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Valve's "Big Picture" TV Service Goes Live

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    Valve's "Big Picture" TV service goes live | Brier Dudley's Blog | The Seattle Times (click for full article)

    "Bellevue game developer Valve just launched its assault on the living room, going live with its "Big Picture" service, which brings its hugely successful Steam game network to the TV.


    Steam is the largest online store and network for core PC games, with 50 million users and a library of thousands of titles, including Valve hits such as the "Portal" and "Left 4 Dead" franchises. Valve now is calling Steam "the ultimate entertainment platform," challenging Sony's PlayStation, Microsoft's Xbox, Nintendo's Wii, Google TV, TiVo, Roku and other connected-TV platforms.


    Big Picture brings the free service to TV sets with a new interface and a full Web browser that's designed for use with either a keyboard or a game controller.


    This gives Valve a foothold in the living room where game hardware companies are turning their consoles into online media hubs, connecting users to friends and web content as well as games."
     
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