And so the world shall know the Big Picture as Valve understands it. Or in other words, Valve has released their PC to console conversion system Big Picture for public consumption, now available worldwide in over 20 languages. Nothing complicated, it's just the Steam everyone is familiar with, but designed to be hooked up to a television and run with a controller. Top it off with a Steam sale celebration on 30 controller-enabled games and there's really no reason not to try Big Picture out.
This may seem like a complicated thing, PCs on a television, but really Valve has gone a long way to simplify the process. Hooking your PC up to ouput to the television is as technical as it gets, though most modern TVs have a connection that should work with your video card's output connections. Then all that's needed is to open Steam on the PC and click the "Big Picture" icon in the upper right-hand corner of the Steam window. Ta-da! The new Steam UI designed for televisions is ready to go.
I tried Big Picture out on my PC with ease, and recommend everyone else try it out too. It works the same way it would on a television on a standard monitor. This way, folk can become accustomed to Big Picture before trying it out on their television. It's also a good way of setting up a controller without having to jump between the television and the PC monitor while working out the kinks.
Oh, about controllers, Big Picture has been tested with Xbox 360 Wireless Controller for Windows, Xbox 360 Wired Controller, and the Logitech Wireless Gamepad F710. Keyboard and mouse also supported. Odds are if you've got another controller you've had running on your PC before, it can be calibrated to work with Big Picture too.
Feel free to try out Big Picture today, or if Steam on TV doesn't interest you, check out the great sale on titles like Castle Crashers, Mark of the Ninja and Counter Strike: Global Offensive. The Steam sale lasts through December 10, but Big Picture is here to stay.