Steam’s streaming service of the future ‘Big Picture’ erupts 10 September

Anyone reading the New York Times article that delicately outlines Valve’s plans will discover a touching tale of whimsy and living room-based gaming.

For those of us looking for a quick Steam fix, the service plans to launch Monday 10 September, or today.

Steam’s Big Picture is the family-friendly solution to Valve’s amazing, yet ultra-geeky gaming portal. Much like Xbox Live and the Playstation Network, Steam is a downloadable hub for off-the-shelf games. But it’s been confined to computers, for now. Big Picture’s a bit of a console disruptor. It’s going to be the same Steam we know and love, but with a “TV-fied” UI and a controller scheme primarily based on gamepads which is you know, the only real way to enjoy console gaming. Have you ever tried to play PC games with a wireless mouse and keyboard on your couch? It’s awkward, and it sucks.

It’s not aimed at everyone though and for now, a scant 50 000 existing Steam users have been given access to the private beta. The first game to hit the service? The free-to-play multiplayer marvel, Team Fortress 2. For those who have their beta invitations, let us know what you think of the service in the comments below.



Sign up to our newsletter to get the latest in digital insights. sign up

Welcome to Memeburn

Sign up to our newsletter to get the latest in digital insights.