Valve teases Steam ‘big picture’ mode

Conventional PC gaming may well be Valve’s bread and butter, but the company isn’t afraid to venture out into uncharted waters. After releasing a version of Steam for the Mac last year, the company is now teasing a "big picture" mode that will apparently take Steam into the living room.

Valve’s announcement is light on details, since the firm is setting the stage for a full reveal at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco later this week. However, it does gloss over a few key facts: "big picture" mode will provide "controller support and navigation designed for television interaction," and it will allow players to "enjoy Steam and their library of Steam games on more screens throughout the house."

I’m guessing this means Valve has cooked up a 10-foot version of the Steam user interface, and it may add support for controllers (likely including the popular Xbox 360 model) to its current and future games. Making it easy to organize multiplayer gaming sessions via Steam Friends without a keyboard might be a useful feature, too, as would convincing third-party developers to join the effort—although many already build Xbox 360 controller support into their PC games.

Really, though, I’m more curious than anything about how this plays out. Most of the major titles available on Steam can also be purchased for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. I think Valve will need to offer a little something extra if it doesn’t want PC gamers yearning for a couch gaming experience simply to defect to the console camp.

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    • yogibbear
    • 9 years ago

    Valve adds additional features to their product for FREE, meanwhile Sony taketh away and MS decide that there are too many features already.

    • l33t-g4m3r
    • 9 years ago

    [quote<]I think Valve will need to offer a little something extra if it doesn't want PC gamers yearning for a couch gaming experience simply to defect to the console camp.[/quote<] I don't think that's a realistic scenario. Think about it. Valve does not currently offer a console-like experience, so their current customers are PC gamers. Offering a "big picture" mode is a new feature designed to cut into console sales, so the effect is essentially the opposite of what you are saying here. This will enable people to play games at 1080p with maximum framerate, AA, AF, 3d support, etc, from their couch. Consoles aren't powerful enough to do that, so Valve is essentially cutting into their market. I can see this making progress with enthusiasts, depending on how good the UI is.

      • voodootronix
      • 9 years ago

      With you 100% on this – some games such as 3rd person action/adventure games (GTA, Borderlands), racers even RPGs like Oblivion are more fun with a game pad, sunk into a giant sofa. I still prefer to do this on PC as, as you point out, the graphics can be maxed out @ 60fps whereas most console games run at reduced resolutions with no AA, texture filtering etc. Assassin’s Creed is soooo meant to be played on PC with a 360 pad, it’s a marriage made in heaven. Making more people aware of this possibility and making it more streamlined can only boost PC sales, as can being able to order new games from the TV in social settings whilst people are drunk and in a good mood! For all the richness of the PS3 experience one of the things that bugs me is not being able to buy a full PS3 release from the ‘desktop’ and have it stream to my console whilst I play another game. TVSteam (or whatever) would totally allow this ad I am totally in favour.

      • yogibbear
      • 9 years ago

      You could do this already though. So i see this as Valve streamlining it for the PC “masses” rather than the PC “hardcore”. It’s like how MS/RMD came out and said Alan Wake wasn’t coming out for the PC because the experience was better playing it on a couch……. RROOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Xenolith
    • 9 years ago

    Big font user interface that can be browsed with a controller.

    Partnerships. For instance, Amazon for streaming media and shopping.

    These seem like logical next steps.

    I already have a gaming PC w/steam hooked up to my 37″ living room monitor – works fine. Given, I need a lapboard for the mouse and keyboard.

    • Sahrin
    • 9 years ago

    Yech. Just what we need, another console gaming experience!

    Jesus Valve, what happened to being the platform for PC gamers?

    I never thought it possible, but Valve may just be creating an opening with all this distracted focus “let’s broaden the market!” horseshit that MS may be able to sneak in and take leadership in PC gaming back from them.

    This would be a good thing from and integration perspective, and if MS continues to improve in consumer focus I actually think it could be an improvement.

