You can now try out a new version of Steam’s Big Picture mode that applies the Valve interface designed for Steam Deck. It includes some of Deck’s useful interface features, including a new home screen, universal search, and more. Find more details and how to opt-in to the beta below.
Valve announced the beta and provided a full list of features included in the new Big Picture mode:
- The new home screen, where you can keep playing recent games and see what’s new with the games in your library.
- New universal search, which searches your library, store and friends
- New controller configurator designed for ease of use to select, adjust or create custom controller configurations
- Optimized Steam Store for controller navigation
- Updated in-game overlay, with access to achievements and guides
- Press the Steam / Guide / PS button while in the game
- New system menu, for quick navigation to different parts of the interface
- Access this with the Steam / Guide / PS button
- New quick access menu for access to notifications, friends list, quick settings and more.
- Access this with the Steam / Guide / PS + A button
Big Picture mode was added to Steam just over ten years ago as part of Valve’s initial push into living room TVs. As an interface, I’d consider it semi-successful, even if its intended use on Steam Machines or even Steam Link never became mainstream. Steam Deck’s interface, despite being primarily designed for small screens, is much improved. I am a particular fan of universal research.
If you want to try it out for yourself, with what Valve calls the “rough edges,” you’ll need to go to your settings within Steam and under the “Account” tab press the “Change” button in the beta participation section and select the client. beta from the drop down menu. You will then need to change your Steam shortcut by adding “-gamepadui” to the end of its “Target” property.
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