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Valve’s Steam Deck UI to exchange Big Picture mode in Steam desktop app

Steam’s ‘Big Picture’ mode isn’t lengthy for this world.

Long-time customers of Valve’s Steam app on PC are probably accustomed to Big Picture, a mode that turns the PC app interface right into a extra console-like expertise higher designed to be used with controllers moderately than keyboards and mice. However, Valve plans to exchange Big Picture mode with the brand new person interface (UI) from its just lately introduced Steam Deck handheld.

Spotted by The Verge, Valve worker ‘austinp_valve’ posted affirmation of the plan on the Steam group boards:

“Yes, we are replacing Big Picture with the new UI from Deck. We don’t have an RTA to share yet though.”

The change shouldn’t come as a lot of a shock, nevertheless. Valve added Big Picture to Steam in 2012 and it was the inspiration for the UI of SteamOS, a model of Linux that shipped on Valve’s console-like Steam Machine {hardware}.

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For the unfamiliar, Steam Machines had been a part of a push to maneuver PC gaming away from its reliance on Windows in addition to an try to make PC gaming less complicated. One of the primary advantages of console gaming is that it’s easy — you purchase a PlayStation, an Xbox or a Switch, you plug it into your TV, and also you play a sport. Unfortunately, the Steam Machine mission didn’t actually take off and in 2018, Valve stopped linking to the Steam Machine part on its Steam storefront and most of the Steam Machine fashions had been not obtainable.

While Steam Machines might not have succeeded, that doesn’t imply Steam Decks are equally doomed. In reality, Valve has accomplished some fairly unimaginable work to make gaming on Linux a lot better, each for its Linux-based SteamOS and for different Linux distributions. Mainly, that work entails ‘Proton,’ a compatibility layer that helps translate Windows video games into one thing that Linux can play. It’s not good, nevertheless — WindowsCentral has a superb overview of Proton and different software program on the Steam Deck that permits gaming.

Getting again to SteamOS and Big Picture mode, the Steam Deck will run SteamOS 3.0, which incorporates the redesigned UI. Since Big Picture mode was part of previous variations of the SteamOS UI, it is sensible that model 3.0 would additionally convey the change to the Steam desktop consumer.

That mentioned, Valve hasn’t supplied a timeline for when it’ll substitute Big Picture mode on Steam. If I needed to guess, I’d say it’ll occur across the time the Steam Deck begins delivery, if not shortly after. Currently, the Steam Deck is about to ship in December, however excessive demand has pushed orders out to halfway by subsequent yr.

Source: Valve Via: The Verge

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