    Valve seems dead-set on doing things that are great for people who aren’t Steam users today. I wonder what happens when Steam users finally realize this, and someone comes along who is willing to do what Valve used to?

      • Prospero424
      • 9 years ago

      What, exactly, have Valve stopped doing for PC that they used to do?

      How does adding an option in the Steam “View” menu (which is all this is) for larger panes and text and adding a gamepad as a control options for scrolling take away from the PC user experience?

      I just don’t see how your point makes any sense at all.

        • ThorAxe
        • 9 years ago

        I agree.

        It’s a bit like saying that The Tech Report are ignoring their PC readers by adding a wide view option.

          • Sahrin
          • 9 years ago

          huh? Most PC’s today use wide format monitors. It’s nothing like that.

            • ThorAxe
            • 9 years ago

            I know, that’s why I think it’s a good thing for Valve to support TVs and for The Tech Report to support a wide mode.

            • Sahrin
            • 9 years ago

            “Most PC’s are connected to TV’s for gaming?” Care to give a source for that total madeup bs?

            • ThorAxe
            • 9 years ago

            You are misunderstanding what I am saying.

            I never said that most PCs are connected to TVs for gaming – though I can see how you came to that conclusion.

            All HDTVs are wide screen but not all monitors are wide screen – I think over 20% are still using 4:3 according to Steam.

            I don’t see the harm in helping PS3 or PC users that choose to use a TV for games just as I don’t see the harm in adding a wide mode to this site. It doesn’t hurt PC Gamers that don’t use TVs for gaming just as the wide mode on this site doesn’t hurt 4:3 users.

            To say it would have taken up Valve’s resources is ridiculous, unless you have been living under a rock resources are not something that Valve is lacking at the moment.

          • l33t-g4m3r
          • 9 years ago

          I’d say TR [i<]is[/i<] ignoring it's PC readers by removing the wide view option, and talking about Apple products all day. PS. It's not like steam hasn't been ignoring it's customers from day one, because they have. Customer support is a joke, and if you have a problem that originates from their drm or buggy software, you almost never get support. The only reason you don't hear about the issues, is because the fanboys always drown you out, making it impossible to ever get results.

            • ThorAxe
            • 9 years ago

            If they never spoke about Apple again I’d be happy.

        • Sahrin
        • 9 years ago

        I specifically addressed this in the post. Valve have stopped focusing on the core market in an effort to expand revenues. The PC industry is full of examples, I’m really surprised that you can’t see the “sense” behind the point. Here’s some concrete examples:

        Microsoft – conquered the consumer desktop industry in 1998 with 98SE, and then left the client OS to wither and die on the vine with XP while focusing on projects in Entertainment and Devices as well as Enterprise. (Xbox, Windows Phone, Bing, etc). It was only after Windows 7 – almost 5 years of ‘focusing’ on that core business, that they finally got back on track with a great product.

        Apple – their core market was built around MacOS. Since the release of the iPod the company has slowly shifted its focus and resources to developing iOS, leaving the Mac platform as an afterthought. Where the Mac used to be their focus and the showstopper, they now only give the platform lip service and focus their efforts on iOS devices.

        nVidia – With the GF100 generation, nVidia decided they were going to change focus from their core market of GPU’s to GPU Computing. That focus shift built a part that was not ideal for gamers, and caused their users to suffer from the lack of focus.

        I could go on and on, but I think the point is in evidence.

        While I know there are a limited number of PC gamers who do play on their TV’s, the vast majority play on the PC. PC gamer is Valve’s core demographic, and rather than release features/content that appeal to them (Half-Life 2 Episode 3, improve the performance of the Steam client, fix the problems with Source Dedicated Server) they have chosen to release features that appeal to users who *don’t* already use Steam. New stuff that is targeted at Steam’s current userbase has fallen by the wayside in favor of things like Steam for Mac, and now a more console-like experience. While I’m sure that this feature will be used by a small fraction of current Steam users, the clear target of this is to create a virtual platform that competes with MS, Sony and Nintendo in the living room and enables Valve to earn more revenue (perhaps to charge more) off of sales in the Steam Store.

