After spending a couple of months in beta, Steam’s long-awaited and oft-requested “big picture mode” was finally made available through a Steam client update earlier on in the day.
To celebrate the launch, Valve decided to throw yet another sale following last week’s deal-packed autumn sale. The Big Picture mode celebration sale offers over 40 games at a discounted price, all of which have controller support for those of you who prefer to do their PC gaming on the couch.
In case this is the first you’ve heard of the new feature, Steam’s Big Picture mode is a controller-friendly interfaced design for those who do their PC gaming on a TV, with a controller. Through the interface, you can access the Steam community, your library, and just about everything else–all using a controller.
Here’s more on how it works, as per the press release:
“Steam gamers may easily experience Big Picture on their televisions by connecting their PC or Mac, typically with a single HDMI cable. 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.”
You can head over to the Steam storefront to see all of the controller-supported games on sale, or see below for a list (in no particular order).
Bit.Trip Runner, They Bleed Pixels, The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition, Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4, Tiny and Big: Grandpa’s Leftovers, Castle Crashers, A Virus Named Tom, Alan Wake, Alan Wake’s American Nightmare, Shank 2.
Transformers: Fall of Cybertron, The Amazing Spider-Man, Lead and Gold, Wizorb, Deadlight, Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga, Left 4 Dead, Left 4 Dead 2, Post Apocalyptic Mayhem, Port Royale 3, Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken.
Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7, Limbo, Warhammer 40K: Space Marine, Wanderlust, Audiosurf, Vessel, Braid, Sine Mora, Sonic Generations, Hell Yeah!: Wrath of the Dead Rabbit, Portal 2, Train Simulator 2013, Mark of the Ninja.
Lego Batman 2, Magicka, Orcs Must Die 2, Geometry Wars Retro Evolved, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Intrusion 2.