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During a recent interview with Kotaku, Valve's Gabe Newell discussed the popularity of Steam's Big Picture mode and the future of PC gaming on television sets.
"I think in general that most customers and most developers are gonna find that [the PC is] a better environment for them," said Newell. "Because they won't have to split the world into thinking about 'why are my friends in the living room, why are my video sources in the living room different from everyone else?' So in a sense we hopefully are gonna unify those environments."
Most modern HDTVs feature PC inputs, and DVI/VGA-to-HDMI cables are always an option for those that don't. Personally, I've loved playing PC versions of XCOM, Dishonored, and Far Cry 3 on my television. Is this an option you've personally used, or do you tend to stick to traditional consoles?
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I actually recently purchased a new monitor, which you could probably call an HDTV. I really love how all my games look now, and I love that I can play my console games while the GF uses the actual TV for her Netflix
I play my PC on a TV. It's awesome.
when given the chance i will. but i mostly use consoles
I like traditional consoles quite a bit, especially since all I've got to use computer-wise is a 7 year old macbook pro (but hey, it plays Civ V so its more than ok in my book)... Maybe that'll change once I'm able to grab a wired Xbox 360 controller to play with, but right now its just a bit too unwieldy for me to switch back and forth. Its lazy, but the simplicity of tapping my xbox with my foot, grabbing a controller and tossing on a headset significantly impacts my will to play on something that takes a little closer to 3 minutes to prepare. But I realize this is largely my own issue and not the norm. :P
Since my PS3 died a few months ago I've switched to PC gaming.
My computer was always connected to my HDTV for videos/netflix/etc. but now I play with an X-Box controller on the couch same as I did on the PS3. I'm taking it an extra step now, with the Logitech K400, I'm sitting on the couch typing this on my TV.
I think PC on HDTV is the way of the future. I'd love to see more projects like Steam's Big Picture Mode.
Yep, typing from a computer hooked up to my TV right now. I prefer playing PC games via ps3 controller if available.
Not really, but I might now.
Having been a PC gamer for so long I used to dream of playing some of these games on a big screen. Now that I have a 22" widescreen monitor, putting games on my 46" HDTV and then sitting 10 feet away generally makes things more difficult to see and I see no point in doing so.
If it works flawlessly with my wireless Xbox 360 controller (meaning that I don't have to manually map the controls for EVERY game on the PC), I'm down.
I do everything on my PC through my TV... only because that way I don't have to buy a monitro :P
This article made me chuckle.
I used to game on a 27 inch Dell monitor. At our semi annual LAN parties my friends would always comment on how "huge" the monitor was. Most of them have monitors in the 22 inch range.
For the last year I've been gaming on a wall mounted (thanks monoprice!) 52 inch Samsung TV.
I wouldn't DREAM of going back to a tiny monitor.
So add me to the category of people who use a TV for a PC Monitor.
Nope, having been a console player for 5+ years, and a PC Gamer for about 6, I for one, have grown to hate bigger TV's. I know it sounds odd, but I prefer having my Laptop 17" screen as it is more compact and I don't need to move my eyes to see everything I need to see, everything is in on smaller space so I can focus more on what I am doing than to worry about the little things.
TV and PC. The console is SOOOOOO... like yesterday.
My computer is central in the living room.
Too lazy for PC gaming, if you know what I mean.
What I think Valve needs to do is just bridge the gap between console and PC like they're saying. If they can make a PC that is easier to upgrade than others in existence, maybe by developing new hardware that can be simply connect via a wired or a sort of "cartridge" input. That of which can also be a console and easily connect to the television, and other Living Room mediums...the possibilities.
When it comes to the TV i tend to stick with consoles. Since some PC games are made at a resolution higher then 1080, they tend to look like garbage when put on a TV.
i'm actually getting a pc in a couple of days and am hooking it up to the flatscreen in my room.
Well, yes and no. The way my apartment is currently arranged my TV serves as both my TV and computer monitor, depending on where I want to sit and what I want to do.