        This doesn’t serve PC gamers. I don’t have a problem with the feature, I have a problem with the misallocation of resources which amounts to pissing on current users in favor of getting Valve more money.

          • UberGerbil
          • 9 years ago

          Explain how this “amounts to pissing on current users.” What feature did Valve take away from current users in the act of providing this one? The opportunity cost here is an extremely small one. The resources that were devoted to this could not have been large, and weren’t any of the resources that are devoted to creating the PC games that their current users enjoy. At most this delays some imaginary re-vamp of the Steam server browser or something. It’s a bit like complaining that adding “Thunderbolt” to the Mac amounts to pissing on iPhone users. (And your other examples are rather contorted. You assume XP grew long in the tooth through willful neglect by MS, rather than furious, misguided work on successors that resulted in delays and failure: just because you have a few thousand employees working on other things doesn’t mean you don’t also still have a few thousand still working on your core business, but that doesn’t mean they’ll be successful. nVidia saw the imminent decline of their core business and made a calculated gamble to find a new one rather than clinging to the past as the market contracted around them: sometimes it is better to desert your current users before they desert you. Meanwhile Apple was a niche afterthought in the tech business until they smartened up and started “pissing on” their Mac platform in favor of iOS; if becoming the most valuable tech company is the consequence of pissing on your current users, every other company in the world will be lining up at the urinal).

            • Sahrin
            • 9 years ago

            That’s why it’s good for Apple’s shareholders. Seeing as how Valve is privately owned, I don’t see how it’s good for anyone but Gabe. You basically granted the premise of the examples, but said “they are going after money.” That was my entire point; but at this point Valve is pulling down tens (or hundreds) of millions in profits per year. They don’t need to get any larger, but they are still trying to expand the userbase, rather than cater to the customers they have. It’s a backwards philosophy.

            Valve’s developers are a unitary body, there aren’t “teams” – developers can work on any project they want (at least this is how the company is presented publicly). Your argument that it doesn’t take resources away is wrong, it clearly does.

            I already explained how it is pissing on current users, you clearly understood that because you then went on to refute the argument I made (poorly).

            • kamikaziechameleon
            • 9 years ago

            I think your point is invalid. I would argue that large portion of the steam user base has a computer connected to their TV(seeing as they are just giant monitors now)

            They sighted that the reason they made this move because core users requested it. How does giving your consumers a feature that was cheap to developer and apparently wanted a bad business move? How will that lead to the down fall of the company? I thought making the product your consumers wanted and giving it to them was generally good business. Would you prefer they charge for this mode would that make more sense. Maybe steam should become a subscription service like Xbox live then Sahrin will be happy.

            I’ve read all your entry’s and they make no rational sense. You sight specifics and try to draw parallels that aren’t there. Why troll this?

            • Sahrin
            • 9 years ago

            [quote<]Why troll this?[/quote<] Why would you say this in your reply and expect a response? Accusing me of trolling is tantamount to saying my post is devoid of content. If that's the case, 1) it makes you look pretty foolish for taking the time to reply and 2) it leaves me no reason to continue discussion with you.

          • Namarrgon
          • 9 years ago

          All of those companies are plenty large enough to work on multiple things at the same time, but anyway:

          MS – spent years trying to finish Vista, not because of lack of focus but because it was hugely ambitious, and had to be thrown out, trimmed heavily and largely rewritten . Win7 is the (polished) result of all that effort.

          Apple – the Mac arguably hasn’t been a showstopper since 1983. The iPod *is* a showstopper, as is the iPhone, and switching focus literally saved the company. They still churn out quality computers, but their focus clearly should be on the products that make them far more money. Are you suggesting they should switch focus *away* from the hugely lucrative emerging mobile markets and back to a line of PCs that was commodified a decade ago?

          nVidia – Like MS: too much ambition. Remember the 5xxx series? A bigger stumble than the GF100, despite being 100% gamer-focused. Sure they’re broadening their market, but after a little polish and given how competitive their cards are today, I don’t see too much ill-effect for gamers (and a net gain for nVidia).

