AshleyAshes Posted October 4, 2015 Share Posted October 4, 2015 PC Console Gaming Master Race?With Valve's 'Steam Machines' due for release this November, Valve has been reworking their Big Picture Mode with improvements and changes. Steam is always in open beta so you can just opt into the beta stream to see the changes that will be rolled out soon. So far they've made changes in usibility, suggesting games you've never played before and such. I think they have a way to go to really compete with with the interfaces seen on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 but it's a move in the right direction.I'm a big user of Big Picture Mode, while I have no interest in the Linux based Steam Machines, I have Windows 7 based Home Theater PCs that switch between Kodi and Steam BPM for my media and gaming needs. Basically, I use PCs as game consoles.It seems that Valve is really serious about this Steam Machine thing and their efforts on Big Picture Mode, which really brings PC Gaming to the living room there are some caveats. For example, I have my Windows HTPCs setup to switch between Steam and Kodi and it's Kodi that allows me to access my TV shows, movies, Twitch, YouTube, and anything else 'Media' wise. The stand alone Steam Machines running Linux only offer 'games' thus far. I think additional media apps will be necessary for these machines to improve their value to the users, especially as some models of Steam Machine will cost as much or well more than a game console, a game console that has no difficulty giving users access to lots of media options. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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