Originally launched in December 2012 after a period of public beta testing, Valve’s Big Picture mode grants Steam users a larger, simpler interface that’s ideal for anyone who accesses the digital distribution service on televisions and other large-format displays from a distance. While Big Picture mode has grown in popularity to such a degree that it’s nearly synonymous with the basic Steam client, its tight integration will likely be coming to an end. According to a recent post by Valve employee austinp_valve, Valve plans to replace Steam’s Big Picture mode with the user interface that will be leveraged by its new handheld PC, the Steam Deck. Valve hasn’t provided an ETA yet on when Big Picture mode will be deprecated.
Why give up your games, your friends, and all that you love about Steam when you play games in the living room? With Big Picture, we’ve reformatted Steam for use with your TV and game controller, so you can enjoy your Steam games from the comfort of your couch.