          Valve is big enough to have a Steam division independent from their game studio. However, you could maybe argue that the continuing HL3 delays result from a focus on Portal…

          Despite all that, while you’re entitled to grumble that Company X isn’t what it used to be, they are of course entitled to focus more on whatever is most successful for them.

            • Sahrin
            • 9 years ago

            [quote<]Valve is big enough to have a Steam division independent from their game studio. However, you could maybe argue that the continuing HL3 delays result from a focus on Portal...[/quote<] That's not how Valve works (according to Gabe). Developers inside the company pick their own projects (that is, the lines you are imagining don't really exist).

      • Jambe
      • 9 years ago

      So if I access my PC from my living room it becomes a console? Hm. I am a Steam user (300+ games) and this is great for me. I usually play PC games from the table but I love loading up Super Meat Boy on the PC and using a 360 controller for it. And it’s still -magically- a PC when I do so!

      L4D, L4D2, and TF2, and CSS (6-yo game, you know) are getting regularly updated. The engine that underpins those games as well as the HL2 franchise, Portal, DoDS and Alien Swarm is updated frequently so all current Valve games get iterative improvement. They’re working on DotA 2 and Portal 2. They released an entire game for free and gave Portal away for two weeks to kick off their Mac compatibility. They’ve made Steam easier to use and prettier and have run so many ridiculous deals that I own far more games than I could ever play through thoroughly.

      I don’t see how Valve is doing now that isn’t better than what they’ve done in the past. Steam is freakin’ great if you don’t mind the DRM and games Valve has developed post-Steam have been as good as if not better than their seminal title.

      uclearlymad, I see that. But your reasons for being mad are silly.

        • Palek
        • 9 years ago

        Agreed. Valve and Steam are the best thing that has happened to PC gaming in the last decade.

        I already play GRID, Dirt 2 and a couple other games I purchased via Steam on the big screen using a controller, and they’re an absolute blast. Having the ability to navigate the Steam interface with a controller would greatly enhance the gaming experience. I just wish they also included controller support for the in-game menu in these games. It’s a chore to have to switch between the keyboard and the controller. (Maybe I’m missing a setting and it is actually is possible to use the controller?)

    • oldog
    • 9 years ago

    I find this news very funny since you can’t even re-size text within the Steam browser.

    You would think they would get that portion of the browser (firefox) working first.

      • Prospero424
      • 9 years ago

      1. The browser isn’t really part of the interface they’re talking about overhauling. It’s in-game only.

      2. The browser is based on Webkit, not Firefox.

        • oldog
        • 9 years ago

        Still…

    • Theolendras
    • 9 years ago

    I heard Sony needed some DRM experts these days… And they also need to stay in the market for a full 5 years to hand to their 10 years thing. ;o)

    • ThorAxe
    • 9 years ago

    When my 46″ Bravia lets me game in WQHD I’ll think about connecting my gaming PC to it, but since it’s limited to 1920×1080 that isn’t going to happen.

    Still kudos to Valve for broadening Steam’s appeal.

      • Dashak
      • 9 years ago

      TIL 2560×1440 = WQHD. Or, you know, 1440p.

        • ThorAxe
        • 9 years ago

        That’s right – Wide Quad High Definition, which is the resolution of the Dell U2711.

        The Dell has four times the pixels of a 1080p TV (this should have been 720p) and over five times the pixels per inch of a 46″ 1080p TV (11,834 PPI² vs 2,293 PPI²)

          • sonofsanta
          • 9 years ago

          Wouldn’t WQHD, at 2560×1440 (3,686,400), be 4 times the number of pixels of 720p, at 1280×720 (921,600)? Twice the size on each axis of the two dimensional plane for 4 times the area…

          WQHD is a little less than double 1080p. Still, y’know, /good/, but not 4 times.

