Steam Deck UI to Replace Big Picture Mode

by in General | Jul, 23rd 2021

Valve’s Steam Deck will feature a staggeringly beautiful UI, one that took us all by surprise back when it was first showcased a couple of days ago! Steam isn’t exactly the most impressive when it comes to user interface and aesthetics, although it’s not particularly egregious either. It’s like one of those programs and services we’ve all been using for years, so it matters very little whether it looks great or not.

With Steam, it’s all about function, rather than form.

What Does the UI Look Like?


The UI Valve had made for Steam Deck, however, is a sight for sore eyes. It’s obviously been designed with its 7″ touch screen in mind and will allow users to navigate their libraries with more ease. But that’s not even the best part — we’ve gotten official confirmation that this slick new UI will be replacing the (severely) outdated Big Picture Mode! The fact that such a mode even exists really goes to show that Valve tried to provide its users with as many ways to enjoy their games as possible, but seeing how it’s nearly a decade old at this point, we’d be remiss if we didn’t say that it’s starting to show its age. 

Steam Deck’s UI, on the other hand, is a lot more in tune with the times and current usability trends and will surely improve everyone’s gaming experience in a myriad of ways. It goes without saying, but we can’t wait for this whole transition to happen!  

There’s still no concrete ETA on when it’ll all go down, but at least we know it’s in the works!

There’s a Cause for Optimism

This peculiar little product has already garnered a ton of mainstream attention, although it still remains to be seen whether it’ll actually breakthrough and put portable gaming PCs on the map in ways the AYA NEO and GPD WIN couldn’t. There’s great potential, but Valve doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to hardware — they’ve often been ahead of their time, so our fear and hesitancy to board the hype train are definitely well-founded.

Still, their willingness to push boundaries has to be applauded. We weren’t quite sure how the community would respond to such a niche product, but it’s fair to say that Valve’s efforts are already bearing fruit!


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