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Steam Big Picture Mode Update Tests New UI; Improves Machine, Controller Support Prior To Debut

Sep 08, 2015 11:52 AM EDT | By Jason Fonbuena
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Steam Big Picture
(Photo : Steam Facebook Page)

With the Steam Machine and Controller release date not too far away, Valve brought out improvements to Steam Big Picture mode by making it work better with the upcoming hardware.

"The updated Library section does away with the bar of games in favor of a traditional left-aligned media center setup," GameDebate said.

From there, it's easier to find games as they are divided into different sub-categories, namely: Resume & Explore, Recent and Installed. Games played by your friends are also shown.

With the way the update organized Big Picture mode's Library, The Verge said it "seems to take influence from living room media center software."

With regular Steam sales offering massive discounts, it's not strange for gamers to accumulate a long list of titles only to have them fade into the background. The Steam Big Picture mode update rectifies this by adding a section called "Start something new."

"It presents games in your library that you've never played before, either suggesting them because of their popularity on Steam or just selecting them at random," The Verge said.

The update also brings predictive-text-like search modes for both the store and the library. Game pages now follow the library's left column view as well.

"The new categories will have the ability to activate a product right from the main Library screen, instead of having to dig through Big Picture's options," ShackNews said.

The update is available on the beta part of the Steam client but, as the website noted, Valve still has a few kinks to iron out.

A consumer version of the Steam Big Picture mode update hasn't been announced yet. But with majority of the improvements aimed towards making it easier to use with the Steam Controller, it could be out in time for the device's launch in Nov. 10.

Steam Machines, Controller and Link are currently available for pre-order.

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