            • ThorAxe
            • 9 years ago

            Yeah you are correct that should have been 4 times 1280×720 and a bit less than double 1920×1080.

            It is still over 5 times the PPI² of 1920×1080.

      • Theolendras
      • 9 years ago

      Well from the couch you’d be hard pressed to tell the difference in an action game between 1080p and WQHD with a 46″.

        • ThorAxe
        • 9 years ago

        That depends.

        The correct viewing distance for a 46″ 1080p TV is 5 feet. If you are further back than 6 feet you may as well watch 720p TV. This is why many console games look blurry on a 1080p TV when viewed from the correct distance, as the game often has to upscale from 720p or lower up to 1080p.

        When viewed from the correct distance a 27″ 2560×1440 is going to look noticably better than a 46″ 1920×1080 TV provided that the source material is adequate.

          • KoolAidMan
          • 9 years ago

          That also depends. In my home office I game on a 2560×1440 LCD, but I also have HDMI run from my PC into the home theater in my living room. The display there is a 60″ Pioneer Elite Kuro plasma.

          Honestly, both look spectacular. Yes, you have a crazy high DPI with the 27″, but given that I sit about three feet from the 27″ and nine feet away from my 60″, and the fact that it is a plasma and plasmas rule in so many ways, I’m a-ok with both.

          The biggest issue is honestly comfort, because using a mouse and keyboard from my coffee table isn’t that great compared to my desktop. Using a wireless gamepad to my PC though, it’s amazing, like an XBox on crack.

          So yeah, don’t knock it. 🙂

            • ThorAxe
            • 9 years ago

            Kuros are awesome, I wish they still made them. At least you are within the maximum THX viewing distance. At that screen size 6′ 7″ is optimal.

            I’ve hooked up my second PC to my 46″ Bravia XBR and while it was nice with a wireless mouse and keyboard, a desktop is more comfortable for FPSs.

            Still, 1080p is so meh. 🙂 Apologies to all for my elitist PC gamer view. 😛

            • KoolAidMan
            • 9 years ago

            For FPS I’ll stay in my office. More importantly, for RTS I’ll stay in my office. If there’s a genre that only works well with a mouse and keyboard, it’s that one.

            For third person games like Batman: Arkham Asylum and Darksiders, 360 gamepad all the way. I have those games on Steam and I play them with my gamepad, either in my living room or in my office. Both are great, although the living room wins out in terms of audio with the 5.1 B&W set that I have.

            So yeah, in the living room my PC is basically an XBox on crack, full 1080p and graphics settings cranked up. Given that there are some really good PC ports of games that are actually better played with a 360 gamepad, I’m all for Steam working better with that interface.

            I’ve actually wished I could navigate the grid layout of the Steam library with my gamepad, and now it looks like they’re presenting that as an option, cool!

            And regarding Kuros, yeah, its a bummer that they’re no longer made, but I saw a worthy replacement at CES last month. Panasonic 2011 plasmas, VT30 and GT30 series, WOW. Keep your eye on these if you want a new TV. 😉

            • ThorAxe
            • 9 years ago

            Yeah I also use the 360 gamepad for Batman:AA and the like.

            I also think that this is a good move by Valve and I see nothing wrong in making life easier for those that use a TV. My home theater room also wins the audio battle, I just wish I still had my 40kg Sony APM speakers from the days when they actually made great speakers, unfortunately the kids and cats got to them. 🙁

          • kamikaziechameleon
          • 9 years ago

          The fact that the majority of games don’t even make 720p is really upsetting. I got a 60 inch 1080p display and I found how appauling all 360 games look ps3 games fair better but still don’t hold a candle to pc games on this thing. People talk about how pc games have lost their edge but after having this comparison in my living room I can confirm that pc games still look remarkably better than even the best console games. COD pc looks so much better than black opps on the exact same display. PC call of duty is crisp and detailed while the 360 version looks grainy and full of muddy textures and ridiculous popin everywhere. Bad company 2 has an insane level of fidelity on pc over the 360 version. Sniping on these games feels impractical on a controller with those resolutions but on pc its a completely different experience.

