Steam by Valve is the go-to storefront for everything PC gaming in the current year. Not only the application allows gamers to purchase titles and play off of them, but it also provides nifty features like cloud save and more.
Much like every piece of software, Steam tests its PC client regularly with new features. Similarly, after the userbase praised the UI of the Steam Deck, the company started testing it on the main PC client.
Releasing the news through a blog post, Valve says that they plan on updating the Big Picture mode of Steam with the new interface, making it available for testing. The blog post further confirms that this update was in the making for a long time.
To the new Big Picture mode on Steam client features the following:
- New Home Screen, where you can continue playing recent games and see what’s new with the games in your library.
- New Universal Search that searches across the Library, Store, and friends
- New controller configurator, designed for ease of use of picking, adjusting, or creating custom controller configurations
- Optimized Steam Store for controller navigation
- An updated in-game overlay that gives access to achievements and guides in-game.
- A new system menu for quick navigation to various parts of the interface.
- Finally, a new quick access menu for access to notifications, friends list, quick settings and more.
Valve said that the team is still testing and polishing it, but it is at a point where they are ready to gather feedback. To try the new Big Picture mode, players need to opt into the Steam Client Beta and, in the Steam launch shortcut, add a -gamepadui launch parameter.