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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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no, but if I could afford it and could get my xbox friends to switch over then I would
Ive been wanting to do this very thing. Gotta get the wife on bored first though. I dont see why anyone with a HDTV wouldnt do this as some new models (like my LG :D) have 2d to 3d converters for unlimited 3d content.
Yes I do, and I love it!
My PC is currently hooked up to a 32 inch HDTV, so yes I do use my tv as a monitor. That being said, as nice as Steam's TV mode is, I don't have a use for it. My TV is my primary monitor and is sitting on my desk, so I don't use an xbox controller (or other joypad) to play most games. Still, I think that consoles can take a few notes from Steam's Big Picture, namely the virtual keyboard.
I plan on getting an HD projector for my PC and Xbox in one location. PC is better for graphic intensive games and Xbox is better for social gaming. I wish I could combine the two. Hopefully windows 8 is a step in this direction.
i like both the same.
Yes. PC gaming on my HDTV Is the only way I play. :) I do like the new big picture option on Steam. My PC feels like a gaming console now.
Generally no, but it mostly depends on the game.
I'm kind of weird in that I use a 22" PC monitor for both my Xbox 360 and PC, an HDTV for my PS3, and an standard-def TV for my Wii.
I rarely use the screen on my laptop. Love my PC on a big-screen.
I have my desktop pc hooked up to my 46" Sony Bravia, I use a wireless keyboard and regular mouse with extended USB cable. It's fantastic playing games like Skyrim on the big screen.
I dinked around with Steam's big picture beta, but since it seems to be designed for controllers it isn't very intuitive for my setup.
I did recently buy a wired 360 controller so I can play Dark Souls on steam, and I liked the setup enough to pick-up Hell Yeah! on Steam as well. I don't think I'd be quite ready to migrate away from some of the key console experience but I can certainly see a viable option in PC for it nowadays.
I personally cannot wait for this. I am a PC gamer, so something I could play in my game room and then go to the living room with my wife and play the same games I have already purchased. I will never buy a console again!!!!
Playing on a PC with your HDTV as a monitor? Yes and I love it. I use a 26" LED/LCD TV and my games look amazing even when set on poop quality. The computer only cost $550 to build and the TV was $300. When I see people who bought themselves an fancy Mac or a pre-assembled PC for $1200+ I laugh a little under my breath X)
For games that I get ridiculously on sale...like the recent THQ bundle, I use Big Picture Mode and it works quite well. I'm loving Saints Row The Third so far. My preference is always console though. I use a wired Xbox controller for all my PC games