Valve takes Steam's Big Picture gaming mode public

Valve's Big Picture mode has been moved out of beta and is publicly available for gamers who want to access Steam titles on the large screen from the comfort of their sofas.

Released in beta mode in September, the Big Picture service was designed with easy-to-read navigation and revamped text and icons for more comfortable viewing. Valve also ditched the QWERTY keyboard for the console controller, though a keyboard and mouse are still compatible with the new gaming option, which allows users to switch between input devices at any time.

According to Valve, Steam gamers can connect a PC or Mac to their television with a single HDMI cable to view Big Picture, which includes a new Web browser that is accessible anywhere within the Big Picture UI, even while playing games on the TV.

Big Picture lets people buy games, browse the Web, and chat with friends, or just stick to the game playing. It also saves users' cloud files, Steam Workshop content, account information and preferences, while offering a complete library of more than 2,500 titles.

Access to the Steam store and community is included, furthermore, Big Picture is available worldwide in more than 20 languages, including French, Portuguese, German, Russian, and Korean.

Valve is also celebrating with a sale — more than 30 controller-friendly games are available for up to 75 per cent off through Dec. 10.