            • ThorAxe
            • 9 years ago

            Totally agree.

    • JoeKiller
    • 9 years ago

    Valve is a pretty clever group of people. I’d like to put money on it is a dynamic game streaming service that renders the games on your local PC or console.

    • Prospero424
    • 9 years ago

    I still have no desire whatsoever for a console. Sure, I’d like to play RDR and a couple (literally; like 2) of other exclusives, but not if it means paying more for both the console and the games, disabling mouse and KB support, running at a lower resolution, and halving the frame rate to 30FPS for almost all modern games.

    Any one of those things I could get over. But put them all together and there’s no way I’m trading my PC for a console any time soon. I’m sure it’d be different if I didn’t already own a PC capable of gaming, but honestly, almost all modern desktop can be great gaming machines with the addition of a ~$150 graphics card.

    Hell, give me Boxee, WMC (for recording live TV) and Steam on the same machine hooked up to my HDTV at 1080p, controllable with a standard Media Center remote, a mouse/kb AND a game pad, and there’s very little else I could possibly want out of the experience.

      • adam1378
      • 9 years ago

      Consoles are good for one type of game imo…Sports games and thats it. Oh maybe Gran Turismo but that is it. They don’t even make NCAA football for pc.

    • HisDivineShadow
    • 9 years ago

    Would love it if a LAN-centric version of OnLive were introduced with this. So a gaming computer could “serve” the games you own to low-power, lite computers capable of receiving the streaming game through some kind of Steam interconnect between all the computers you own that could all have Steam installed on them.

    So your superior gaming computer sits, possibly displayless, waiting to serve up the games to your CULV laptop, your cheapo netbook, your HTPC in your den, your HTPC lite hooked to your bedroom TV.

    Each one capable of having a kb/m or a controller (or two).

    Done over a gigabit network, the latency would be so minor compared to what even a lot of people are tolerating over OnLive and it would be the kind of feature that a lot of people would buy only Steam to have access to.

    That would make for a superior than console experience a lot of the time, too.

    Steam is one of the few companies I can imagine doing this well and not abusing it in some way (ie., advertising, slowing your computers down, trying to upcharge for more features).

      • bcronce
      • 9 years ago

      Uncompressed 1080p @ 60fps would be about 350MB/sec, or about 3 times faster than what 1gb can handle. But start talking about 10gb that’s coming cheap in the next ~5 years, and you got your idea.

        • shank15217
        • 9 years ago

        There would be at least some lossless compression involved unless its directly to pixel so I don’t think it would ever be 350MB/sec

          • bcronce
          • 9 years ago

          real time video compression for 60fps could be a lot of CPU load, but with all the horse-power now-a-days.

        • Theolendras
        • 9 years ago

        Well if Samsung manage to get 1600×1200 over USB 2 maybe it can be done we reasonable latency.

      • Prospero424
      • 9 years ago

      Theoretically, RemoteFX is capable of doing this as long as the game is running on a Server 2008 R2 machine and your client machine is running Win 7 SP1.

      But yeah, I have yet to see this work in person. I’ve seen it working with games like Crysis in YouTube videos, but this is something I will need to get my hands on before I accept it as a viable solution.

      Still, it’s neat to know the technology is already here.

        • kamikaziechameleon
        • 9 years ago

        I think localized cloud computing will start to take off in the home some day soon hopefully. I was playing crysis and call of duty on my eee pc through one of those streaming apps a year or so ago. Hopefully they can make 1080p run solid soon.

    • potatochobit
    • 9 years ago

    It’s sad how immature tech report users are
    every post here has received a negative rating and I’m sure more are incoming
    of course, my day would not be complete without my gaggle of little fanboys following me around

      • TaBoVilla
      • 9 years ago

      lol dude, the only comments I see down-rated on this page are yours, all others are ++14 smiley face =D

      • ssidbroadcast
      • 9 years ago

      Relax and try to look at the big picture…

        • derFunkenstein
        • 9 years ago

        the big, 50″ 1080p picture best viewed from around 10′ away from the screen?

