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Steam's 'big picture' mode gets public test starting Monday, according to New York Times

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Big picture mode makes it possible to navigate Valve's Steam service on a television with a game controller.

Big picture mode
Big picture mode

The beta for Steam's big picture mode, a television-friendly redesign of Valve's online store and gaming platform, launches on Monday, according to a New York Times story about the company's evolution from developer to gaming tech company.

A "public test" for Steam's big picture mode, a television-friendly redesign of Valve's online store and gaming platform, kicks off on Monday, according to a New York Times story about the company's evolution from developer to gaming tech company.

"On Monday, the company will begin a public test of a new television-friendly interface, Big Picture, for buying Steam games and playing them on computers in the living room," according to the story.

Last month, Valve product designer Greg Coomer told GameTrailers TV that a beta for the new interface would be coming in early September.

Big picture mode offers simple, easy-to-read navigation designed specifically for TV, according to the official site.

"With full controller support, big-picture mode will let gamers kick back and enjoy their favorite games on the biggest screen in the house Steam's big-picture mode doesn't require any additional development from you. Just ensure your game works well with a controller, and we'll take care of the rest. And don't worry, keyboard and mouse aren't going anywhere—users will be able to switch between input devices at any time."

We've contacted Valve officials for verification of the beta's release and will update this story when they respond.