valve steam boxMark your calendars down, for today is the day where Valve launches the Big Picture mode beta. Just what is Big Picture mode? Well, this is actually a version of Steam that was specially designed to work within the realms of your TV in the living room. Those who have given it a go have nothing but praises for Big Picture, touting some qualities such as it being sleek, intuitive, and groundbreaking.

Of course, it makes perfect sense for Valve not to position nor market “Steam TV” as a video game console replacement, that would just be suicide for a company like them. What Big Picture does is to enlarge the scope of PC gaming to an even wider audience, making it more convenient and suitable for living rooms than in the past.

When Big Picture goes live, all you need to do is push a button, and check out a whole new Steam interface that is said to resemble the Xbox 360’s dashboard sans advertisements and clutter, letting you do just about anything and everything you want on the standard issue Steam, including purchasing games, surf the Internet, and even rely on Steam’s standard in-game overlay to strike up a conversation with your gaming buddies. Do you think Valve’s Big Picture will take off?

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