          • Palek
          • 9 years ago

          It’s not as funny when somebody spells it out…

          • paulWTAMU
          • 9 years ago

          when playing games I sit about 3-4′ from my 50″ HDTV. It’s…intense

    • Bensam123
    • 9 years ago

    I agree… cool idea, but I don’t think this will save people from simply abandoning ship for consoles if they want to turn into a couch potato. I don’t think there is a lot that would save people from that.

      • demani
      • 9 years ago

      See, I think it would go the other way: here’s a system that has crazy sales, plenty of variety, and does lots of other stuff if you want to, for not much more than an Xbox 360; and the games can be played at your friends house too!

      I do have a HTPC (don’t even have cable TV), so Steam from the couch would be nice for me.

    • cynan
    • 9 years ago

    This would be perfect for me as I currently have my main gaming PC in an adjoining room connected to my HDTV (AV receiver) via a 30 foot HDMI cable (thank you, Monoprice). It would be nice to have the flexibility to either use steam from my desk or lounging on the couch, depending on the game, and my druthers at the time – and have this support built from the console (Steam).

    I just wonder how many people have a gaming PC connected to their main television (home theater PC maybe)…

      • Chrispy_
      • 9 years ago

      [quote<]I just wonder how many people have a gaming PC connected to their main television (home theater PC maybe)...[/quote<] My HTPC has been the primary gaming PC for a couple of years now. The "main" desktop is now the content server, torrentbox and spare which gets all the hand-me-down parts.

        • khands
        • 9 years ago

        Pretty much the same here, only I’ve got everything on my main in the living room.

      • bill94el
      • 9 years ago

      Currently PC gaming on a 47″ in the mancave. Couldn’t believe it when my wife approved getting a second HDTV. At the time she thought it was only for TV. The 20″ PC monitor is beside it and I setup Ultramon with two profiles…one for 2-monitors and one for just the PC monitor. Now I can watch TV and surf…or game on the big screen with a second monitor for checking temps and ventrilo or teamspeak.

      Overscan is bad on the HDTV so I had to tone it down to 1680×1050, but trust me when I tell you it still looks great.

        • Palek
        • 9 years ago

        Overscan?

        You should be able to adjust your video card settings so that there is zero overscan. I’m not sure about nVidia, but I can tell you that an ATi card over DVI or HDMI will work with zero overscan, beautiful dot-by-dot 1080p output. There is a slider in the control panel for adjusting overscan – knock it down to zero and you should be good. I have a Radeon HD 5670 connected to our TV and it works beautifully.

      • Theolendras
      • 9 years ago

      I’m planning to do just the same, just need a weekend to pass all those wires behind the walls.

    • Farting Bob
    • 9 years ago

    BUT WHAT ABOUT HALF LIFE 3?????????

    There, said it so we can move on.
    It makes sense i guess, making Steam look pretty on a 50″ TV will help PC gamers use their La-Z-boys while shooting arab zombies in the face.

      • mac_h8r1
      • 9 years ago

      I’d be happy with HL2 Episode 3.

        • Joerdgs
        • 9 years ago

        I’m gonna be realistic and say I’m going to be happy with Portal 2.

          • Game_boy
          • 9 years ago

          I’d be happy if they kept the original voice actor for the camera thing in Portal 2.

            • derFunkenstein
            • 9 years ago

            I’d be happy if they kept the original voice actor for Gordon Freeman.

    • potatochobit
    • 9 years ago

    maybe most of gabe will fit in the picture now

      • StuG
      • 9 years ago

      [url<]http://i360.photobucket.com/albums/oo49/goodguy001/HalfLife2PCVideoGames.jpg[/url<]

      • grantmeaname
      • 9 years ago

      That’s freaking hilarious! Sorry TR is being seven on you.

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