Valve’s Steam gets friendly with controllers, TV

By on March 1, 2011
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Valve announces new feature for HDTVs called ‘Big Picture’.

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At the ongoing GDC event, Valve revealed their promised ‘big reveal’, announcing plans for a ‘Big Picture mode’ for its distribution platform Steam. The new mode will offer controller support and special user interface for easy navigation on big HDTVs.

“Our partners and customers have asked us to make Steam available in more places. With the introduction of Steam on the Mac, and soon in Portal 2 on the PS3T, we’ve done just that,” said Valve’s Doug Lombardi.

“With Big Picture mode, gaming opportunities for Steam partners and customers become possible via PCs and Macs on any TV or computer display in the house.”

Valve also said that it will share with its partners all the data it has gathered about the Steam Microtansactions it introduced in their hugely successful multiplayer game TF2.

“We’ve come to understand what type of content sells well in TF2′s in-game store, and the various price points at which players value this content,” said Robin Walker, game designer at Valve. “Our players are continually teaching us what works and what doesn’t. Much of this feedback can be generalized to other titles on Steam, so we’re looking forward to sharing what we’ve learned with partners at GDC. We’re also interested in seeing partners get up and running with their own in-game economies, so they can collect game-specific data to inform their design decisions.”

Valve’s next game is Portal and is due in April for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.


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