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Posted by on Sep 12, 2012 in Video Games |

Big Picture takes the Steam platform to your TV

Big Picture is a new Steam interface which makes its debut in beta mode. It is designed to bring the gameplay experience of to the TV, be without art, for which you need to have a computer connected to it.

Steam , for those who do not yet know, is an online platform for distribution of multimedia content and games developed by Valve, creator of American business classic games like Half Life and Counter Strike. This platform is available for Windows and OS X, and one has already been announced Linux version which users look forward Penguin OS.

The interface is similar to XBMC (on the XBOX mediacenter), where we can access both Steam online resources as other content that you have downloaded. We may also interact with the Steam user community the same way as normally accessed, including voice chat.

On the screen, you can use a daisy-shaped keyboard where each petal includes 4 characters, designed to facilitate data entry with a game controller, so that it is not necessary to keep a keyboard and mouse connected to the computer, although can do well if you prefer.

To test Big Picture, you run Steam and then go to Steam – Settings, then click on “Change” and then choose “Steam Beta Update”. After rebooting, you can access the beta in the top right corner. Not available in all countries and languages.

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