enable Steam Big Picture Mode Beta

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SANMANx

This is more for the whole GUI experience right? This doesn't change the actual visuals and res for the games on an HDTV right? I've hooked up my computer to my HDTV and it looks like a big'ol monitor (a sweet one at that) then I play my games and it looks awesome! So again the question, is big screen mode more for the steam client GUI and not for the looks of the games?

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jimmthang

It does not change the resolution of the games, no. 

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vistageek

Much better desktop OS than windows 8!

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BryceBooth

Windows 8 is an OS, this is an application that runs on a desktop.

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MarioJP

The irony of that statement is that big picture has tiles too Steam tiles lol.

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lordfirefox

At least it doesn't look like it's made for toddlers.

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acidic

with this beta you can also install games to seperate drives instead of everything in the steam directory. useful for putting certain games on ssd while keeping majority on large storage

http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2012/09/11/finally-an-in-built-way-to-choose-steam-install-locations/

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ERSZ

why not just use steam mover? been working great for me

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stradric

I came here to post this. It's odd. It doesn't seem to work for every game. Borderlands 2 pre-load is live now and it didn't even give me the option to choose the download location. So it doesn't look like the need to symlink is completely gone yet.

Also, you still can't move games from within Steam. It's clearly an incomplete feature so it's no wonder Valve isn't publicizing it.

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germanogre

It's great. One problem, though. Steam now downloads updates every time it starts. On my fairly slow connection it takes about 20 seconds. Minor, but still annoying. Hope to be able to ditch beta participation soon.

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Modred189

Been using it for a few days on my HTPC. It's AWESOME.

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don2041

I don,t have a big screen tv. i have a big screen moniter do these insrtuction still apply. my puter does it all.

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jimmthang

Hey Don, 

The author of the article here. Yeah, this article still applies to you. You just won't need to do the last two steps (set up TV video and audio). 

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don2041

Thankyou I hope this helps newbys to get it too.

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