The controller-ready and couch-friendly Big Picture mode for Steam is out of beta and ready for public release, developer Valve announced today, part of a wider push to bring PC gaming into the living room and onto HD televisions.
To celebrate the public release of Big Picture mode for Steam, Valve is holding a week-long sale on over thirty "controller-friendly games." Steam is offering savings up to 75 percent off on titles including Magicka, Braid, Portal 2, Lego Batman 2, Left 4 Dead, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Geometry Wars Retro Evolved.
Big Picture mode for Windows and Mac PCs brings controller-friendly navigation to Steam, typing via gamepad and UI enhancements tailored for TV output. Big Picture also features a built-in web browser for navigating the internet beyond Steam's borders.
A beta version of Big Picture mode was released in September. Today's public release is available in over 20 languages, Valve says, including German, French, Russian, Korean, and Portuguese.