After years of incremental updates, Steam Big Picture mode is finally getting a long-awaited overhaul. Valve announced on Thursday that Big Picture mode's new interface—the same one used on the Steam Deck—is now available for testing. "This update has been a long time coming, and we’re very excited to start gathering community feedback," Valve wrote.
The new Big Picture mode is based off of the interface for Valve's Steam Deck handheld console. The mode features a new home screen interface that will display your most recently played games, and have tabs for What's New, Friends, and a Recommended section. In the upper right-hand corner, there will be a profile section, various indicators and a universal search bar. The universal search will allow you to look up anything in your Library, Steam Store, and your friends list.
The controller-first interface was designed especially for the Steam Deck, but its integration into Steam makes sense – providing greater brand recognition between the Steam Deck and the Steam library on PC.
And it happens to be a pretty decent interface, too.
Here's Valve's quick overview of what's changing:
New Universal Search, that searches across Library, Store, and your friends
New controller configurator, designed for ease-of-use of picking, adjusting, or creating custom controller configurations
Optimized Steam Store for controller navigation
Updated in-game overlay, with access to achievements and guides (Press Steam / Guide / PS button while in 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 Steam + A)
The update is accessible to anyone who uses the Steam Client beta (Steam Settings > Account > Beta participation).
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