Steam Big Picture Mode Receives Major Update

Steam Big Picture Mode Receives Major Update


Hello gamers. This is Kyle with Game Freaks
365. You might have heard the news that Valve just released an update to Steam’s Big Picture
Mode ahead of the launch of the first Steam Machines. The update also applies on PC so you don’t
need a Steam Machine, which for those of you not aware is basically a Steam version of
a home console. Anyway, I’ve never been a big fan of Big Picture
Mode because I never saw much point to it when the Steam interface is already designed in a way that is really no frills, and very utilitarian. The new Big Picture Mode is a lot prettier
than the old one. It’s a lot cleaner and more functional. So let’s take a look. After that little intro animation we come
to this console looking dashboard. It’s a lot like the old Big Picture Mode dashboard
but it looks a little sleeker. You can see all of the different options but we’re going
to start off looking at the new storefront. As you can see, these have really large icons.
The old Big Picture Mode had much smaller icons. These are more pronounced. New is this
kind of secondary menu down here shows you top sellers, specials that are going on in
the store and also new releases and genres, which we’ll check out. Really good way to
sort of catalog games by your interest. And And if you want to see what just came out, go to the new releases. Check that out. When you click on this and you push enter, first thing you’ll see
and it takes a while to load is a video of the game if they have one available. We’ll
see if this loads. It doesn’t look like it wants to. That’s probably the most disappointing
thing about this. The videos do take a while to load but that might depend on your Internet
connection as well. But you also have other things screenshots, descriptions of the game,
that sort of stuff. Oh, you need a — they have an age gate. Since I’m logged in they
should already know this. Just put that. There’s another new release, let’s see if we can get
a video to work. So it has really good picture quality and the screenshots all look good
as well. So you can add it to your wish list. You can also look up system requirements and
other useful information. Let’s go ahead and go back now and take a look at our existing
library. This is how it’s presented. So it shows you games that you’ve been playing lately,
games that your friends have been playing lately, and some games that you just purchased
or haven’t played yet. Also shows all of the games that you recently bought, all of the
games that you have installed on your hard drive, all of the games that you have in your
library, which I have a lot of games in there thanks to Humble Bundle. Let’s go to community.
This is kind of like their little social network on Steam. You get a bunch of screenshots,
user-created content, videos. Watch a horse jump on a dragon in Skyrim. I tell you the
fans out there are pretty creative. So you have news here, friend activities. Here we
have more video. These are all gameplay videos that users created. Let’s check this out.
This is supposed to be SOMA. But I don’t see anything going on. I want your baby. Okay.
Let’s check out Metal Gear Solid. Yeah, don’t want to get into any spoilers. But we can
type in Metal Gear Solid V and find out some more information about the game, in case we’re
interested. So first thing you see is a bunch of user-created content. On the side menu
you have screenshots that you can look at. I have yet to play Metal Gear Solid V. I’ve
been meaning to do so but so many good games out right now but I haven’t found the time.
So you have artwork and again more video. Broadcasts which shows livestreams. News for
the game. If you need any tips or resources when you’re trying to solve something that
doesn’t come naturally to you. Get some help from the community. And of course reviews,
which I’m not sure why it is getting slammed so badly on here. Yeah, that’s weird. All
right. So you also have this — which I believe this is new, maybe it’s not — but this right
tab, which shows you your friends and what they’re doing right now. Let’s go ahead and
say hi to angelito. He’s playing a game right now: Assassin’s Creed III. He noticed us.
How’s Assassin’s Creed III going? Have another friend in SOMA. Another game that I need to
check out. Probably get to a review for that at some point. Just murdering some red coats.
Yeah, I think he has the wrong war. Maybe we should remind him? It’s the American Revolution,
Angel. All right well. If he responds. Okay, well shows up right there if you’re in Big
Picture Mode. There’s also a browser on the left side. I don’t think you’ll need that.
Down here you have again it shows you what friends are playing, and it gives you a nice
gentle reminder of games that you haven’t played. Let’s check out some music. These
are all of the soundtracks that you accumulate in your library and you can just play it in
the background if you want. This sounds interesting. The Ballad of the Space Babies. All right
well enough of that. Let’s check out some more of these tabs up here. Apparently we
have to click away from it. Okay so this is the downloading, yes this is the download
screen. If you have any updates or anything you need for games it’s in there. And of course
you have settings so if you need to connect a controller or whatever you can do that in
there. So anyway hopefully this has been helpful. Maybe you’ll check out Big Picture Mode and
see what it’s all about. Thanks for checking out our video. Be sure to check out the gamefreaks365.com
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  1. i like it' it just feels a bit too slow, also the fact you can't turn on music by the push of a button when you just opened it, it's not like the steam controller has too few buttons…

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