Is VALVe Gearing Up To Battle Nintendo, Sony And Microsoft’s Next-Gen Gaming Con ReviewPosted on 2012-12-20 09:58:20 by Thomas De Maesschalck
Anyone even remotely associated with gaming knows about Steam. VALVe’s software evolved from being a lowly bare-bones digital-rights management (DRM) nuisance to a tremendously successful digital-content distribution system holding well over 80-85% of market share on PC. VALVe recently rolled out Steam’s Big Picture Mode, a new UI designed specifically for TV’s making it easier for users who prefer console environments of sitting far away with controllers in hand. The push for BPM was quite substantial, as it had only been in beta for a few months. For a company like VALVe that operates in “VALVe Time“, it comes as a surprise that BPM would be released (and finished) so quickly, especially considering that PC games and gamers alike prioritize mouse and keyboard desktop settings.