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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 am typing this comment on my tv :) yes I have my PC hooked up to my 32" hd tv as well as my xbox360. I switch between the two with the click of a button and love it. however, my living room is getting lonely since everything is now in my bedroom lol.
So, to answer this question; yes I do have my pc hooked up to my hd tv and I love it. far better display than the standard monitor and ten times larger so I don't have to squint.
I do it all the time. very rarely do I use the monitor by my PC. I've got a controller and a mouse and keyboard set up in front of the TV, depending on what PC game i'm playing.Once I got used to it, I can't imagine doing it differently.
For more PC focused games such as Starcraft or other RTS's I don't, and other games like Skyrim just because I'm so used to using keyboard/mouse with it.
But for console style games that were ported to PC, I just hook up a PS3 controller to my PC, hook my PC up to my TV and I'm good to go.
That's why I love steam sales, you get like 10 'console' games for the price you'd pay for 1 of them at retail.
as an avid PC gamer, I have a separate gaming room in my house. Its just awkward with a bulky desktop in the living room. and wireless keyboards and mouses aren't that reliable in my personal opinion. Its not like you can just sit on the couch with them either. I do plan on putting a much bigger screen in here though! I'll just have to enjoy it alone :P
I've been a serious PC gamer since 2008 and I've always wanted to play my PC games on my HDTV. I just don't like having to squint to see what's happening onscreen when playing on consoles. PC just has better visuals and it's always updated. The announcement of Big Picture for Steam is what I've always wanted. I will also use the controller for some games, but I will still use keyboard and mouse for most games because of the precision.
The TV/monitor isn't the barrier for entry for playing PC games, it's the PC. I have my computer and PS3 hooked up to the same HDTV in the living room, but I play console games. PCs need to be kept current to enjoy the changing specs of the latest games. It's much easier to game on a dedicated console.
I like my PC but it will never replace my console. having said that when I go to get a chance to play my PC on my TV say when my wife's not watching TV or on the PC Diablo 3 is my preferred favorite
I just play on consoles. I would need to upgrade my PC if I want to play PC games.
I plan on doing so, but I just need the equipment (Gamepad and cable)
My HTPC went through a a few iterations... I tried two different actual HTPC cases and didn't like how much heat they produced with my GTX465GE (unlocked now to a 470 :) )
So, one day at Fry's I saw a Coolermaster Storm Sniper on a half price sale and grabbed it up. SO glad I did, granted it's a MONSTER case, but I think it looks fine next to my tv stand. I also don't really mind the noise of the fans. Of course I always prefer function over form. So having a case that runs really cool and has a lot of upgrade space is vital for me.
I want to say this though.... When I hear ppl talking about not wanting to use a mouse and keyboard with a HTPC I just don't get it... I use 150 percent DPI so seeing the screen isn't a problem even at 10+feet away. Most games I play I use a wired 360 controller (the best you can get IMHO), but even with a game like Borderlands 2 I still use a mouse and keyboard. I even was able to get System Shock 2 to work on the big screen in 1080 (thank you guys who made the screen resolution script). I got a Logitech Wave Wireless keyboard and mouse combo that I can use with any of the seats in my living room.
Granted, some games don't work in the 150 dpi, so I have a user account set at normal dpi for games like that.
I don't even use the big screen mode now that it's out. The 150 dpi makes steam perfectly legible. I'm more excited about being able to install games to other hard drives.
I have my 360 and PC hooked up to my LCD TV in my man cave. Console gaming + PC gaming + porn = WIN!
I've been playing this way for years.
I sit on a lazy boy on the other side of the room with a wireless mouse and keyboard. Only problem with using a PC this way is I get so comfortable that I fall aslee...zzzzzzzzzzzzzz
Yeah, having a huge monitor that subs as a tv is the best place to play.