Valve is formally letting customers check out a new model of Steam’s Big Picture mode, which makes the recreation consumer appear to be its well-liked Steam Deck handheld. The long-awaited change (we had been hearing rumblings about it in July 2021) is an enormous improve for the gamepad-friendly model of the Steam person interface.
In a news post, the firm warns that the new UI has “rough edges” however says it’s seeking to collect suggestions from the group on it. In addition to the up to date look, the take a look at additionally consists of new options, together with a common search that’ll floor outcomes from your library, associates checklist, and the retailer in addition to updates to the fast entry and system menus and controller configurator.
It’s more likely to be a welcome change for individuals who ceaselessly use Steam with a controller — the present model of Big Picture mode in all fairness purposeful, however the aesthetic hasn’t modified a ton since the characteristic launched in 2012. Even although the Steam consumer itself doesn’t really feel notably trendy, it’s nonetheless a bit jarring every time you swap over to the (very blue) Big Picture mode.
To take a look at out the new Big Picture mode for your self, allow the beta model of the consumer by clicking the “Steam” button in the top-left nook and going to Settings > Account and clicking the “Change” button in the “Beta participation” part. Select “Steam Beta Update” from the drop-down menu, hit OK, and restart Steam to obtain the replace.
Then, you’ll need to arrange a shortcut that launches Steam in the beta Big Picture mode (clicking the Big Picture button in the consumer will launch the previous model). To do this, go to your Start menu, kind in Steam, right-click on the app, and choose “open file location.” Personally, I selected to repeat the shortcut onto my desktop as an alternative of modifying the one in the Start menu so I’d have the possibility of launching the common UI or the Steam Deck one. Whichever route you go, right-click the shortcut, click on “Properties,” then add “-gamepadui” to the finish of the goal path — you’ll need it outdoors of the current quote marks, and be certain to not copy the quotes proven right here. Hit apply, and you’ll be left with a shortcut that you can launch the new UI with.