Big Picture, the mode that transforms Steam’s user interface into a more console-like design better suited for televisions and controllers than monitors and mice, may not be around for long. According to austinp_valve, a Valve employee Post in the Steam Community Forums, the new user interface is dated just announced Steam Deck handheld PC to replace Big Picture mode in the desktop version of Steam as well.
Valve announced the Big Picture mode in 2011 and released it the following year. The mode formed the basis of the user interface for SteamOS, the version of Linux that shipped on console-style devices that were part of Valve’s unfortunate Steam Machine project. Since the Steam Deck is running a completely new version of the operating system called SteamOS 3.0, it makes sense that the redesigned user interface should return to the PC client – especially since Big Picture has been feeling out of date for some time.
Valve does not provide an ETA as to when the new user interface will be introduced on existing PCs. The Steam Deck is slated to ship in December, although the Demand level has led to incoming orders being postponed until the middle of next year.