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 What is Big Picture mode?

Big Picture is a new mode of Steam designed for use with your TV and game controller, so you can enjoy your Steam games from the comfort of your couch. With the press of a button, Steam displays a new full-screen user interface which has been completely redesigned for readability and interaction on TV. It can also be used on your usual computer display.


What platforms does Big Picture mode support?

Big Picture is currently available on any PC running Windows Vista, 7 or 8, or any Mac running Mac OS X 10.6 or later. Please click here for a full list of system requirements.

On Windows, Big Picture mode requires DirectWrite. This is built in to Windows 7, and is available for Windows Vista via SP2 and the Vista Platform Update. These are normally delivered via Windows Update, but if your computer does not have them installed, you can download them directly from Microsoft.

On the Mac, a third-party driver must be used to enable the Xbox 360 controller. A driver is available from


How to Connect Your Computer to Your TV:

The method of connecting your computer to your TV depends upon your computer's hardware. Please follow the link below for the appropriate video card you are using:


How to launch Big Picture mode

Once your computer is running on the desired display, launch Steam. Click the “Big Picture” button featured in the top right corner in the Steam client, or press the home button on your controller while using the Steam client.

To exit this mode, click or press your controller’s “A” button while focused on the “Exit” button in the upper right hand corner of the screen. Another quick way to go into and out of Big Picture's fullscreen mode is to press ALT + ENTER on your keyboard.


Big Picture Menu


1. Your Profile, Downloads, and News

2. The Time, Settings, and Exit Button

3. Steam Menus

4. Web Browser

5. Friends Menu


Controller Support levels

Any Steam game can be played while in Big Picture mode, though not all Steam games support the use of a controller. Currently, Big Picture supports the Xbox 360 Wireless Controller for Windows, the Xbox 360 Wired Controller, and the Logitech Wireless Gamepad F710. To determine whether a game is controller-enabled, please refer to the following tags:


Full Support  

Titles marked with “Full Controller Support” indicate that they can be downloaded, launched and played using only a controller.  These titles do not require a mouse or keyboard on hand for any configuration or in-game setup.


Partial Support  

Titles marked with “Partial Controller Support” indicate that mouse and keyboard may be required from time to time.  A controller may be used while in game, however installation,  configuration and overall user interface may only be optimized for mouse and keyboard.


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