Valve has confirmed that the Big Picture mode for its Steam digital distribution service is now available to all of its 50+ million users. What's more, in order to celebrate this great moment, a variety of big price cuts has been made to controller-friendly games in the store.Steam is by far one of the most popular digital distribution services out there, with over 50 million users across PC, Mac, and Linux platforms.
Now, the service is stepping into console territory, as Valve has just released publicly the Big Picture mode for Steam, which allows users of the service to experience it in a better way on large screens like HDTVs.
The mode was in a closed beta for quite some time and now it seems that the company has deemed it ready for the general public.
"Steam's new mode lets gamers access all of their favorite Steam games on a television from the comfort of their sofa. Big Picture has been designed to be used with a traditional gamepad, while also fully supporting keyboard and mouse input," the company said on Steam.
"Big Picture also includes a new web browser designed for televisions and game controllers. It is accessible from anywhere within the Big Picture UI, and even while playing Steam games on a TV. It supports Big Picture's new method of typing with a gamepad, which is useful for entering URLs, filling out forms, chatting, and other functions."
What's more, besides this new free update for Steam, Valve has also deployed a massive sale on a variety of games that work great with a controller and play nice with the Big Picture mode activated.
From Valve's own Portal 2, Left 4 Dead, to third-party titles like Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine, to Alan Wake, Transformers: Fall of Cybertron, or Mark of the Ninja, lots of titles have received price cuts that last until December 10.