Valve Sees the 'Big Picture' in Gaming, Launches Revised Steam Interface for TV Today

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satrain18

Don't that remind us the vaporware Phantom console?

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phantom_Entertainment

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datguy

Am I the only person that has their gaming PC hooked up to their TV in the living room. Its the best get a comfy couch and a armrest for my mouse and keyboard on my lap. Never going back to PC gaming on a computer chair and desk. I'm in one all day at work at home I want to relax.

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Octaviux

I have had my gaming PC hooked up to my 40" TV in my living room since 2008. I bought the DVI-to-HDMI 15ft cable from monoprice for around $10. I hook up my PS3 controller to my PC with a 10 foot cable that cost less than $5 and use free emulator software to make the PC think I'm using a Windows Xbox 360 controller (with which most modern games are designed to work with).

It all works perfectly and I've played Skyrim among other games off steam. I get the high resolution, quick load times and user created content of PC while enjoying it on a large display and sitting in a recliner. I've also played FIFA12 off origin without any issue.

I've essentially been doing for years what Big Picture is making available. They're just making it easier and adding better controller support to a lot of games. I think it's a great move by valve and of course it's optional if you have no interest in it.

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Valor958

I would find that to be a perfectly fine setup for a majority of users. When it comes to gaming though, a majority are likely to find issues with this, but let them.
They're probably just jealous you gots da big screen ^_^
This is coming from a traditional PC guy, but I'd use my TV if I felt like buying a 12ft HDMI cable.

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jgottberg

Hey Datguy - you aren't the only one but brace yourself for the barrage of comments lamenting your use of such a substandard gaming display. "WHAT?? 1920x1080 is the max res?!? I don't get out of bed for less that 5055x2million!" :)

I use a TV too :)

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immersive

Take a look at all Valve is doing right now. Porting all games and steam client over to Linux, hiring hardware engineers, customizing UI for TV.

Sounds to me we are going to end up with an HTPC with a Linux kernel and Steam UI, with the possibility of using Steam to access our games, internet, and media while setting on our couches. Along with auto driver updates kind of like they do with ATI drivers now. Not sure if Steam does that with Nvidia drivers at the moment because I don't have an Nvidia card.

Also someone on here already said console makers sale their consoles at a loss and make up the money with game sales. Can you imagine getting a very nice HTPC even at cost? OMG sign me up!

My only hope is that valve keeps the unit as close to a normal PC as possible, such as being able to upgrade hardware, install other Linux software on the box, etc.

This could be a dream come true in another 3-6 years. So let Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo get their next consuls out then half way through their lifespan we get Steam Box!!!

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Duck Dodgers

This would work pretty well with a small budget gaming PC in HTPC form factor with a powerful graphics card. I have enough spare parts and pieces to at least try this out in my living room.

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TommM

Steam is going to kick some Xbox and PlayStation butt with this...

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jgottberg

Doubtful... It will compete but I think by now, allegiances to preferred consoles has been long established.

*Caution* This next sentence is NOT a form of trolling -

IMO, it will be like Linux (choose a distro) - it's a great platform, has many advantages but too many people have basically grown up either a Windows person or Mac person and don't/won't give it a fair shake.

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Neufeldt2002

I don't know, lots of people said that about MS entering the console market and they are now a major player. Steam or rather Valve have proven time and again that giving people options does work, and lets face it Steam sales on a console version or hybrid living room PC may convince people to jump ship so to speak. Offer that with the ability to play titles from years ago rather than just this generation of hardware seems like a better option to me, and I am sure to others as well.

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jgottberg

Maybe if they took the approach Microsoft did and sell the consoles at a significant loss (I think most console makers do this anyways). But even then, all major titles are already released on Xbox and PS3... Why would I ditch my PS3 for a SteamBox when I already get access to the big titles? Maybe for playing older PC games? But then again, I'm not going to lay out more cash for another system, it's ecosystem and games on top of that. Steam might have a few exclusive titles but that's how MS was able to break into the foray with great exclusive titles like Halo and initially, Assassins Creed.

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Neufeldt2002

Although it may not be for everyone, they still do have a pretty good chance of succeeding in the market. Exclusive titles definitely do help with that and Valve is no slouch when it comes to making great games. I am pretty sure they could come up with something even if they are not to everyone's interests. Also, there is no need for laying out extra cash at this point as it is just an update that you can use on your PC if you want to hook it up to your TV. For the Steam box, if it ever exists, you make that call when and if it shows up, it seems to be a few years off anyway, by then who knows, it may be irrelevant or it may entice you to buy it.

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jgottberg

All very true!

I would definitely be curious about the service. And who knows, if they time it right with the release of the newer consoles, they just might do pretty well. Looking forward to it!

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Valor958

The only issue is, this is not a console replacement. It is a UI interface made to best fit a TV as opposed to a standard monitor. Console people will still be console people if this makes it 'mainstream', because one major arguement from consoler folks is still having to buy a PC good enough to run the games they want. Right now, consoles have a single defined set of hardware with games made for them. With a PC, they make the game as good as they can, and its on you to make sure your PC can keep up. Many still balk at the assumed greater cost of a PC as opposed to consoles.

Many games simply will not work right on a controller, so what this gives you is a modified platform to play your PC games on with a better formatted interface. It's a GREAT idea, don't get me wrong, but I don't see this as direct competition for consoles. The trick will be getting the dev companies to put more faith in PCs with the instability of the console market and very long timeframe of hardware requirements they're made to fit. There IS stability there, but also a lack of growth.

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